If you’re among the 95% of Americans who prefer home cooking to eating out, you likely are looking to improve your cooking skills. While it takes some effort, you can make all kinds of delicious foods at a higher quality than your favorite restaurant would. Plus, it will taste better since you made it yourself!
Here, we’re going to talk about how to become a better cook. Read on for 5 of the best tips for beginning gourmands.
1. Understand Kitchen Tools
Before you can start cooking, it’s important that you understand how to use all of the tools around your kitchen. Utensils like spatulas and whisks are really straightforward, but those that require electricity and need to be turned on may require some more knowledge. Fiddle around with the different settings on devices like blenders, toaster ovens, air fryers, and more.
Make sure that you stay safe while experimenting! Don’t stick your hand in anything sharp or hot. Wear heat-proof gloves when applicable.
2. Check Your Recipe
Once you understand all facets of your kitchen, it’s time to choose some delicious recipes that you want to try out. If you’re a beginning cook, keep things simple. Homemade pancakes, pasta, lasagne, and quiche are some easy recipes that you’ll love.
Make sure that you know what you’re cooking and that you have all of the right ingredients for the recipe. This will prevent a situation where you have a half-cooked dish and are missing the next key ingredient.
3. Keep Trying Until You Succeed
It can be tempting to decide you’re a bad cook and give up when you reach a roadblock. Don’t do this!
Everyone will face challenges in the kitchen and contend with the occasional bad dish. It’s all part of the process. Keep trying new recipes until you find something you like. You also can take on the challenge of refining “failed” dishes to make them delicious.
4. Try Various Cuisine Types
When experimenting in the kitchen, trying new foods is one of the best things you can do. There are thousands of different recipes out there, most of them from different areas of the world. Don’t limit your scope to a Western European menu.
For example, Vietnamese cuisine differs from other culinary delights in several ways. It can be a delicious thing to try. Plus, working with various country’s recipes can give you a more well-rounded understanding of the cooking process.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
You may have heard people say that cooking is an art while baking is a science, which is 100% accurate. You can try new things that you think will taste good in dishes that have nothing close to it on the recipe.
If you think a specific spice would taste good in a dish, try using it to make your cooking more unique. Try adding new vegetables or use healthy lean meats in place of beef. The possibilities are limitless!
Beyond How to Become a Better Cook
While cooking at home may initially sound like a chore, it’s actually one of the most fun changes that you can make to your life.
Now that you know how to become a better cook, it’s time to get started. Check out the ‘recipes’ tab under the ‘lifestyle’ section of our home page to get some ideas about the delicious things that you can cook at home.