We are all well aware of the fact that our senses play a significant role in our kitchens. When we speak about our senses in cooking, the first things that come to our mind are the aroma, taste and feel of the food. Throughout the cooking process we smell the food, taste it and touch it to check the doneness.
The above said are the classic practices that are carried out in any kitchen for a perfect cooking experience. But, have you ever tried listening to your food while cooking? Sounds crazy? Well, it’s real, the food you cook does talk to you, and all you have to do is listen to it intently to know about your cooking.
A kitchen is usually noisy with some obvious sounds of mixer grinders and utensils. However, beyond those usual noises there are many subtle sounds of food being cooked that can help you become a seasoned hand in the kitchen.
The sizzle of meat hitting the grill, the searing sound of onions getting browned in a skillet, the sputtering sound of mustard in oil, the turbulent sound of water boiling, etc. are some of those subtle sounds that many of us don’t pay much attention to while cooking at home. However, taking note of these sounds in detail and understand the status of the food being cooked can only be done by a professional.
If you ask a Chef, he would agree that these restrained sounds can teach you a lot more about cooking than you can even expect. There is a world of difference in the sounds of each step in cooking; sweating and sautéing has no sound to sizzling sound, when deep frying you will hear bubbling and sputtering sounds, boiling and simmering has serious bubbling sound to silent bubbling, same kind of sound variations goes in whipping, creaming and for many more processes.
Sounds in the kitchen are loaded with information which is helpful for a budding chef. Checking every now and then is a good practice, but it is even better to listen to what you hear when you are in the kitchen. The practice can make you check on the food before it gets close to being over-cooked leading to the last minute mad rush.
Mastering the art of listening in the kitchen while cooking, requires proper training and expertise. What separates the great chefs from the mediocre ones, is the extra effort spent in learning the techniques well. At ICCA, we ensure that you are on the right track to attune yourself to the kitchen symphony