Today I Learned...
- Get the most out of every bite with simple changes to your meals
- The slightest alteration in texture, spices or ingredients can make the biggest impact
ood is an integral part of our lives. It's a social experience, it fuels our bodies, and it can be one of life's great pleasures.
But even if you're someone who puts a lot of thought into the food you eat (and I know there are many of us out there), chances are that your meals could be even better than they currently are. Fortunately for all of us amateur chefs out there, there are some simple tricks we can use to make our food taste better.
If you're looking to make your food taste better, there are a few simple tips and tricks you can use to get the most out of every bite.
Salt is your best friend.
Salt is a flavor enhancer, preservative, and texture enhancer. When you use salt in your cooking you are enhancing the taste buds and making them more receptive to flavors that might otherwise be faint or undetectable by them. To add salt to dishes, sprinkle on some finishing salt just before serving.
Sweet and spicy is the way to go.
It's a classic combination for good reason: it works. This flavor combination adds flavor without overpowering your dish with salt or heat.
A little bit of sweet and spicy can go a long way in adding some life back into your food. Consider this technique if you've been disappointed with your dinner lately—it might just be the thing that brings back those tasty memories we all miss so much!
Love your acid.
A little acid can go a long way in making your food taste better. Acids are essential for balancing out the flavors in any dish. It’s also a great way to add freshness or brightness to a dish that may need it.
There are many different kinds of acids that you might want to incorporate into your cooking: lemon juice, vinegar (balsamic or white), sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar and citrus juices like lime and orange are all good options.
Texture makes all the difference!
When it comes to texture, variety is key. The more textures you can work within a single dish, the more interesting it will be.
Keep ingredients simple.
A common mistake people make when trying to cook healthy is using too many ingredients.
This can be confusing for your taste buds and can cause them to become overwhelmed. Instead of adding multiple ingredients and spices, stick to fresh herbs and whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Cooking with fresh ingredients is a great way to add flavor without adding extra calories or sodium!
Balance your flavors with fat.
This is one of the most important tips to make your food taste better. Fat can actually enhance the flavor and texture of food. It also helps with moisture, mouth feel, cooking, absorption and more!
Choose fresh over processed foods.
Another way you can make your food taste better is by choosing fresh over processed foods. Fresh food contains more nutrients, and it's just plain healthier for you.
We hope you try some of these tips and tricks to enhance your food!