15 Jul Several ways to cook food: Which are the healthiest?
It is a simple method to cook food that consists of keeping them locked in an environment impregnated with steam. For this you can use a perforated basket that rests on a pot of boiling water with lid.
Benefits. Do not add fat during preparation. Preserves nutrients better than any other cooking method. It is a quick and very healthy cooking.
Recommended foods It is perfect for fish and seafood, as it allows your meat to not dry out. It is also ideal for cooking all kinds of vegetables.
Tricks In order for the vegetables to cook at the same time, you should cut them into small pieces, those that are harder and larger, the tender ones. A good idea is that you keep the liquid resulting from the cooking since it contains a lot of vitamins and minerals and you can use it to prepare a soup, rice, etc.
It is perhaps one of the most popular cooking and consists of submerging meats, vegetables, cereals or legumes in hot water or broth, for a certain time.
Benefits. Since it is not necessary to use any type of fat, it is a light preparation that will always suit you. In addition, it will allow you to obtain syrups, caramels or very thick sauces.
Recommended foods It is applicable to almost all foods, including fruit.
Tricks Ideally, you cook the food just right and necessary, not more, so that they do not lose nutritional value.
Meat: between 1 hour and 1 hour 45 minutes
Vegetables: between 10 and 25 minutes
Fruits: 25 minutes
Cereals: 10 to 15 minutes
Legumes: 20 minutes
It consists of placing boiling water in a container, adding salt and introducing food. To keep them well cooked you should leave them for 15 to 20 seconds in the boiling water and then remove them quickly. It is a prior technique to a second treatment, such as freezing and dry preservation.
Benefits. As it produces a softening of the food, it will facilitate its later peeling in the case of tomatoes, for example, and it will be easier to clean them and pack them later if you wish. Accelerates the cooking times of the leaves of vegetables.
Recommended foods It is an ideal way to preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Cooking at very high temperature for a very short time is the essence of frying. It consists of immersing a food in abundant oil, at a temperature that can reach up to 180 ºC.
Benefits. The speed that is used to cook food allows them to retain their nutritional properties.
Recommended foods Broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, mushrooms, pork and beef, chicken, fish, shrimp, scallops and tofu.
Tricks As the food is cooked very quickly you should cut it into small, uniform pieces to make sure they are well cooked. To prevent the food from getting impregnated with oil, wait until the oil is hot before starting to fry it. It preferably uses olive oil for frying, since it can withstand high temperatures better. Prevent food from burning or smoking and when you remove it from oil, wring it out well on absorbent paper.