The main Methods of cooking food are
Cooking in a Paper or special heat proof plastic bags
Pot roasting food
Above are the mains ways of cooking food, and I will give a brief few words about each method in this blog. The methods of cooking foods are as varied as the foods their selves. Throughout my blog are many recipes, covering the many ways of cooking food, so you will find many of these methods of cooking, in action in my recipes.
Is the use of high – frequency power, it’s quite a techy way to cook food; the food will cook from the inside out, instead of the other way round. This is because when you place the food you wish to cook in a microwave, it’s bombarded by High frequency waves, which if you like, shake up the foods molecules which causes a friction type event. Now as we all know, friction gives rise to heat, so that is basically how a microwave cooks your food. Some Microwaves have a fan inside, that helps to distribute the heat evenly, and these are called convector microwaves.
Well frying, one of the most used forms of cooking in the World in my opinion; I think we all have had a frying pan in our hands at some time in our life. You can cook food in fat, oil etc., either deep frying, or shallow frying.
Braising is a two part method of cooking in my opinion, we first roast the food, and then its stewed in a pot or casserole dish, a good way of producing tender meat.
When poaching food we try to use the minimum of liquid that the food is to cook in, and we cook the food slowly, and as a golden rule we should never allow the liquid to boil.
Baking will be predominately done in an oven because we need a direct dry heat source, (most of the time in baking) in my opinion convector ovens are of the best to use.
Most of the time grilling will be done under an overhead heat source; it can be between heat radiating bars, on heat radiating bars or overhead heat radiating bars.
In this method, we take a casserole dish or other covered pan, and we first should raise our meat on top of a bed of vegetables, I use potato sliced in to even heights, and rest my meat on them, also I use carrots or parsnips, you can use what you want.
This is utilising the moist hot heat generated by steam, I have an electric steamer I use, and it has 5 compartments, so is very useful. I just fill up the reservoir with water, and once the water boils, the steam travels upwards steaming the food in the compartments. You can steam many types of foods using many methods, and one food in my opinion that’s cooked wonderfully, in this method, is of course fish and vegetables.
This is the simple method of cooking a food in a liquid that is brought to the boil in a saucepan or any other type of vessel, we should boil for a short while and then set the heat source to a simmer, otherwise in the case of meat, it will just come out tough.
Ovens are widely used for roasting foods, I use a convector oven that as a built in fan, and also an electric spit that can be used to place a chicken on and spit roast.
When we stew something we allow the food to cook really slowly on a low simmer in very little liquid.
Cooking in a bag
Quite a clever one this, we simply put our food into one of these specially made bags, along with our seasonings, seal the bag, and the food will cook in the bag in its own juices.