7 Restaurant Hacks To Bring Into Your Own Kitchen

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Going out for meals has always been one of my favorite pastimes. However, it always frustrates me that I know I can’t make food that tastes the same as some of my favorite restaurants. Fortunately, there are some insider restaurant tips that you can easily practice in your own kitchen – and they’re extremely helpful!

1. Taste As You Go

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This is one of the most important rules in cooking – always taste as you go. Each time you add a new spice or ingredient into the dish you’re making, taste test it to ensure you’re not adding too much of one flavor (or not enough).

2. Reserve Your Pasta Water

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Never toss out the starch-filled water your pasta has been cooking in! Reserve some of the water to add to your sauce. Not only does this starch-infused water thicken the sauce, but it also helps the sauce stick better to the pasta.

3. Cook With Cast Iron

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Yes, non-stick pans are convenient. But cast iron pans will make your food taste better. Cooking in cast iron better distributes heat, gives your food a perfectly cooked exterior, and adds delicious seasoning to your food.

4. Pre-heat Dishware

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Nothing ruins a delicious meal like cold food. A restaurant tip for ensuring your food remains hot? Put your oven-safe dishware in the oven for a few minutes prior to plating and serving.

5. Flour-coat Bacon

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This may sound odd, but lightly coating your bacon in flour will give it the crispiest, crunchiest, most delicious taste. Trust me!

6. Invest In Quality Knives

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Purchasing good-quality knives is a worthwhile investment and will make all the difference in your cooking. Start building your collection with a classic chef’s knife, large serrated knife, and smaller paring knife.

7. Stick To Tongs

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You’ll rarely see a professional chef using a large, clumsy spoon or spatula. A set of tongs is the quickest, easiest, and most efficient tool when it comes to cooking.

There you have it: seven restaurant tips for mastering the art of cooking, and making chef-inspired, delicious food. Enjoy!