Do you love to cook? It doesn’t matter where you live. If you love southern cooking, give these ideas a try! Thanks to Ali Switcher for the great Southern cooking tips. If you’re a vegan who loves Southern food, watch the video below where “The Sweetest Vegan” shares a recipe for peach fritters. The video is part of her program to veganize Paul Deen’s “Southern Cooking Bible.” For most of us, this is the healthiest alternative. Our girl Rhonda Peters So what Can I Eat Now Cookbook) also always has healthy recipes that reflect her Southern background. More Rhonda coming soon… – aa

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ave you ever wondered what makes Southern food so tasty? Besides the addition of flavorful ingredients, Southern food is something that takes time and love to prepare. Whether you fry food in a special type of oil or put true emotion into preparing meals, you can make great Southern food at home. The following tips are Southern cooking tips every cook should try.

Use Peanut Oil When Frying.

It’s true that some Southerners would tell you to fry in lard, but lard isn’t a flavor that everyone seems to enjoy. However, peanut oil adds a wonderful flavor to fried chicken, pickles, and anything else you’d like to fry. If you’re allergic to peanut oil, try frying with lard. Depending on where you live, lard will be found with the other oils, usually in the baking section.

Add Flavor With Bacon.

It’s a sin to throw away bacon grease in the South. Okay, not really, but you’re really missing out on great flavor when you throw away bacon grease. Bacon grease can be added to beans and greens to add great flavor. You can also grease a cast iron skillet with bacon grease before baking cornbread. It’s an easy way to add flavor and it helps you make the most of what you have. Of course, you can have delish and healthy greens with just olive oil!!

Take Your Time.

Hushpuppies stackSlow and steady wins the race, especially when it comes to delicious Southern food. Love pork barbecue? Then you’re looking at up to 12 hours for mouthwatering, fall off the bone goodness. Love collard greens? Then you better have at least a couple hours to spare. Even green beans get slowed cooked for several hours. Good food takes time.

Keep It Simple.

While Southern food may take time, it’s not complicated. Many Southern recipes contain 5 ingredients or less and those ingredients can be found in any grocery store in the South. You may have trouble finding some of the ingredients if you live up North, but they are relatively simple to find online.

Cook With Love.

Last, but not least, there’s one thing you’ll notice about all of the great Southern cooks – they put their heart and soul into cooking. Southerners cook for the people they love and because of this they put more effort, time, and care into each and every meal. We don’t have a lot down South, but we make the most of what we do have by adding a dash of love.

Southern food isn’t fancy, but you’ll never be disappointed in the flavor. Rich and decadent, yet simple and affordable. That’s how we do it down South.


Ali Switcher grew up in the south and currently lives in NYC. She’s hoping to open a southern style restaurant in the next year and is currently looking at restaurant software from Amburapp, menu design, and locations.

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