Culinary Evolution

February 2, 2017

Can you imagine what cooking was like in the beginning of time? Typically raw meat and an abundance of vegetables was the meal on the menu. The methods of cooking, the unique flavors across the world, and modern trends today are all part of the culinary evolution.

 

As you cook in the kitchen, there are many techniques that you can utilize. The native people of the Caribbean deposit their seasoned chicken or turkey onto a pit of coals and pimento wood. They frame the pit with sheets of metal and wait a day for it to tenderize. This slow cooked process produces a delectable, smoky, fall off the bone product that melts in your mouth. Tenderized meat is much more palatable because the collagen is broken down by either pounding the meat or is marinated. A popular Mexican snack are crickets. The first step is to soak the crickets in chili pepper water. This simple process cleans off any impurities and also adds bright flavor to the protein snack. Next they are placed into a hefty pan and constantly stirred for about twenty minutes, then sent off to the markets for sale. Baghaar or Chaunk is an Indian method that consists of whole spices roasted in oil or ghee. The garnish is then lightly poured over the dish to enhance the flavor.

 

Trade and technology have a great impact on the flavors of food that we experience in restaurants today. Traders, wanderers, and explorers exchanged their culture with the people and places they traveled to and eagerly brought back the techniques, spices, crops, and livestock.

This exchange and the environment all contribute to the unique blends of flavors. The Vikings

and European peasants are examples of how their habitat can certainly make a difference. The

Vikings lived mostly on fish and livestock. Bread or wheat was usually for the wealthy, while in

Europe the peasants ate bread and craved meat.

 

While you greedily prepare a fresh, chilled mango smoothie in your blender, you are using modern technology. Anti griddles are machines that freeze food at a temperature of -30 degrees Fahrenheit, which creates a crunchy exterior and preserves a soft, creamy interior. So next time you happily bite into an ice cream dessert, maybe it could be made from the efficient anti griddle. Another impressive invention is a dehydrator which dries out the ingredient to sustain its freshness. Current devices like this have furthered our experience in this crafty expertise.

 

As you can see culinary evolution has many components that make it interesting. The methods and techniques certainly are unique. Can the flavors of the world be more mouth-watering and enticing. Modern technology has definitely aided to the efficiency of the flavorful food. The next time you hungrily munch on a sizzling Caribbean style turkey leg you will remember how it was patiently cooked.






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