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postheadericon Want to Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home? Here Are 5 Tips

If the idea of restaurant-style pizza makes your mouth water and you fancy yourself a bit of a chef – or at least know which side of knife is sharp and how to turn on an oven – we’ve got some tips for you.

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It turns out it is actually quite easy to make restaurant-style pizza at home, and the result can be as authentic as that which you’d get in Naples – the home of the original margarita.

Get Down and Dirty with the Dough

To make real restaurant-style pizza you need to make the dough yourself, not rely on store-bought options and alternatives. If you are pressed for time, buy fresh dough from the supermarket, but if you can, get mixing and kneading from scratch so you can make the perfect light and airy authentic-tasting base.

Rise Up

You need to give your dough time to rise properly; otherwise it will be stodgy and dense. Rather than putting it in an attractive glass door refrigerator like you’d find at, pop it somewhere warmer. Rising time gives the dough a chance to develop its flavour, and if it’s cold it won’t rise as much. When it has risen enough you can roll it on a surface that has been floured in a thin, even circle, and then let it rest for a few minutes before you start adding sauce.

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The Key Is Cornmeal

Cornmeal stops the dough from sticking, so cover every surface it will touch with a liberal layer. When you are ready to transfer the dough, it will slide off easily, and it also makes getting it in to the oven easier. And it provides an extra crunch when cooked.

Simmer That Sauce

Even restaurants use tinned tomatoes, so you can too! But you do need to simmer your sauce and let it develop a rich flavour profile, so don’t rush it. You can buy cans of whole tomatoes and blitz them, then add garlic, oil and onion as well as salt to taste and a spoonful of sugar to even out acidity.

Don’t Get Too Saucy

Too much sauce is a pizza killer, so go slow and err on the side of caution rather than adding too much and having a soggy mess!

postheadericon The Healthy Cooking Methods

Cooking holds the secret recipe for healthy eating. It is as simple as this, if you know that grass-fed lean meat is your healthy dose and source of proteins but end drowning the meat in fats and other unnatural additives, you are only killing yourself slowly.  Currently, Japan is the country with the highest number of centenarians, and one of the main reasons for the longevity and lives without major disease is cooking food the healthy way?

Wondering which are the healthiest ways of cooking?

  1. Grilling

For the best-grilled meats, the smoke matters and this means that the electric grills aren’t suitable when you are looking for a means of preserving the flavor and the nutrients. Grilling is also the best healthy cooking method because it doesn’t compromise on the flavor. You also use a marinade with healthy ingredients, and you don’t need to soak it in fat as it cooks.  It is for these reasons that KanidaChey, an executive Canadian Chef prepares his signature meat over live fire. He also has an open smoke room for the best-flavored meats.

Just note that grilling over high heat leads to the interaction of proteins and fats in the meat creating toxins which cause antioxidant imbalance and inflammation. Therefore, you should grill leaner meats. You should also keep dark meat on the rare side.

  1. Steaming

You can steam veggies as this allows the food to retain their nutrients and the natural goodness. You can add some seasoning, but you don’t need to add any oils making this a safe cooking method. The only downside is that steamed food is tasteless.

The best foods to steam include zucchini, asparagus, green beans, fish fillets, shellfish, and chicken.

  1. Boiling

This is a quick cooking method. You only need water to boil and some salt. Even though boiling means washing away of nutrients from the boiled food, it isn’t the easiest way to cook. Boiling helps retain some antioxidants which are available easily when the food is boiled. An example of this antioxidant is lycopene in tomatoes and beta-carotene in carrots which have more nutrients when boiled.

  1. Broiling

If you are looking for a healthy cooking method for chicken, salmon, bell peppers, summer squash, onion, and zucchini, try broiling. To broil, all you need to do is to cook the food by exposing it to direct heat in a gas or an electric stove at the bottom of the oven. Since the broiling heat is constant, you will only need to move the food closer to or far away from the flame depending on how you like your food cooked. It works best for lean pieces of meat because it is a dry-heat cooking method.

  1. Stir-frying

This involves cooking at very high heat for a short time. You can cut the food into small and equal parts for even cooking. For this to work, you have to be attentive. You also need to stir the ingredients thoroughly and to toss them around to prevent the food from sticking to the pan. For the best outcome, use a wok. Stir-frying is ideal for cabbage, broccoli, bell peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, shrimp, chicken, pork or scallops.

  1. Pressure cooking

You use a little water and time to prepare food in a pressure cooker. Nutrients and vitamins remain intact. The pressure cooker seals in the steam from boiling intensifying the flavors. You don’t need to add artificial spices or oil.

  1. No Cooking

It isn’t a cooking method but, it is the healthiest way to get all the nutrients from foods. Sweet potatoes, spinach, peppers, and carrots can be eaten raw.