Moms are awesome. We all know that. Most people will tell you their mom is the best cook ever. They always know just what to make to cheer you up and how to make your favourite recipe, just the way you like it. Even the most seasoned chefs and celebrities still call on their moms for recipe and kitchen tips.
Whether it’s learning to make the perfect scrambled eggs or how to make a secret family recipe, moms are always there to help you make a meal delicious.
Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga learned to make the perfect scrambled eggs from his mom. “I learned how to scramble eggs from my mom. Her eggs were always soft, never overcooked or undercooked. She liked to add a little cheese, salt, pepper and butter. The texture was amazing and so was the flavour. To this day, I still can’t replicate her scrambled eggs.” We hear you, Kevin! Mom’s dishes are hardly ever easy to replicate!
Sharing secret ingredients is a family tradition. That ingredient is a guarded secret and is shared at just the right moment. Often times, the secret is as simple as adding a bit of ketchup to the gravy. For celebrity chef and Food & Wine contributor Joanne Chang, it’s adding a bit of ketchup to her Shrimp Stir Fry! Even though the recipes may be different from family to family, adding ketchup is a tried and true mom tip!
The things you learn from your mom are more than just kitchen tips – they are traditions, family secrets and memories. However, there are some very tangible tips moms give in the kitchen (and in life!) that you can always keep in your back pocket.
- Mom Tip: Add a little Sugar to your Tomato Sauce
Have you always wondered what the secret was to mom’s tomato sauce? Most likely it was adding a pinch of sugar. That’s right…sugar. Sugar helps to cut the acidity in the sauce and brings out all the wonderful tomato flavour.
- Mom Tip: Cook with Bacon Fat
Save your bacon fat, always. No questions asked. That way you can use the fat to saute your vegetables or roast potatoes to add a wonderful layer of flavour to any dish.
- Mom Tip: Salt your Boiling Water
One of the best cooking tips is to always remember to salt boiling water. Whether you are boiling pasta or broccoli, salting the water is a great way to season your food.
- Mom Tip: Use the Freezer for Quick Weeknight Meals
Not enough time to make pasta sauce? No worries, use ice cube trays to freeze leftover sauces for flavourful and quick weeknight meals.
- Mom Tip: Don’t Cook your Rice in Water
Cook rice in chicken broth or even coconut milk if you’re feeling adventurous. This will make it tasty and rich and -bonus- it will make a regular appearance in your dinner rotation without protests from your family!
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