We all are well aware of the fact that our senses play a significant role in the kitchen. When we speak about our senses in cooking, the first things that come to our mind are the aroma, taste and the texture 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. However, 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 to listen to it intently to know about your cooking.
A kitchen is usually noisy with the obvious sounds of mixers, grinders, and utensils. However, amidst that chaos, there lies that subtle whisperings of the food being cooked. Those sounds can help you become a seasoned hand in the kitchen if listened to it properly.
The sizzle of meat hitting the grill, the searing sound of onions getting caramelized in the skillet, the sputtering sound of mustard in oil, the turbulent sound of water boiling and so much more adds up to those subtle sounds that many of us don’t pay much attention to while cooking at home. However, taking note of these sounds and understanding 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 go in whipping, creaming and for many more processes.
Sounds in the kitchen are quite informative and 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 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.