12 Tips to Think Like a Chef

By EatingWell Editors

Follow these short-order steps to make healthy meals easy.

"I am a private chef. many good tips here that are pretty much the standard for anyone with real experience. As far as sanitation and food protection, I wash everything before I use it. Veggies, fruits and such get sanitized immediately....

You don't have to be a short-order cook to create meals in a hurry, but we can all learn some culinary wisdom from those who can prepare hundreds of meals in a single day. Follow these short-order steps to make healthy meals easy.

Tip 1: Relax, put on some music and pour yourself a cup of tea. A composed cook is a more efficient one.

Tip 2: Read the recipe through ahead of time so you know everything that’s going to happen. Take a minute to imagine doing the steps.

Tip 3: Lay out your prepared ingredients in bowls. Having everything at your fingertips means the dish will come together faster. Cutting an onion before you start to cook is actually a time-saver; cutting it after the cooking has already begun wastes time—you have to take the skillet off the heat, then heat it back up when you’re done chopping. That being said, remember that quick cooking is about getting maximal results in minimal time. So, for instance, if a recipe calls for cooking an ingredient first, make use of that cooking time to get other prep work done.

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