17 Genius Cooking Tricks That Professional Chefs Don’t Want You To Know

If we’re being honest with ourselves, most of us could stand to improve our cooking skills. It’s something we all do every day, but few of us ever really master it.

Luckily, there are a few easy tricks that professional chefs say will hugely improve your cooking game. From prepping to serving, these inside tips are sure to make your meals even better than before!

1. Only use your non-stick pan for eggs, pancakes, and maybe French toast. Chefs note that the non-stick surface changes the way the heat is distributed, and unless you’re making food that really tends to stick, your meals will come out better using a regular old frying pan.

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2. If you want smoky flavor without a grill, use a Dutch oven, wood chips, and two heat-proof metal bowls. 

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Line the bottom of the Dutch oven with foil, place one bowl upside down in the center, surround it with wood chips, and turn the stove to medium. When smoke begins to appear, place the second bowl containing whatever you intend to smoke on top of the first, and put the lid on. Let it sit for five minutes, and voila, a stovetop smoker. Read more about it here.

3. To make your omelette fatter, once you’ve flipped it, tilt the skillet handle slightly upward and gently hit the handle, making the omelette flip up on itself. You can watch legendary French chef Jacques Pepin demonstrate the technique here.

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4. Before you whisk eggs you should pierce the yolks with a fork so that everything blends together more easily.

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5. Crack eggs on an even, flat surface instead of the side of a bowl to make breaking open the shell more manageable.

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6. Knead biscuit dough by hand rather than using an electric mixer or a food processor. This makes the moisture slightly unevenly distributed, which actually makes the biscuits flakier. 

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