Cooking can be more easy and perfect if you know the right "cooking method" and "techniques" to cook your food. Today, we are sharing some essential and most common cooking methods that can make a divine food for your table.
These methods and techniques can easily be applied according to recipe requirements. Many new cooking learners get confused like which method needs to use at which type. These methods will help you to make your food delicious.
Most Common Cooking Method to Make Your Food Divine
You can use this "different method of cooking" in your kitchen. There is a basic classification of cooking method:
- Moist heat cooking methods
- Dry heat cooking methods
- Combination of moist and dry
So let's delve into it to get more details:
In 'moist heat cooking method' liquid is used as a source to cook food. It could be a oil, water or any other food texture that made with liquid. Below are the few methods that you can use to cook food using the moist cooking technique.
This technique refers to simmer food in liquid. 'Poached eggs' is the most famous recipe in which you place food in water or sauce to cook. This is also a recommended food technique to prepare weight loss food dishes. You can poach variety of food like meat and vegetables.
2) Deep Frying
In deep frying method, normally the high quantity of oil is used to fry the food. As the name depicts the food should be drowned into the oil to use this method. Normally french fries, fried chicken that you normally take from famous fast food restaurants use this cooking method to deep fry the food.
3) Shallow Frying
As the name specifies that food cooks using a small amount of oil. As a matter of fact, 'Shallow frying' is the most common technique to prepare or fry food like 'cutlet', 'fried eggs', 'omelet' and others. It's simple and easy to apply as a cooking method.
Another technique to cook the food is 'steaming' in which food cooks on high temperature and get tender using hot water vapors. If you are on diet then this cooking technique is the most recommended to adopt in your daily cooking routine. To steam the food you can place food in cooking steamer or you can also use a pan with boil water and place strainer over it and cover it to make homemade stainer. Now you can place your food like fish, chicken, vegetables over the strainer to cook it properly.
5) Saute - Stir Fry
Sauting or stir fry is the cooking technique to use a very low amount of oil to cook food. In this method, the oil quantity is thinner and normally use to prepare stir-fry dishes.
In this cooking technique normally the food cooked in their own juice or liquid. Basting is much similar to a roasting method. The end result of basting shows juicy, gravy driven food with some roasted effect on the upper skin. It's a delicious way to cook food using this method. You can apply 'basting' on meat and vegetables.
In boiling the food is cooked using water/liquid as the main source. It's a simple and easy cooking method and technique to cook food.
One of the most technical method. Blanching is the most used cooking process to boil or scaled the vegetables in hot water and after a short duration, hot water needs to drain out and vegetable needs to place in cold or chilled water. Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins.
Conventionally 'dry heat cooking method' specifies cooking without water. Food cooks by exposing to heat without any liquid addition. Let's take an in length look to cook food in dry form!
Many people ask this question like what is broiling? It's similar to grilling in which food directly expose to heat to cook the upper layers. You can easily broil your food using the oven to turn on the radiation from upside. Broiling is normally termed as fast method of cooking like sometimes you give some sort of grill effect to your food to make it more delicious and tempting in a first glance.
Watch the video to learn about "What is Broiling"
One of the best technique to prepare gravy style food. It's a slow cooking process on low heat in which food is being cooked with liquid to form stock/gravy/sauce. As the liquid gets thickened and food become tender the cooking is complete. Most recommended preparing stew food on the cooking stove.
Grilling is same as broiling where you give color to your food by exposing heat. The only difference between grilling and broiling is: in grilling the heat comes from downside and in broiling it comes from the upside of cooking oven. For grilling purpose, people use a different type of grillers to cook food.
Baking is the most sophisticated method of cooking that uses dry heat to cook food. Most people use the oven as a medium to bake food, Traditionally people use hot stones to bake food. Normally people make confectionery product using this method like to make cake, cookies, and bread.
Exciting and most thrilling cooking method that normally people use to cook their food using charcoal. It's a most demanding way of cooking and normally people love to eat barbeque food. It's delicious to eat and people love the charcoal aroma. You can cook meat and vegetables using barbeque method.
One of the most famous methods of cooking is 'Roasting' which require food to cook using indirect heat. Normally people love the roasting using the oven. In this cooking technique, food cooks initially on the high 'indirect heat' and after few minutes switch to 'medium heat' so the food cook from inside. It makes food juicy from inside and roasted from the upper side. Preferably you can use meat to roast inside the oven also try with the vegetables. It tastes awesome!
Combination of Dry and Moist Method
Basically, it comes from 'braiser' the French word and it's cooking method that you both dry and moist heat method. In this cooking technique, the food is cooked on high temperature and then you can keep it on low by adding liquid. Most of the South Asian cooking based on 'braising' method. Most of the meat curries are made using this method.