If you are taking your first step in the kitchen for the first time in your life, then chances are you may feel lost or scared. However, you should know that cooking is a simple thing, like anything else around you. The more efforts you take, the better you grow.
You may also feel like you have left too far behind that now it is impossible to catch up.
But, it’s not too late for you to start from the scratch. Motivate yourself and discover how to whip up a thickset, delicious soup or roasted cheesy snacks.
If you are a complete novice and unfamiliar with the world of strainers, knives, pans, and pots, then get yourself started with these necessary beginner cooking abilities. Once you have understood these tips, establish your foundation and develop your culinary collection by exploring new recipes and meals that interest you.
Tip #1: Read Recipes Perfectly
Make sure you always search for well-drafted recipes that are inspirational, informative, and easy to follow. These days, the internet is filled with millions of recipes. It is hard to find one such recipe that will actually guide you or share some new information.
Recipes are divided into two parts: First part is a list of necessary ingredients and second is a procedure that instructs the readers how to cook a particular dish.
The best time to read a recipe is to read it just before you start cooking. You can read it twice to make sure you remember all the steps and instructions.
Tip #2: Learn knife skills
Yes, there is a method to chop the veggies fast! A good cook knows how to cut herbs and fruits. Even it is necessary to remember what kind of shape you want to cut in.
The best way to grow your knife skills is to practice regularly. Start with simple cuts on potatoes, tomatoes, onion, cabbage, coriander, etc.
Tip #3: Learn the art of seasoning
Proper seasoning can improve the taste of food. Learn to add a free hand sprinkling of a wholesome grind of fresh split pepper and salt to almost every dish you make.
Take the next step and do experiments with some other seasoning elements as well. You can use ground nutmeg that improves the taste of bitter greens and white sauces. Smoked paprika is an excellent way to add depth to your rice dishes and soups. Use of cumin can bring Mexican flair to your beans dish.
In this way, you can try different seasonings to help enhance the taste of your meal.
Tip #4: Roast vegetables properly
Some women choose to blanch or steam the vegetables as their side dishes. Many times they limit the use of vegetables in making salads only.
However, an ingenious home cook knows the best way to use the vegetables. They understand that the roasting gives maximum flavor and taste.
So, your next step is to learn roasting methods.
Tip #5: No need to improvise excessively
As a beginner cook, you are expected to follow the steps mentioned in the recipe. If it is the first time you are making a particular dish, then better you focus on the given recipe only.
You can, though, take out notes and make necessary alterations or experiments in the recipe during the second attempt.
Once you get to know your direction, you can be as courageous and bold as you want.
Whether you have been making meals for years or are a beginner cook, you will always find these tips useful. I hope these tips will benefit you in the kitchen.
What tips do you give other beginner cooks? If you know some other tips that every beginner cook should know, then feel free to let everyone know those tips through the comment box below.
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