“Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.” Auguste Gusteau (Ratatouille)
That’s the whole premise of the animated movie – in essence, you can cook! But not everyone can run and manage a restaurant. It takes more than a culinary degree to operate a profitable business daily – from updating the interactive food menu to guarding against employee theft.
That does not mean that you cannot pick up a few tricks that professional cooks and chefs for your home cooking.
Everything in its rightful place
If you happen to catch a glimpse of a high-level restaurant kitchen, you can’t help but admire how the cooks and chefs seemed to thrive amidst the chaos, especially during peak hours.
One reason behind that is the mise en place. Essentially, a mise en place is a chef’s basic setup, from the most-used ingredients and spices down to his trusty tools. This allows him to grab everything within arm’s reach without needing to scramble all over the kitchen or pantry.
At home, you can also have your personal setup by organizing your kitchen workspace. Make sure that your most-frequently-used ingredients are readily available, allowing you to breeze past through any recipe.
Keep your knives sharp
Quite simply, a sharp knife is an efficient knife. If you take the time to sharpen your knife sharp, you’ll be able to breeze through prep time, and easily handle just about any ingredient, from veggies to meat.
Invest in the essentials
When you are just starting, it can be tempting to splurge on various kitchen tools and implements apart from your knife.
However, you should stick with the basics first, with a keen sight on the things that will provide you with the most value. These include whisks, tongs, mixing bowls, and sheet pans. As for your pantry, make sure you stock up on essentials that you can use for a diverse array of dishes. These include eggs, quality bacon, pasta, and flour.
Measure twice, cut once
Professionals need to churn out dishes within a limited time, often with significant consideration of the patience of the diners. That leaves them with little room for error.
At home, make it a habit to plan your cook time. This makes things more efficient and prevents untimely trips to the local store for ingredients that you forgot to buy.
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