Simple Cooking Tips from your SoCo Austin Apartments

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When you live in a conveniently-located community like CityView at SoCo Austin apartments, it’s hard to convince yourself to cook instead of eating at the restaurants in the neighborhood. Living on South Congress sometimes feel like living in the middle of a food truck festival, and we don’t blame anyone who can’t help themselves from stopping at a food truck for dinner before you ever get home to your apartment.


If you’re trying to break that habit, however, we’re here to help. The kitchens are CityView are luxurious, and we want residents to enjoy them! The key to eating out less is developing the ability to cook food that you actually enjoy eating. It’s not easy, but it’s so worth it. In this week’s blog, we’ll be talking about some tips and tricks you can use to improve the taste of your homemade meals. Who knows, once you’re done reading this post you might even enjoy cooking!


Without further delay, let’s dive into the list below. When you’re done reading it, please be sure to share the link to this post with your friends and neighbors at your community of apartments in South Austin!


Let meat rest before cutting it


Here’s a little secret about meat; as it heats up, the moisture slowly moves towards the edge of the meat. When you take it off the pan and put it on a cutting board, the moisture begins to settle back towards the middle of the meat as it cools down. If you cut the meat too quickly after removing it from the pan, the moisture will spill out the edges and you’ll lose a lot of the flavor.  


Never put food in a cold pan


When you’re cooking meat, your goal should be to sear the outside to the moisture doesn’t escape. Like we said before, moisture moves towards the edge and out of food when the food heats up. By searing the outside of your food, you can lock that moisture inside. You want the pan to be hot when you put the food in there so that the outside of the food gets seared immediately.


Don’t crowd your pan


Unless you’re cooking rice, you usually want your food to be browned instead of steamed. That’s why you should be careful about overcrowding in your pan. As we’ve said before in this blog, food released moisture as it heats up. If your pan is too crowded, that hot moisture will steam the other food in the pan. You can avoid this phenomenon by keeping the pieces of food in your pan far away from each other. Also, make sure not to cover your pan with a lid unless you’re trying to steam something.


Those are all the cooking tips we’ve got for y’all this week, residents! We’d like to thank you all for taking a few minutes out of your day to join us here on the CityView at SoCo blogs page! If we’ve done our jobs, the tips in this week’s post should help cook better meals, more often.

We’ll be back in a couple weeks with another brand new blog post for our residents! If you’re interested in reading more posts from CityView, be sure to bookmark the blogs page so you can easily check it again when the next post goes live on the site. While you wait for that next post, you can follow us on social media to up to date with all the resident events, promotions and fun giveaways going on at CityView — the South Congress apartments Austin residents choose for upscale living in the heart of the city!

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