The Sterling-Rice group is predicting the phase-in of liquids other than water in steaming and poaching, for 2014. Steaming and poaching are among some of the healthiest cooking techniques, delicately cooking foods, while, for the most part, preserving their nutritional value. Poaching and steaming food preparation techniques have received a bad reputation, as they are notoriously bland ways to prepare dishes. Their comeback in 2014 will be the health benefits and unusual flavor combinations of dishes prepared with these techniques, with liquids other than water. By applying that subtle change, businesses can make them trendy again and set themselves apart by offering unusual food.
Foods to Consider Poaching and Steaming
Since poaching and steaming are such delicate cooking techniques, they lend themselves best to the preparation of delicate foods. Vegetables, eggs, fish, dough, and white poultry meat are the most commonly poached and steamed foods. Each of these can be enhanced by using cooking techniques of poaching and steaming food with flavorful liquids. The unusual flavor combinations that can be created by, for example, poaching beets or pears in coffee, or steaming dumplings in a smoked liquid, can lead to very unusual food creations. Poaching and steaming food with wine, beer, tea and other flavored liquids is a way to add preliminary seasonings to various dishes without sacrificing nutritional value and while keeping the ingredients delicate and natural.
Unusual food and unusual flavor combinations are dominating culinary trends. By experimenting with flavor profiles and combinations, restaurant kitchen staff can come to delicious, unique results that will draw the attention of foodie and health-conscious customers alike. Though unusual foods and unusual flavor combinations are all the rage in culinary trends at the moment, restaurants must test the dishes before serving them, to make sure that the seasonings added by the technique don’t overpower the foods and that they add to the ingredient and preparation method. By adding seasonings in creative, unusual ways, restaurants can make themselves stand out while making the most of culinary trends.
Healthy eating is the focus of many current culinary trends. Healthy culinary trends can cater to dieting diners, but when they are made trendy with unusual flavor combinations, they can cater to foodie customers as well. With consumers going crazy over unusual flavor combinations such as fusing of savory and sweet in dessert, creative uses of various cooking liquids instead of water, especially in poaching and steaming, promises to gain attention and approval of the public. Poaching and steaming in flavored liquids can produce unusual foods with high nutritional value, making them attractive to both food enthusiasts and health-concerned diners.