All chefs keep an arsenal of secret ingredients they use to enhance their recipes, but if you’re not a professional chef, you may find your home cooking falling short. Cooking at home can be healthy, wallet-friendly and delicious if you’ve got the right techniques and a few secret ingredients to give your dishes a little extra oomph!
We’ve curated a list of a few secret ingredients that can take your cooking to the next level.
Fruits high in acidity like lemon, lime or orange can be used to add their own tangy taste, or to bring out the more subdued flavors in the dish! Use the citrus juicer attachment for your Bosch Mixer to extract the juice or zest the peel to help balance contrasting flavors.
Shallots are part of the onion family and can be added to meat dishes, thrown on salads, or cooked greens. They caramelize similar to yellow onions, but have a fine and milder taste.
Not only do these baby onions add and enhance flavor, but they can also offer health benefits! According to Medical Daily, “shallots provide fiber and antioxidants that have been shown to lower the risk of stomach and colorectal cancers.”
Vinegar is one of those secret weapons you should always keep in the pantry. Its acidic flavor can be used to brighten and liven up a dish. There are a few types of vinegars, and each has its own unique qualities that will make it work for different recipes. Add a splash of red or white wine vinegars for a full-bodied option. Apple cider vinegar is milder, while rice vinegar is sweet and delicate, and balsamic vinegar has its own distinct taste that is both bold, yet understated.
Tahini is a sesame seed paste, which you can actually make from scratch with hulled seeds and some olive oil in the food processor attachment for your Bosch Mixer. It’s great to rub on meats or vegetables like cauliflower before cooking to add a light, nutty flavor to your dish!
While salt is a kitchen staple, don’t confine yourself to just the table variety. Sprinkle chunky sea salt on your steaks, chicken or other cuts of meat, add it to salads, or even over desserts! Sea salt caramel brownies… here we come!
Try working these ingredients into your next meal and remember to use fresh ingredients! To achieve the best results, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests starting off with ingredients at their peak freshness. It’s also important to handle, cook and store foods properly, because overcooking, as well poor storage, destroys flavor, quality and nutrients. See you in the kitchen!