Before we begin to prepare our food we must have adequate tools. I recommend buying premium-cooking products that will last. A heavy-duty wok and frying pan that are coated with a non-stick surface are preferable. Make sure the lids fit snugly on all pans. In addition, a large boiling pot with a lid is also a must.
Steamers are also important for cooking vegetables and poaching salmon. By using the steamer you can reduce the fat content since you will not have to add oil.
I suggest purchasing a wooden spatula to use when cooking with the wok or frying pan. The wood does not heat up as metal would, so you are less likely to get burned.
A premium heavy cutting knife is essential. This is the most important tool for preparing vegetables and cutting meat. The knife should be heavy and thick. When you need additional leverage you can press down on the top (dull) side of the knife with your other hand.
For cooking in a wok, vegetables, meats and tofu should be cut evenly to ensure even cooking.
Finally a heavy-duty cutting board is necessary. Remember if you are preparing meats or fish, you must wash the cutting board off thoroughly before preparing a salad to avoid spreading bacteria such as salmonella. I suggest preparing meats at the end of the meal preparation and then washing the cutting board thoroughly for the next usage.
In this chapter you were introduced to basic kitchen cooking utensils. In the next chapter we will take you to the supermarket where we will make some healthy food selections.
© 2007, Bruce Eric Van Horn
If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. - Hippocrates
Author, CPA, MBA and yoga instructor Bruce Van Horn founded Yoga for Business, Inc., a company devoted to organizational and individual wellness. He presents a daily Yoga Workout routine that provides a complete physical, mental and spiritual workout. He is the author of Yoga for Prostate Health and Yoga for Men, designed for all levels of experience with yoga.. He has renamed (Asanas) positions in Yoga using terms from business to help you identify with the movement and focus your attention. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Complimentary Medicine at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Bruce also leads a volunteer yoga program designed for cancer patients and healthcare workers at Beth Israel Medical Center. He lives outside New York with his wife Michelle who is a Reiki Master. Bruce has two daughters who have asked that he refrain from headstands at the town pool. His website is www.yogaforbusiness.com If you have any questions, feel free to write: E-Mail.
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