Why is Basting Important?
How to get the most flavor into your food

Basting is a simple technique that helps re-introduce moisture into food. Basting is done by spooning juices from the bottom of the pan back onto the meat using a ladle, spoon, basting brush or tool 3-4 times during the cooking process. This cooking trick is one of the best ways to imbue flavor into whatever you’re whipping up. Pro tip: when basting something that you’re cooking in the oven or on the stove-top, make sure your basting liquid has some fat in it. A simple broth or stock won’t work, so try adding a little butter or some of the rendered fat from whatever you’re cooking – that’s where the flavor really comes from. Basting can also be a way to help cook your food as you’re cooking on the stove-top. For example, by putting a hot liquid over the top of a piece of fish you’re helping it cook and surrounding it with flavor. This is also a great time to you add in different flavors, such as fresh herbs, spices or garlic. Baste away and bring on the flavor!