Mise en Place - Everything in its place

Sep 01, 2020
 

Mise en Place is a French culinary phrase which means "put into place" or "everything in its place". It's the smart way to begin your cooking and to make every step as efficient as possible.

It will prevent you from getting halfway through a recipe only to find you're missing one key ingredient. With the help of some handy preparations, when the time comes to combine the ingredients on the stove or assemble the final dish, you aren't scrambling to dice your onions or chop your parsley while something is cooking and maybe burning because of your lack of attention.

To begin:

  • Read your recipe all the way through to understand what is expected of you to complete the recipe.
  • Gather the necessary equipment and utensils for the preparation, and have them all within reach of your cooking area. Small appliances should be assembled and ready to be plugged in.
  • All the ingredients should be pulled out of the pantry/refrigerator, measured, weighed, washed, trimmed and cut as described in the recipe.
  • Put the ingredients in order of their use as described in the recipe. I like to use small and medium-sized prep bowls to hold the individual ingredients.
  • Don't forget to have pot holders and towels standing by and ready to be used. And, the oven preheated if necessary.

While mise en place won't prevent you from drying out a roast or burning a batch of cookies, it will make you a better cook by changing the way you think about and work through preparing a meal from start to finish. By practicing the organizational skills of mise en place it will greatly improve your home cooking experience.

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