This new year, make it a goal to do more than just cook in the kitchen. You may already know how to cook a few dishes so it's always a good thing to level up your cooking game. Try these other cooking techniques so that the next time you see a recipe that calls for it, you already know what to do:
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Searing isn't about cooking the meat at all. The purpose of searing is to develop that beautiful golden brown crust on the outside of your food. That golden brown color is the result of a process that creates flavor, so what you're really doing is developing flavor when you sear meats. You can do this with almost every dish that requires you cooking an ingredient in oil.
Once you've gotten the desired color, you can continue cooking at a lower heat so that you can finally fully cook it through or, in the case of beef, take it off the heat and have the best tasting steak you've ever had.
Since stir frying usually means cooking on high heat, the small sizes of the ingredients means it will burn before you can turn each and every piece. That's why it's called stir-frying, since you'll be stirring almost constantly as the ingredients are added to the wok. Use two cooking utensils as necessary but keeping the food moving as it chars in the wok is the best way to achieve the delicious flavor that you can only get from stir-fried dishes.