Things I’ve learned from watching cooking shows.

So, this is going to be a really random and semi out of place post…but…that’s what this is all about, right?!

Last weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday morning, I wound up watching some random local cooking channel. I don’t know why, I don’t know what channel, sorry. But, I learned a lot!

1) When cooking meat on the stove top (I’m assuming this could really be applied to all types of cooking) don’t crowd the pan. Placing too much meat in the pan, and placing the pieces too close to each other, will cause the meat to steam as the heat causes the moisture to release. Who knew!? Maybe you did, and it makes sense, but that would totally explain why sometimes (when I’m cooking a little carelessly) the meat doesn’t turn out as nicely as others.

2) When cooking scrambled eggs, cook them on a low heat and stir them continuously. Is this tedious, yes. Is it faster and easier to cook them on high heat and stir only occasionally, yes. But, cooking the eggs on a high heat causes the proteins to bond more strongly to each other and can make your eggs rubbery (they can even take longer to digest!), yuck. And, this is not something I learned while watching the tv show, you should remove the eggs from the heat about a minute before you think they’re done(they should still be a little shiny). The residual heat in the pan will continue to cook the eggs and they will not end up overcooked. Add salt, pepper, and any fresh herbs in the last minute or so of cooking so that they maintain their taste and color.

3) When you’re entertaining and plan on preparing a salad ahead of time, put the dressing in your serving bowl first and then add in all of your lettuce and toppings. You can then place this aside, or back in the fridge, and not worry about the lettuce/toppings getting soggy. When it’s time to serve simply give the salad a toss and you’re done. It may not seem like this would save much time – but I bet it actually does!

4) People prefer brownies with a mix of about 70% unsaturated fat and 30% saturated (not what you expected, right). The channel did a taste test of boxed brownies vs. homemade, and the split was about 50-50. Interesting.

So, there you have it. Clearly I wasted a lot of time watching this channel because if each topic was a thirty minute episode, and I watched four… oh well. What are the weekends for anyway?!

Happy Sunday!

PS. I just made scrambled eggs over low heat and stirred them continuously. Yum. They tasted pretty good. Maybe that’s because it’s 10:30 and I just ate breakfast though…

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