9 COOKING SECRETS ONLY FRENCH CHEFS KNOW  

Reach for high-quality ingredients

From fine cuts of meat to fresh seafood, your cooking is only as good as the ingredients you work with.

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Use in-season fruits and vegetables

Typically, in France, people go daily to the farmers' markets to see what the offerings are and cook based on that.

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Sharpen your knives

There are many different shapes to cut a piece of meat or vegetable into, and having sharp knives is essential.

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Don't be afraid of butter

The three basic secrets of French cuisine are: butter, butter, butter.

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Get prepared, also known as "mise en place.

The term stands for 'everything in its place' and means before you start to cook, have everything ready.

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Use herbs and spices

A lot of French and European cuisine heavily relies on herbs like bay leaves, parsley, thyme, coriander, cilantro, basil, peppercorns, and tarragon.

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Cook slow

Traditional French recipes take time to prepare.

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Layer flavors

This is the main reason most French dishes take time to make.Each ingredient adds a layer of flavor, which needs time to develop.

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Sauce it up

French food often includes a lot of sauce, simmered and expertly prepare.

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