Almost every woman has that genius friend who has all the cooking tools and ingredients ready and makes a delightful, tasty meal on a whim; and that too without looking at the notes or recipe.
Well, cooking is an art that grows and improves over time with patients. I haven’t seen any woman who has turned into a brilliant cook right on the first day. Even I developed myself through a lot through experiments and failures before I became a good cook.
If you don’t want to get frustrated and struggle as hard as I did, then follow these secret cooking mantras to help expand your cooking skills.
It is the most crucial part of cooking. No matter how many or fewer ingredients are required, you should keep them in a place before you start cooking.
Do you know, there is a term in French that reads “Mise en place!” Its meaning is “putting in place.” So, get your mise ready…I mean gather all the ingredients and be prepared.
No, I am not speaking English. Mise en place is a French term used in culinary circles that means “putting in place.”
Timing plays a vital role in cooking, and it is a good practice to have the whole thing in a ready position before you actually turn on the fire.
If you hang around to chopping that tomato or onion while the frying pan is heating up with oil, then you may see the smokes of oil.
Onions and tomatoes are chopped, potatoes are peeled, coriander leaves are cut from the sprig—yes, it is an ideal set-up.
Learn to use knife:
No other tool in the kitchen could be as more important as a knife. Your time in the kitchen becomes more comfortable when you have a good knife. Many people think that a sharp knife is not safe, but believe me, a blunt knife that can harm easily is a dangerous one. You also need to put in more energy to handle a dull knife.
If the topic is raised, then let me share two additional tips about knives:
1) A knife turns blunt when you put it in the dishwasher. It is an effect of the heat that generates inside the dishwater.
2) Always use a wooden board to chop veggies with a knife. Do not cut on marbel or glass. It will definitely make your knife dull; besides, you will have to listen to that annoying sound too!
Learn to use herbs and spices:
When it comes to seasoning, why do people limit themselves to pepper and salt? There is much more beyond that.
Believe in the power of dried spices and fresh herbs!
They are exquisite and necessary for giving flavor and base to any meal. These two can enhance the taste of your dish to the highest level, and that too without putting excess calories.
Be Smart Shopper:
Want to make your meal quick? Make sure you don’t need to run to the shop every other day to buy minor stuff like the salt or garlic.
The best way is to create a weekly plan and purchase things in advance. You should know what kind of veggies last longer or for how many days they remain fresh in the refrigerator, etc.
Learn to substitute recipe ingredients:
What if you don’t have that particular ingredient mentioned in the recipe? Sometimes, you or any family member might have a food allergy to an ingredient that is suggested in the recipe.
The best way to keep these common cooking issues aside is to master the art of substitutions.
Know how to read a recipe:
You may want to start right away as soon as you read a particular recipe. Yes, there exists an excitement. But, do you know there is a method to read any recipe correctly? You should read the recipe carefully, mark the ingredients that you have or collect those that are missing, take a short break to remember the procedure, and then move ahead to try it.
You need to spend many hours in the kitchen practicing new recipes all the time. You might fail in the beginning, burn expensive ingredients in the journey, and feel discouraged every day. But, there is no alternative to practice. You need to work hard on improving your culinary skills.
Have the right Audience:
I feel this step more important because it tells you how far you have reached in cooking. You should keep the right audience to test your food, give suggestions, and speak their opinions. If you can find someone who is a great cook, even better!
What do you think about these tips? Are these useful? Or do you know some more tips that you would like to add to the above list? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.
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