Guest Author - Jason Hodge
The way you season your food is one of your major keys to making food that your client will crave and request over and over. It also is the quickest way to develop the trust you need for your clients to want to try out your other suggestions.
Let me give you a little history on this process. Years ago I had to create a seasoning method that would work for my mom and clients who didn't want to have to take the time to figure out what to put into their dishes to make them taste good. They needed something as quick and turnkey as possible that could be taken care of in one step. My solution was to pre package seasoning blends where all they had to do was shake them in at one time without having to open up a bunch of bottles and packets. It was a big hit and I've gotten great feedback and appreciation over the years from developing a system that made their cooking processes easy and foolproof.
If you incorporate this process into your personal cheffing practice you'll no only save yourself a boatload of time you'll also make your life easier and the flavor of your recipes consistent.
Now onto your process...
No matter what it is you can pretty much take the seasoning combinations of your recipes and put them into a baggie until you're ready to use them in your cooking. You can do this one of two ways. Either mix up enough of your seasonings to make up many batches in one vessel and then divide them into portions or mix them individually in separate baggies to put aside for your future dishes.
Making Them All Up At Once
PRO: Making them it all up at once gives you the most speed. You can make up enough to cover a limitless number of meals and applications.
CON: Different ingredients have different weights and settle different, so the larger the batch you mix the less your chances of having a consistent flavor throughout. By the time you finish portioning out your seasoning blend, you end up with a seasoning blend at the end of your process that tastes nothing like what your recipe calls for, which keeps you from being able to truly duplicate your flavor profile.
Making Them Up In Separate Baggies
PRO: You will always get consistent uniformity in portions and flavor profile. You won't have to measure out your seasonings when you're cooking, you just grab one or more of your baggies and shake its contents into your dish and you're done! It makes transportation easier and less bulky.It cuts down your processing time. If you're making your recipe and it calls for 1 tsp of this 5 tbsp of that a pinch of this and a 1/2 tsp of that, you don't have to do the math to figure how much of the seasoning you'll have to put in to equal what your recipe actually calls for.
CON: It may take you a little more time to put together.
There are many other pluses to this process, but you get the point. Pre packaging your seasonings gives you an easy way to automate your cooking process, free up the time and energy you need to create amazing, new dishes that recharge your batteries and give you ways to expand upon your culinary offerings and it makes transporting your gear more convenient. Give it a go and let me know how it works out for you. [Note:* I already know.]
As always, it's been my pleasure sharing with you these time saving, business building tips. Until next time...