Creating flavorful low sodium recipes can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced cook. Achieving flavorful low sodium recipes can seem impossible for the new cook. Someone who is just learning how to cook and now is told to cook without salt may feel hopeless. What to do? Just know there are many ways to add flavor to low sodium recipes.Learning to apply this one cooking tip actually a cooking technique will help conquer bland and turn low sodium recipes into more flavorful food. This amazing cooking technique is called browning or caramelizing.Learning to brown your food, is so important to cooking rich, flavorful, low sodium recipes. It doesn’t matter if you are browning meats, vegetables like onions, even fresh garlic or tomato paste. Browning also adds a sweetness to vegetables and helps mellow out any sharp tastes. Taking the time to do this one step will make a huge difference with the richness and depth of color and flavor, especially with regard to low sodium recipes.Browning for the best results means using a heavy or medium-heavy pan, Dutch oven, or skillet, over a low to medium-low heat. Not over a medium-high or high heat for this process, (at least not until you gain some cooking experience). Take your time. Most folks tend to brown too fast over too high of a heat and burn instead of brown. We are not searing here, we are trying a slower, richer, browning technique. You want a nice rich caramelized effect for the best, richest flavor.If your browning starts burning, stop. Take the pan off the heat, off the burner. If what you are cooking is burnt, even if just slightly burnt, you may need to stop and start over. That includes wiping out the pan with a paper towel and if using oil, get fresh oil. Don’t just pick out the burnt pieces. The burnt taste will still remain in the oil. After all, what you have started to burn is probably just some onions, or a little garlic. Not too expensive to throw out and start over. Don’t try to save anything burnt here as the cooking process will only magnify the burnt taste.When you are cooking without salt, you really need to pay attention to flavor and not risk jeopardizing the flavor of the dish with a slightly burnt or scorched taste. It’s just not worth the risk of ruining the recipe. Start over.Try to brown meats really well, especially before starting a soup, stew or even before adding to a crock pot or pressure cooker. The browning adds a tremendous amount of richness and a nice depth of flavor to the broth or sauce, especially in low sodium recipes.This browning technique also helps the food look extremely rich and appetizing. When food looks good it will taste better. Many folks have trouble with their appetites on a low sodium diet. Complaining that the food doesn’t taste good. So many times it’s simply because the food doesn’t look good. It is pale and unappetizing. Taking the time to do this one cooking technique will make such a difference in both appearance and flavor.Remember to let your food brown and take your time when browning. This is one of the most basic and one of the most important of all cooking tips and will make a big difference towards more flavorful low sodium recipes.
Cooking is indeed enjoyable. It is also one thing that most people want to learn because we always deal with food every day. We please our family with our good cooking skills; we impress our partners with great dinners; we want to cook for ourselves to make sure we eat healthy; indeed, cooking is one thing we want to learn and we want to do it good.
We all have our own practices in the kitchen that make our cooking easy and smooth sailing. The more we cook the more cooking tips and techniques we discover. If you are looking for some cooking tips and techniques to add to your list, below are some that you might find helpful.
* If you want to cook ahead of time and store food in freezers, make sure to know what food is not good for the freezer. Do not freeze boiled eggs, as it will cause the egg whites to become watery. Freezing will also cause the mayonnaise to separate and milk to curdle.
* Freezing is also not friendly to cooked potatoes, as it will darken them and create an unattractive texture. To keep the color of sliced potatoes, place them cold water until they are ready for cooking. This will also improve its crispiness if you intend to fry them. You can also whiten them by putting a few drops of lemon during boiling.
* To enhance the flavor of stewed chicken, let it stand in its broth until it cools down before cutting it into chunks.
* If you are barbequing, brush the grate with cooking oil or spray with vegetable cooking spray to prevent the barbeque from sticking. When fire flares up during barbequing, sprinkle a little water over the flames. Be sure also to remove the barbeque before the fire will burn one side of the meat. To lessen overbrowning of your barbeque, you can apply the sauce only 20 minutes before it is done.
* You can drop lettuce leaves in your soups, gravies and other dishes to get rid of the extra oil. You will notice the oil will easily cling into the leaves so you can easily get rid of them.
* When baking cookies, it is best to make similar shapes and sizes so you can arrange them in even rows and that they will heat evenly. Large spaces in between the cookies can cause them to burn. Do not also leave cookies in the hot baking sheet after they are cooked as this will continue to cook or may burn them.
There are a lot of cooking tips and techniques that we can actually learn when we spend time in the kitchen. These tips and techniques do not only make our cooking easy, it is also very useful to preserve the nutrients, the color and texture as well as the flavor of our food. Knowing some cooking tips and techniques also helps us a lot in mastering the art of cooking.