If you have ever wondered what tips and tricks professional chefs use to create their delicious looking dishes, then you’re in luck! We’ve gathered the best 27 kitchen cheat sheets to make you cook like a pro in 2015!
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#1 Make Your Own Vinaigrette
You don’t want to settle for what the major grocery chains offer, but buying an all natural specialty vinaigrette is too expensive and easily exceeds the expense of the salad itself? Don’t worry. You can make your own all natural and healthy vinaigrette, in any flavor you like!
#2 Substitute Ingredients
How many times did you want to cook or bake something, or even worse, already started, and suddenly realized that you are missing one or multiple key ingredients? It happens to the best of us, even to professional chefs! You’ll be surprised to learn that you can substitute most of your missing ingredients with something else very quick and easy, and without a loss in taste or quality!
seeing your steak sizzling on the grill is a mouthwatering sight by itself. But how many times have you looked at your steak and wondered what it looks like on the inside? Is it rare? Is it medium done? Or does it already resemble a piece of old leather? With this “handy” trick you can test the done-ness of your steak within seconds and make the perfect steak every time!
#4 Add Flavor To Your Meals
Bland meals are a problem of the past! This handy spice-cheat-sheet will show you how to add flavor to any meal and never make a bland flavored dish again!
#5 Make All Natural Homemade Soups
Soups make for great appetizers, or even just a quick meal on a lazy Sunday afternoon. If you don’t know where to start, or wonder how to make a healthy natural soup, this cheat-sheet will turn you into a 5-star soup badass!
#6 Convert Measurements Easy
Thanks to the Internet, we can find countless recipes online. But how many times do we find a delicious looking authentic recipe from overseas, without any idea on how to convert cups to grams and vice versa? Although you can google the conversion, this measurement cheat sheet comes in handy when you are cooking and don’t want to touch your computer with greasy fingers!
#7 Make Perfect Eggs, Every Time
Cooking/frying/boiling eggs seems like one of the most basic cooking skills. We manage to make an acceptable egg most of the times, and sometimes even surprise ourselves with the perfect desired consistency. While surprises are nice, it’s so much nicer to be able to make the perfect egg every time, and knowing that the result is exactly what you want it to be! This egg sheet shows you exactly how long your have to boil your eggs to reach a specific consistency.
#8 Convert Measurements
How many dashes are in a teaspoon? How many tablespoons are in 1/2 of a cup? Don’t know? Don’t worry, even most chefs have to look at a conversion sheet, just to make sure! This sheet covers most of the kitchen conversions that you might run into while cooking/baking your favorite dish!
#9 Cook Cast Iron
You want to cook like a pro with a cast iron skillet, but it seems like too much maintenance and up-keep? It’s really not!
#10 Use the Right Mixer
Not all mixers are the same! See this handy sheet to know when to use your kitchen mixer, or when it’s better to switch to a blender!
#11 Marinate Your Meats Like A Pro
Marinating your meats is a great way to add some unique flavor. Creating your own marinate is an art by itself. And while it’s worth the extra work, it’s important to know how long you should marinate your food!
#12 Choose The Right Oil
Different oils have different smoke points. To cook a healthy meal, chosing the right oil with the right smoke point is essential.
#13 Take The Spice Out Of Hot Dishes
Its easy to over-spice your dish. And while some people like their food flame-thrower spicy hot, others might not! Don’t worry! Simply add one (ore more) of these ingredients to take some of the hotness out of your dish!
#14 Know Your Meats
Sirloin, Flank, or Neck? Where does your meat come from, and what should you use it for?
#15 Chop Like A Pro
Do you get jealous when you see professional chefs chopping foods in lightning speed? Although experience is a big factor for speed, chosing the right blade makes a huge difference on how to chop foods. This guide will help you to chop like a pro in no time!
#16 Know Your Onions
You might think that the hardest part about cooking with onions is fighting back those tears. However, there is much more that you can do wrong. Chosing the right kind of onion, depending on your dish, is very essential and can make a world of a difference!
#17 Substitute Eggs
Most people don’t know this, but in most recipes you can actually substitute your eggs for something else. No matter if you’re just out of eggs, or if you want to add a unique and different flavor, this chart will show you how to substitute eggs in your meal.
#18 Know How Much To Prepare
You’re throwing a party and preparing your foods. While you probably have specific ideas on what you want to treat your guests with, the required amount might bring up some big question marks. You don’t want to prepare too much food and end up throwing it away, on the other hand, you definitely don’t want to run short and have your guests leave disappointed.
#19 Know Your Grains
Know the perfect amount of water to cook your grains to perfection!
#20 Keep A Sourdough Culture
Keeping a sourdough culture in the kitchen is an amazing way to be able to prepare delicious breads, pancakes, cakes, or even muffins. It’s easy and fun and shouldn’t be missing in any kitchen!
#21 Cook Perfect Veggies
Cooking veggies can be a daunting task. But with this cheat sheet you will boil, steam, or microwave your vegetables to perfection, Everytime!
#22 Fillet Your Fish
Filleting a fish is more than just cutting a nice side piece off. It is easy to learn and once you’re confident, a very fun thing to do!
#23 Pasta, Pasta, and more Pasta
The headline says it all. This spreadsheet tells you everything about pasta that you could possibly ask for!
#24 Grill like A Pro
Summer is around the corner, and with temperatures on the rise, the anticipation of sunny Barbeque parties makes our mouths water. Be prepared to impress your guests with perfectly grilled meats and veggies. All you need is a watch, a meat thermometer, and this handy meat cheat sheet!