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      How to Stir-Fry Anything

      stir-fry anything

      Introduction

      Stir-frying is an Asian technique for cooking meat and vegetables quickly, so that they retain texture and flavor.

      Stir-frying typically involves a quick sauté over high heat, occasionally followed by a brief steam in a flavored sauce.

      Instructions

      Difficulty: Easy

      Steps

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      Step One

      invest in a nonstick or carbon-steel wok (you need to season a carbon-steel wok).

      while you can stir-fry in any old skillet, the wok’s depth and sloping sides (it’s cooler there, so you can move ingredients away from the hot bottom to the sides) are ideal.

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      Step Two

      prepare everything you need before you begin to stir-fry. cut all your vegetables and meats and prepare your sauce. stir-frying is fast; you won’t really have time to chop the broccoli while the onion is cooking.

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      Step Three

      make sure that your vegetables and meats are all cut approximately the same size – bite size, as a matter of fact.

      stir-frying uses high heat, so pieces must be small enough to cook through without burning.

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      Step Four

      Learn the different cooking times of meats and vegetables. You’ll need to stagger additions to the stir-fry according to how long they take to cook. (For example, you’d add onions first, and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add broccoli florets and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes, then add red bell pepper and stir-fry for 2 more minutes.)

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      Step Five

      if you’ve got a wok full, stir-fry the meat completely first, then add it back in at the end.

      (this works well for a large assemblage of ingredients, because you ensure the meat cooks fully but not too much.)

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      Step Six

      heat the pan first, then add oil. when the oil is hot, add aromatics, such as ginger and garlic, and stir-fry for a few seconds, or until you smell them.

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      Step Seven

      start adding your other ingredients, according to their approximate cooking times. when the food is about two-thirds done, add your sauce.

      if the food will take more than a few minutes more to cook, cover and steam until done.

      if it will take less time, continue to stir-fry.

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      Step Eight

      practice the basic technique of lifting under the food in the wok with a spatula or other flat utensil and moving it to the side.

      Tips & Warnings

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