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How to Cook Paella Correctly Paella is a dish that has almost all the ingredients. This dish will have your favorite ingredients and it can feel a lot of people. The good thing is that it is not really difficult to cook great paella. Below are some of the best secrets of cooking this delicious meal. Not every rice is good for paella, so you should just use the right one. Look for bomba rice for the best paella. Other kinds of rice you can use for your paella are Valencia or Calasparra rice. You don’t want your paella to be mushy so you should not use common rice varieties. It is important to cook paella in a real paella pan. These are not very expense and it is well worth buying it. The flavor of the paella is at the bottom of the pan so the paella pan is designed to maximize the amount of rice touching the bottom of the pan. With the design, you can easily move the food from the hotter parts of the pan to the cooler parts.
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The heat source should be able to accommodate the entire pan. You can use your stove, an open fire, or an outdoor paella burner. You whole pan should fit on the burner.
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You should only use the best ingredients for your paella. Best does not really mean expensive. They have to be fresh, nice stuff that you can find. Don’t use an ingredient just because the recipe says so, but when you choose ingredients make sure that they look terrific and not run down. Make sure to prepare everything first before you cook. Complete all your peeling and chopping before you even put on your stove. Being prepared makes the process go smoothly. The base for your flavor is from the sofrito. You need to saut? your garlic, onion, tomato, and bell pepper until the flavors mix and the liquids evaporate. You should aim for a firm sofrito that can be shaped in a spoon. Having flavorful cooking liquid will give you a flavorful paella. You get additional layer of flavor if you cook your rice in stock. You can use bouillon if you don’t have stock. For another layer of flavor, add saffron to the cooking liquid. The meat should be browned well. If you brown your meat well, you get that deep flavors in the dish. Here you want to caramelize or develop the sugars in the meat, and that is why it takes time. You don’t want mushy rice in your paella. The socarrat, of the crispy crust that forms at the bottom of the paella is the most prized part of the dish. You can get a good socarrat by increasing the heat during the last few minutes of cooking. The crackly bottom with the bumpy resistance is your socarrat.