When cooking, don’t overcrowd the pan

You might think you have enough room in your skillet for an extra piece of chicken or an extra carimanola, but frying in large batches will cause the temperature of your oil to drop too low, resulting in a less crispy chicken or causing your carimanolas to burst open. When water-rich vegetables are too close together in a pan, the steam given off by the veggies will prevent them from cooking evenly, leaving them soggy instead. As a preventive measure, fry or cook in small batches, and be sure to stir while cooking — this will fry your food more evenly