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Techniques for Intense Flavor
There are many ways to bring out the flavors of your food without adding excessive amounts of salt, fat and empty calories. Try some of these simple techniques to get the most flavor out of your recipes:
- Give your vegetables a sweet, smoky flavor by grilling or roasting them in a very hot (450° F) oven or grill. Brush or spray lightly with oil so they don't dry out and sprinkle with fresh herbs.
- Caramelize onions to bring out their natural sweet flavor. Cook them slowly over low heat in a small amount of oil. They are perfect for a rich, dark sauce for meat and poultry.
- Lift and balance the flavor of your foods with a tangy taste with citrus juice or grated lemon, lime or orange peel.
- Simmer sauces to make a reduction. Reduce the flavors of meat, poultry and fish stocks by heating them, but not boiling them. Reductions make flavorful glazes or gravies.
- Brown meat while adding flavor by using high-heat cooking techniques to intensify the flavors of meat, poultry and fish.
- When cooking grains that absorb liquid, cook them in fat-free, reduced sodium chicken, beef or vegetable broth.
For more information on cooking the healthful way, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and check out these Cooking Tips and Trends.
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Reviewed May 2013