The Healthy Cooking Methods
The following cooking methods are great in ensuring that the food stays flavorful without the need to add fats, such as the case with frying.
Baking is the process of cooking using an oven. In this method, heated air surrounds the food, cooking it slowly. It is a healthy way to cook because the gentle heat slowly evaporates the natural moisture in the food.
Although some recipes ask you to add fat such as butter or oil in the pan, baking generally does not require it. Aside from dessert, you can also bake poultry, meat, seafood, and even fruits and vegetables.
Before we delve deeper into the discussion of healthy vs unhealthy cooking methods, let us first tackle browning.
From the word itself, browning adds color to your food, typically, meat. However, it brings more than just color. Browning also enhances flavor and gives you a delicious crust and enticing aroma.
There are several ways to brown food, and all of them are considered as healthy alternatives to frying, too:
- Sautéeing, also called gisa, sautéing is the process of cooking food in small amounts of oil or water over direct heat.
- Grilling, or ihaw, means to cook food on a rack over direct fire.
- Broiling is the method of cooking food under direct heat.
Remember that sauteing, grilling, and broiling is not just meant to brown food, they are also cooking methods on their own. Additionally, broiling and grilling allow oil from the food to drip, helping you get rid of unnecessary fat before consumption.
Braising is an effective method of tenderizing meat. You braise food by using little water or broth and cooking it over the stove or inside the oven. You can also call braising, stewing.
Most of the time, you brown the meat first before braising it. Also, in most recipes, you can use the water or broth as the savory sauce of the meal.
If you want to get rid of unhealthy cooking methods, you can try poaching as it is also a healthy alternative. In this process, you simmer the meat in water or flavored broth. When poaching, place the meat in an appropriately-sized pan with cover and just use minimal water.
Roasting is almost similar to baking, but typically it uses higher temperatures. You can use baking sheets or pans to allow the food’s natural fats to drip down. However, try not to overcook as it may remove all the food’s moisture and make it dry.