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The Top 12 Vegan Cooking Methods Everyone Needs to Know

Recipes are wonderful! But, when you learn these helpful cooking techniques, you can extract the most flavor out of any ingredient. 

On Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 AM EST join, restauranteur and co-founder of Baltimore’s Land of Kush, Ms. Naijha Wright-Brown and Chef _____________ as they demonstrate the top 12 cooking methods you should know. 
The key to extracting the most flavor of any ingredient is to use the perfect cooking method.  This event will help you understand what methods to apply to all of the incredible vegan foods we now have. 

1. Steam – The rising steam from a hot liquid does the cooking. You may choose steaming from your repertoire of cooking methods to showcase the natural, nutrient-rich flavors of your ingredients, and allow the food to keep its texture, shape, and color.

2. Blanch – Another quick cooking method that produces tender yet crisp vegetables, with their color and much of their nutrients still intact.

3. Sear – This is one of the most popular cooking methods. Searing involves using high heat to create an attractive, caramelized brown crust that builds flavor and results in an appealing taste and texture contrasts between the crisp exterior and delicate tender interior.

4. Braise – Braising is done after searing, and the food is cooked slowly over low heat, until tender while partially covered with a liquid such as stock or wine.

5. Poach – Poaching is an ideal cooking method for delicate foods like fruit and requires submerging and cooking food in a liquid at a temperature below simmering. 

6. Roast – Roasting uses the dry heat of hot air for cooking. It can bring out the full flavor potential of vegetables and achieve an even, tender, and golden-brown finish on large ingredients such as tubers, large vegetables, or vegan roasts.

7. Grill – Grilling is a fast, dry, and high-temperature method for cooking on a metal grate over an open flame. Charred grill marks can add flavor but quickly dry food out if done improperly. Use grilling for small, tender food items that are high quality and consistent in shape.

8. Broiling – Broiling works by transferring extremely high heat onto food, usually directed from a radiant located above the food which cooks on one side at a time. Browning can occur very quickly with this method, sealing juices and flavor inside and leaving a crisp exterior. 

9. Baking – Baking uses indirect heat to surround foods and cook from all sides. This method is typically used when making breads, rolls, and cakes. This technique is similar to roasting however usually performed at lower temperatures than roasting.

10. SauteingSaute is a French word that translates to “jump”.  This method is performed over an oven burner in a hot, shallow pan and uses a small amount of oil or fat to coat food for even browning. This method cooks foods very quickly so it’s best to keep the food moving by tossing or flipping. 

11. Boiling – This cooking technique involves submerging food in water that has been heated to the boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The boiling water produces large bubbles, which keep foods in motion while they cook. 

12. Stewing – The key difference between stewing and braising is that foods are completely submerged in hot liquid while stewing instead of being partially submerged.  As your stew cooks, fibrous vegetables break down. The result is a thick, flavorful gravy filled with tender ingredients.

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