After many years of being pampered by our moms in a very comfortable atmosphere of home, there will always come a time that we need to be on our own, and this is a reality that seems too scary for many of us. Why not? Finding our own place or raising our own family means having all the responsibilities of keeping our home. And one of the most dreadful activities for many of us is cooking. Cooking and preparing food is something you need to do on a daily basis. Of course you can easily call a restaurant to have some food delivered to your home, but as you know, home cooked food is always better.
What this all means is that we all need, one way or another, to learn how to cook. If you are a beginner in cooking, then it makes sense that you’ve got a lot of hesitations and fears. But as you try and overtime, you will surely be used to cooking and will eventually be able to make healthy and delicious means for your family. Here are some tips you should keep in mind as you begin your journey to becoming a great cook.
1. Purchase only fresh and good quality fruits, vegetables and ingredients.
Whenever you go to grab some groceries, make sure that you only get the freshest produce. Your vegetables need to look plump and fresh, and the leafy ones must not be blackened or wilted. For frozen food items, see to it that there are no signs of ice crystals in the food bags because this means that it already got thawed and put back to the freezer. When buying fruits, be sure you pick those that don’t look plump or too shiny.
2. Never undercook or overcook food.
Food should not be under or overcooked. First of all, eating undercooked food is unhealthy and can even be fatal, especially for foods like beans, meat and sea foods. On the other hand, overcooking your food means losing a lot of the most important nutrition you can get from your food items. If you are referring to some recipes, make sure that you follow the instructions accurately.
3. Avoid pouring too much or too little water.
If you try to notice, there are so many recipes that involve adding some water, which is usually to cook the food, prevent it from burning, or even to simply adjust the food’s consistency. Adding not enough amount of water can lead to burnt food or food that is cooked in the outside but undercooked in the core. Meanwhile, if you add too much water in soups, for instance, you may need to cook the food longer than necessary to reduce the water, and this leads to the overcooking of the food.
4. Use the appropriate size of pans and pots.
When it comes to cooking, size does matter in terms of the pot or pans you are going to use. If you cook a small amount of food in a huge container, you will be wasting gas. And if you fry a huge slice of meat or fish in a small pan, this can result to uneven cooking of the food.
5. What to do after boiling vegetables?
Once you have sliced and boiled your vegetables to perfection, make sure that you can still use the water you used for boiling. You have to know that this water actually contains all the nutrients of the vegetables you have boiled. Thus, it is a pity to just let it go down the drain. Be more creative and find other ways that you may still use the water from the boiled vegetables.
6. Start cooking only once the pan is perfectly heated already.
One basic and important rule in cooking is ‘hot pan cold oil’. If you start pouring the oil when the pan is heated enough, the food you are to fry is less likely to stick to the bottom of your pan. In addition, doing this will retain the quality of your cooking oil, which directly affects the quality of your food as well.
7. See to it that you taste the food while you are cooking.
One of the basic things you will learn even from cooking classes New Orleans is that it is essential that you taste your food every now and then until it is completely cooked. This way, you will know what needs to be adjusted, like maybe you need to add more water or salt or perhaps you are overcooking your ingredients already. Doing this will help you avoid any disaster in the taste and quality of your food.
8. Always have some instant food reserved.
As a novice in cooking, you cannot expect yourself to produce perfect dishes and meals. Of course, learning is a process that naturally takes time and a lot of practice. Failure is also inevitable, so it is something that you need to prepare for.
Cedric Loiselle enjoys writing about a myriad of topics such as business and finance, health, as well as home improvement and lifestyle.