Hello! I'm Alissa, a classically trained chef who is passionate about teaching people how to cook through methods, techniques and basic science principles. I currently live in San Diego, California with my husband, Steve, and sweet dog, Nina. I love learning about food, eating good food, and cooking good food for my loved ones.

Intro to Cooking Methods

From the beginning I always wanted this blog to be focused on methods and techniques rather than recipes. Learning methods and techniques in culinary school opened up a million possibilities. Instead of memorizing a specific equation I understood the formula. Understanding the method also allowed me to understand what went wrong and how I could fix it next time. It really was a freeing feeling. 

So the next series I want to teach you is cooking methods. Learning cooking methods is a fundamental skill to learn to become a better cook.

Cooking methods are broken down into 3 categories: dry heat cooking methods, wet heat cooking methods, and combination cooking methods. 

As their name suggests these methods differ in the way the heat is delivered to the food. Dry heat cooking methods use direct heat contact, hot air, or hot oil to cook the food usually resulting in golden, brown and delicious foods.

Wet heat cooking methods use some sort of liquid like water or stock which are typically more gentle on food and produce soft and tender food.

And combination cooking methods use a combination of dry and wet, like a roast where you brown the meat first and then cook it in a liquid.

These are the cooking methods that I will be focusing on in each category:

Dry Heat Cooking Methods:

  • Roast
  • Saute
  • Pan-fry
  • Deep-fry
  • Grilling
  • Broiling
  • Barbecue
  • Griddling

Moist heat cooking methods: 

  • Boil 
  • Simmer 
  • Poach 
  • Blanch 
  • Steam 
  • Sous Vide 

Combination cooking methods: 

  • Braise
  • Stew 

So why learn cooking methods? 

  1. You are free from recipes. This helps free you in the kitchen and opens up the ability for experimentation. This also helps you save time!
  2. You can experiment more with flavors and seasonings. Once you know the basics of a cooking method the flavors and seasonings are interchangeable. You can create a ton of variations of one basic cooking method all without having to follow a recipe!
  3. Cooking can be more fun! Learning cooking methods will help your cooking become more second nature allowing you to relax in the kitchen and have fun cooking!

Want to learn more?

For a little more of a deep dive into the science of cooking, this is a very helpful video!

Essentially, cooking is a transfer of heat from a heat source to the food.


I would love any feedback or questions you may have on cooking methods! I am excited to roll out some more content and get into the real juicy stuff with you. Happy cooking!

Comments

  1. Diana says:

    That is a great video. Thanks for sharing! Man I want an oven like that!

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