I imagine that many of you have heard about mise en place (or miz an plás, as the expression is pronounced). For those who do not know, this term comes from French and basically means to put in order. In the kitchen, it is used to describe the organization of ingredients and utensils necessary for the preparation of a recipe.
This step is crucial for the perfect preparation of a sweet or savory. Want to know one of most common mistakes among amateurs, which can be easily avoided by mise en place right? Start preparing something and have to stop in the middle of the step-by-step for lack of ingredient! So that this and other failures do not happen, write down the tips that we will give you now!
Read the entire recipe
This tip seems obvious, but whoever is in a hurry will most likely identify themselves. Taking a quick look at the recipe before reproducing it is not enough! Often, people see that they have all the ingredients and already set out to prepare the sweet or savory.
However, some very specific utensils may be needed in the middle of the step-by-step. Those who do not have a kitchen thermometer, for example, will find it more difficult to prepare a homemade yogurt. The same goes for ice cream, pasta or cakes that need a special type of whisk. So, read the entire recipe carefully to make sure it will be completed successfully 😉
Separate the ingredients
To facilitate the organization of the sink or countertop, separate all the necessary ingredients in advance. Doing so is essential so that no item of the recipe is left out. If something is missing, you can run to the nearest market before you even start preparing.
Get the ingredient ready for the recipe
After placing all the ingredients on the counter, see how they should be incorporated into the recipe. Peeled? Stung? Grated? Do all of these processes first and place each element in small jars. That way, you will only have the job of mixing everything up when you are going to execute the preparation mode itself.
Check the temperature of the oven and ingredients
To do the perfect bread, for example, the ideal is that the ingredients are at room temperature. That is, when the recipe calls for a product at a specific temperature, it is for an important reason. Most of the time, it directly affects the texture of what you are preparing.
The oven temperature is also another concern that cannot be forgotten. For the cake to be fluffy, it is essential that the oven is already warm and ready to receive it. For that reason, be sure to pay attention to details like this!
Take all the utensils
As we have already said, separating the utensils is also part of the mise en place. Having everything on hand speeds up the preparation of the recipe and prevents something from being mixed with the wrong utensil.
THE globe shaped whisk, for example, is essential for an aerated cream. However, denser breads and doughs require a paddle beater. These are the particularities that define the success of the recipe 🙂