Story Posted: 2009-09-09
Saute & Stir Fry: Info & Tips
Source: CanolaInfo, Category:
Health & Nutrition, Recipes & Cooking
Canola oil's light texture is the perfect choice for
sauteing or stir frying. Associated with the wondrous flavors
of the Far East, stir-frying is simple, but requires a basic understanding
of timing, sequence and the amount of heat required. Stir-frying means
to quickly sear small pieces of food in a large pan or wok over high
heat. Searing meat, vegetables and sauces at high heat seals in flavors
and nutrients, caramelizes sugars and evaporates excess juices.
Question: "I heard that adding salt to
the oil in stir frying would help prevent the oil from splattering.
True or False?
Answer: False. Salt will draw moisture to the
surface of a food, thus increasing the possibility of splattering. Salt
will also lower the smoke point of the oil.
Canola Sauteing & Stir Frying Tips!
- Do not cook more dishes than you can handle.
- Blanching vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower
and asparagus before stir frying ensures quick and even cooking. Grated
carrot cooks much quicker than sliced carrot.
- Read the recipe and assemble ingredients in the
order in which they are to be added to the wok.
- Ingredients such as eggplant, mushrooms and fish
tend to absorb more oil and may require slightly more oil for cooking.
Preparation is Everything!
One of the most important steps in stir-frying or
sauteing is to prepare all of the ingredients before starting
to cook. In fact, the preparation often takes more time than the cooking.
Trim meat of visible fat, cut into strips. Partially freezing the meat
for one hour allows for easier slicing. Marinate meat or other ingredients.
Be sure to fully drain the marinade before cooking as the excess juice
will stew rather than sear the meat. Cut vegetables and meat uniformly
to ensure fast, even cooking. Combine sauce ingredients and begin cooking
side dishes, such as rice or noodles.
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