Choosing the Right Cookware for a Dish

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Dr. Jonathan Vrban lives in Hawaii and enjoys many hobbies in his leisure time. For instance, Dr. Jonathan Vrban likes to experiment with new recipes when baking and cooking.

Ending up with a tasty final product when preparing food depends on a number of factors. For instance, you should start with quality ingredients and follow proper technique. However, one key consideration many people might overlook is using the right cookware for the type of food being prepared.

For instance, for recipes that require long cooking time on the stove, you might consider using cast iron cookware. While this type of cookware can take a while to heat up, it distributes heat evenly once it does. Similarly, since it can handle high temperatures, cast iron cookware makes a good choice when searing meat or using similar cooking techniques. You might also decide to use stainless steel cookware in this situation. In addition to heating well, stainless steel pans are also versatile, in that they can handle shifts between different cooking techniques, such as broiling, stovetop cooking, and baking.

Other times, you might want to prepare more delicate dishes, such as fish, which can easily break apart if you aren’t careful. In these situations, nonstick cookware can fit the bill. Additionally, since it reduces the amount of butter or oil needed to stop sticking, it’s handy when you’re trying to reduce the amount of calories or fat in your meals. An experienced cook can provide additional guidance on the types of cookware available and when they might be used.

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Tips for Experimenting When Cooking

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At his home in Hawaii, Dr. Jonathan Vrban enjoys a number of creative pursuits. For instance, Dr. Jonathan Vrban likes to cook and come up with new recipes.

While cooking, many people rely on following recipes exactly as written, which can be enjoyable and produce delicious results. However home cooks can combine their creativity and cooking skills to improvise in the kitchen to build new recipes.

When first getting started with improvising or giving your own twist to recipes, it’s a good idea to take baby steps. You might try using a different seasoning for one component of a tried-and-true recipe, for instance, or replacing one ingredient for another one with a similar texture and consistency. Having plenty of basic cooking ingredients and seasonings on hand can make the selection process easier and afford you plenty of options.

Additionally, try a new approach when you have plenty of time to experiment with no pressure, such as on weekend day. Doing a cooking experiment when are very hungry or tired after work or when you have guests coming over that you want to impress isn’t the best idea. With practice comes increased confidence and know-how.

Tips for Making a Cooking Video

Jonathan “Jon” Vrban lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he spends his days gardening and cooking. With a desire to publish his own cookbook, Jonathan Vrban looks for new opportunities to share his skills as a cook with others, and he is interested in making and launching cooking videos on YouTube.

When developing a cooking video, preparation of the cooking area, as well as presentation, are key for making an engaging show that encourages people to cook a dish. The following are tips to keep in mind when filming.

1. Take time to source fresh ingredients to showcase vibrant colors and add interest to a dish throughout the recording. Fresh tomatoes, for example, are more visually appealing than a can of tomatoes. Potted herbs are also nice to have on hand since they will not wilt.

2. When cooking with meat, discard the original packaging and place the ingredient on a clean plate or piece of parchment paper. This translates well on camera.

3. Select the proper dish size to hold ingredients and the final product. Plates and bowls that add height are great.

4. Make sure to take close-up shots of the ingredients being prepared and always favor the camera when chopping, dicing, and executing any cooking technique.

5. Because the audience cannot smell or taste the food, the cook should be very descriptive about the preparation and final dish. Offering measurements that are easily understood by viewers, like “a pinch of salt,” and vocalizing the doneness of products gives the viewer a better understanding of the overall recipe.

6. Remember to take a still shot of the dish at the end to be used as a thumbnail when uploading a video. Attempting to take a photo from a video may result in a low quality picture that will not pique people’s interest.

Appreciating the Difference between Cooking and Baking

Jonathan Vrban holds a doctor of nursing practice and is trained in family medicine. He currently lives in Hawaii and in Italy. Outside of his professional activities, Jonathan Vrban enjoys writing his own recipes as an amateur cook and baker.

While some individuals may use the terms “cooking” and “baking” interchangeably, there are a number of differences between the two processes, particularly when it comes to the types of food that are being prepared. Baking refers to the process of working with a flour-based food that requires heat from an oven to set its structure. Common foods that fall under the baked-goods umbrella include cookies, cake, muffins, various breads and loaves, and a number of additional desserts and breakfast foods.

Cooking, meanwhile, is a broader term that encompasses a number of different techniques, including baking. Other styles of cooking include roasting and dry heat cooking. When a chef chooses to roast a meal, he or she cooks meat or vegetables by exposing the food to a radiant heat source. While roasting can take place in an oven, an open flame, like that provided by an outdoor grill or barbecue setup, may be preferred.