Eight foods you’ve been cooking wrong your entire life - from scrambled eggs to chicken and more

By Michelle Cullen

Not everyone is blessed with the culinary skills of Gordon Ramsey, but the majority can cook up a few simple dishes in order to survive.

However, according to sheknows.com, we have been cooking 8 of our favourite foods all wrong.

Here are some useful tips to help you avoid having a kitchen nightmare:

1. Scrambled eggs

A lot of people can fall victim to not adding enough liquid, whisking too much and overcooking.

To avoid this, you should let the air into the eggs by beating with a whisk before cooking and be careful not to add too much extra liquid.

Television personality Rachael Ray speaks with Montel Williams on January 18, 2007 in New York City. (gettyimages.ie)

The best way to cook scrambled eggs is by stirring continuously over a low heat.

2. Dry beans

Unfortunately, eating beans from a can may not be as convenient as you may think.

To get the perfect canned beans, you must soak them overnight for at least 12 hours and then rinse several times.

Adding salt and other seasonings can also enhance the flavour after they have been cooked.

3. Hash browns

A staple of the full Irish breakfast, hash browns are loved by many.

In order to avoid soggy hash browns, you should squeeze the grated potatoes to get rid of excess liquid.

Take a baking sheet and cover lightly with oil, then spread the potatoes in a thin layer and top with olive oil, salt and pepper.

4. Eggplant

To achieve the perfect eggplant, you should cook the vegetable on its own.

Salt the eggplant and then leave it in a colander to drain. This will allow excess moisture to seep out and create a nicer texture.

5. Caramelised onion

You should never crown the pan when making caramelised onion.

Using a larger pan on a medium heat will create a nice balance of flavours. However, don't be tempted to rush the process, as the perfect caramelised onions can take a while to cook.

6. Frozen veg

Microwaving frozen veg can lead to soggy, limp, mush.

Instead, use a steamer. It will only take a few minutes extra and will seem like you are eating veg straight from the garden.

7. Fresh herbs

People often don’t add enough herbs when they are cooking.

Don't be afraid to grab a bunch that can be added to any meal. Generally, you need three times the amount of fresh herbs as you do dried.

8. Chicken

Many people overcook and under season their chicken.

A fear of salmonella can cause people to overcook their chicken, leaving a dry and tasteless meat on the plate.

Investing in a meat thermometer can put your mind at ease and make sure your chicken is cooked to perfection.

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