5 Bad Cooking Habits You Shouldn't Learn
You may not be the best cook in the world but you are trying. Hooray for you!
You can cook without any help but we think everyone can always improve and level up their cooking skills. However, there are some cooking habits that you might develop or learn along the way that might stop you from cooking better with every recipe that you make.
If you're still new to cooking, here are the bad habits you shouldn't learn:
1. You do not defrost safely.
If you learned how to defrost frozen meats on the countertop, you are not thawing your meats safely. Defrosting meats or any food that came from the freezer is slowly in the refrigerator. The reason behind this slow thawing is to allow the meats to stay at a constant temperature where it prevents the bacteria from having a chance to grow and multiply to levels that can cause food-borne illnesses.
If you need to defrost meat, here three ways to defrost safely:
- Defrost safely in the refrigerator at least overnight up to 2 days ahead.
- Defrost safely in cold water, submerged.
- Defrost safely in the microwave, at the defrost setting.
2. You do not preheat the pan.
If there is one good reason to preheat your pan, it's this: preheating your pan will prevent your food from sticking to the pan. Not doing this pre-cooking step is one of the ways you can cause your meat to not only stick, but to develop a grayish tinge. It makes your meat sweat, instead of searing on the bottom, and it also prevents you from creating the delicious flavor that only growing your meat can develop.
The same step applies when you are going to roast food in the oven. Creating an environment where the heat is constant before your place your food in it is very important to cooking as well as baking.
Besides, preheating your pan should not take too long, a few minutes tops, so exhibit patience and you will be rewarded with flavorful and beautifully browned meat every time.
3. You crowd your pan.
You may have remembered to preheat your pan but if you're still trying to cram as many pieces of food in the pan that it can fit in it, stop! You need to extend your patience further to this next step, so that the beautiful sear you started creating will continue to develop and become a golden brown and delicious layer. When you crowd your pan, you not only lower the heat because there are more colder pieces of food your pan needs to accommodate but it will also need more time to get back up to the temperature you need to sear those meats.
That's why cooking in batches is a great tip for those who are cooking in a small pan or are cooking a big batch of food.
4. You are using a dull knife.
Did you know that using a dull knife is more dangerous than using a sharp one? The reason behind this theory is that using a knife with a dull edge requires you to exert more effort to slice through the food you're cutting compared to using a sharp knife which will more effortless make the cut. This is also the reason why you might find prepping food is more tedious, too.
Don't worry though if you think you need an expensive knife. You don't! What you do need is to know how to maintain and sharpen your knife.
5. You forget to rest meat.
Resting meat isn't just for steaks! Resting meat is all about allowing the meat's juices to settle, so if you have ever cut into meat only to see its juices spill out where the cut was made, you failed to rest your meat and will eventually be eating meat that has dried up.
In fact, resting meat is a skill that needs to be applied to any meat that has been cooked. This includes steaks, any meat that has been roasted or fried, and even meat that has been stewed or braised for slow cooking.
Did you develop a bad cooking habit? Kick it before it takes over your cooking and makes you a bad cook!
This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
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4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
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Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.
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