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Healthy cooking 101: Bake, poach, steam and stir your way to better health

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Healthy cooking methods retain both the nutritional value and flavour in foodsElectrolux ovens all come with a range of functions to make your baking life easierElectrolux Induction Hobs instant temperature controls are perfect for poaching

The recent Electrolux Asian Food Survey 2010 revealed that the vast majority of people worry about health when cooking a meal at home. Is it any surprise? Chronic disease and obesity are on the rise in the region so it is with little wonder that health and nutrition have become top priorities when dining.

Cooking methods have a tremendous impact on the nutritional value of your meal. A common misconception is that you have to sacrifice flavour and taste if you want to cook and eat healthily. The truth is, healthy cooking methods retain both the nutritional value and flavour in foods.

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Healthy cooking methods retain both the nutritional value and flavour in foods

Electrolux has prepared a quick reference guide on the healthiest cooking methods that will keep your mouths watering and your body in tiptop shape!

Baking

Baking is great for cooking breads, desserts, vegetables, fruits, seafood, poultry and meats. The wonderful thing about baking is that it requires no additional fat to cook food in the oven. To make baking even healthier, line your baking sheets with parchment paper instead of greasing it with butter.

Electrolux ovens all come with a range of functions to make your baking life easier. Fan-forced convection technology ensures that hot air is circulated evenly around the food. Perfect for spit-roasting chicken. Auto-off timers also automatically shuts down the oven once the set time is up so you don’t have to worry about your food getting overcooked or burnt.

Oven

Electrolux ovens all come with a range of functions to make your baking life easier

Poaching

Poaching is when food is gently simmered in liquid other than oil. Most often, water, milk, stock or wine is used. It is important to keep the heat low and poaching time to the bare minimum. This will ensure that the food keeps it shape and retains its flavour.

Because poaching is normally used to cook delicate foods and requires such subtle heat control, it is best to use hobs or stoves with immediate reaction times and constant heat levels. The Electrolux EHD60020P Infinite Induction Hob is perfect for this. Poaching is best used for fish, chicken, eggs and other delicate foods.

Induction

Electrolux Induction Hobs instant temperature controls are perfect for poaching

Steaming

Arguably one of the healthiest and simplest methods of cooking, steaming is great for vegetables and fish. Heat a small amount of water in a covered pot with your food in a steamer basket or colander. Use a flavourful liquid such as stock or add seasonings to the water to flavour the food as it cooks.

Make sure not to overcook your food to preserve the nutrients. Vegetables should still be brightly coloured and slightly crunchy in texture when done.

Stir-frying

Ingredients are continuously stirred in a wok over medium-high heat, ensuring a nice and crisp texture without burning. Use just a little bit of healthy oils such as olive oil and cook over medium heat to prevent exposure to oxidized or rancid fats. If you’re extremely health conscious, you can even forgo oils altogether and just use a small amount of broth or stock. Stir-frying is excellent for cooking meat, poultry, fish and vegetables.

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