Cooking Tips And Tricks For The Kitchen Novice ~ You Need To Check This Out!

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If you’re a novice in the kitchen, you might be wondering how to improve your skills and become a good cook. Some people are born with great cooking skills, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to do it yourself. Learning how to cook good food will benefit you in so many ways, whether you’re just feeding yourself or trying to impress somebody! You can host awesome dinner parties, enjoy delicious food, and even make it a bit of a hobby of yours. These cooking tips and tricks will help you on your way to becoming a better cook!

 

Start Off With Simple Recipes And Ingredients

Don’t try to run before you can walk. If you’re a total beginner, make sure you start off with simple recipes and ingredients. Choose a simple recipe that contains ingredients you can handle. You’ll stand a higher chance of success and you’ll ease yourself into the cooking process.

 

Read The Recipe Twice

So, you have the recipe you’re going to follow. Make sure you read it properly. Better yet, read it through twice. Read it in advance, if possible. You might find hidden ingredients and instruction in the body of the recipe, such as soaking something overnight. You need to be prepared if you’re going to nail a recipe, and you can only do this if you read it through carefully. You might miss something really important if you scan it. If you’re making something like Jamaican Jerk chicken, you’ll likely need to marinate it for a while beforehand. Bear things like this in mind.

 

Learn How To Use Herbs And Spices For The Best Flavor

Herbs and spices should always be used to get the best flavor from your cooking. However, make sure you start off small. You can always add more later on if you need to, but you can’t take any away.

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Invest In Decent Cooking Equipment

Although a lot of it is about the skills you have in cooking, decent equipment will help you to make the best of your meals. A good pan when making scrambled eggs, for instance, can actually create fluffier eggs. It really does make a difference!

 

Consider Choosing One Technique And Mastering It

Instead of trying to master everything at once and not really nailing anything, choose one technique or method and try to master that first. For example, soups and stir-fry’s are quite easy when you compare them to baking. Master soups, where you can be flexible and it won’t usually harm the flavor of your soup. Then move on to stir-fry’s. You’ll soon have lots of recipes in your repertoire.

 

Experiment When You Feel Confident

When you feel confident, why not experiment? Stray from a recipe a bit, and add your own touch. You don’t need to completely change it, but adding your own ingredient(s) could make all the difference.

 

Never Experiment With Baking

Although experimenting can be a good idea in cooking, it’s not a good idea if you’re baking. Baking is actually an exact science, so unless you’re simply swapping nuts or taking away some chocolate, don’t mess with it.

Keep Your Knives Sharp

Having sharp knives will make your dish not only look better, but taste better too. The consistency will be better, and you’ll make every chopping job you have so much easier on yourself.

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Fresh Ingredients Make All The Difference

Fresh ingredients really do make all the difference when you’re cooking, so start using them if you can. Fresh herbs, spices, and vegetables will make your dish vibrant and delicious. You can even freeze them from fresh if you like.

Taste As You Go Along

Taste your dish as you go along to make sure it tastes right. This is the point you can add more herbs, spices, or whatever you need to to make it delicious.

Buy A Kitchen Scale

Kitchen scales and measuring cups will ensure you’re not just guessing when it comes to getting portion sizes right. Pasta for example, never looks like you’re cooking enough. But when it’s finished, you have enough to feed a small town. Kitchen scales and measuring cups make sure you get your recipes right each and every time.

 

Be OK With Failing

If you’re going to become an awesome cook, you really need to be OK with failing. Maybe don’t pressure yourself by agreeing to cook for 5 people before you’re ready. Cook for yourself for a while and see what happens. If you fail, you’re one step closer to becoming a better cook. Think of it that way!

 

These tips will get you on your way to becoming an impressive cook. Stick with it and you’ll have a great skill for life!

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6 Replies to “Cooking Tips And Tricks For The Kitchen Novice ~ You Need To Check This Out!”

  1. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    These are great tips. I am teaching my granddaughter to cook. She loves it. This will help out a lot. Thanks!

  2. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    THese are all good tips. It is very important to use fresh ingredients and taste as you cook.

  3. Fantastic advice. I’m trying to involve my girls in cooking the meals that we make. Giving them little bits of knowledge at a time. Hopefully they’ll have at least a little practice cooking when it’s time for them to cook for themselves and not learn the hard way like I did.

  4. Thanks for all these great tips. I love to cook but am not an expert and I don’t like fancy food.

  5. Patricia Hoffmeister says:

    I’ve been married 58 years but I still like to read tips and tricks. These are really good tips. I feel that fresh ingredients are very important.

  6. Lyndsey R. says:

    I love nothing more than teaching my son to cook. These are great tips. Even I learned some things!

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