Apex, NC (PressExposure) June 23, 2009 -- When a recipe doesn't turn out right, most cooks say, "well, that didn't cook right." What they don't realize is that the actual cooking is usually the least important factor in culinary success. Professional chefs know this, but they rarely share this simple truth with the public, which leaves very frustrated cooks out there, who are looking for answers. So, what are the most important factors in cooking success?
It turns out that proper preparation is the foundation to all good cooking. This is why professional kitchens are inspected for safety and cleanliness standards and why most professional chefs spend their first year or two in the kitchen doing nothing but cutting a variety of ingredients and honing their knife skills. "When you want to learn to play the guitar, you don't start by buying sheet music," says Chef Todd Mohr, host of the internet cooking series "Cooking Coarse", which focuses on teaching viewers to cook by learning basic cooking methods, instead of relying on recipes for cooking instruction.
Mohr's new 97 minute cooking DVD provides dozens of tips and techniques for preparing your kitchen and food for cooking that can be implemented immediately for better results tonight. The instruction and lessons presented in this DVD include...
Every day there's a new kitchen gadget on the market, promising to save you time, but you don't ever see the professionals using the chopper dicer, do you? This is because learning basic knife skills and knife "shortcuts" make it easier AND faster to prepare most dishes. Mastering how to cut the most common household fruits, vegetables and meats is essential to being a successful home cook because items that are cut consistently, cook consistently. Fortunately, anyone can learn basic knife skills quickly, and, with a little practice, can be chopping like a pro in no time!
Would you like to have more money in your pocket? Proper cooking preparation not only saves you time, but it will save you that other most-desired commodity: money! Learning how to properly stock your kitchen means only purchasing the essential pots and cooking pans and only the essential tools. Most home cooks make the error of commission (over-buying and wasting money) or omission (under-buying and their cooking suffers). Neither outcome is ideal.
A clean kitchen is a safe kitchen. Although your home kitchen is not inspected for kitchen safety as is a professional kitchen, it is still important to make sure it is a safe and sanitary work space for cooking. Even bacteria that cannot hurt you, can damage the results you are trying to achieve in your cooking. Learning to identify fresh from spoiled food and understanding the difference between "clean" and "sanitary" is important for ensuring the best possible cooking outcome and all around good kitchen safety.
To receive a copy of Chef Todd Mohr's revolutionary cooking DVD, "Burn Your Recipes, Volume 1: The Skills You Need for Food that Looks Better and Cooks Better" for $39.95, visit his website at [http://www.I-Hate-Cooking-Recipes.com/cooking-dvd.html].