Cooking is an essential life skill whichever way you want to spin it. Want to impress your friends, or some you’re courting? A good meal does the trick. Want to improve your hospitality skills? Great cooking is essential. Want to save money? Eat healthier? Enjoy better meals? Cooking, cooking, cooking. There are few skills that help boost your feelings of independence more.
Cooking puts you in control of your own food. No longer are you at the mercy of whatever nutrients happen to be in pre-prepared meals. No longer must you suffer whatever additives happen to be in those meals, either. But if you’re just starting out with home cooking as a habit, then you might have noticed that your meals aren’t quite as tasty as you were hoping. Cooking, of course, takes a lot of practice. But there are a few things you can do to help better your results a little quicker!
Stick to the recipe
This seems like an obvious piece of advice, but it’s not one that many people follow as much as they should, especially among newcomers. Whether it’s a lack of the right ingredient, the correct quantity, or a particular piece of equipment, many newcomers will simply skip a step, ingredient, or otherwise improvise because they think something else may be more to their liking. Experimentation is certainly to be encouraged – but you should probably just stick to a given recipe the first few times you work with it. There’s a reason that every ingredient is listed there, and in the specific quantities listed.
Get the right equipment
Too many wannabe chefs end up making do with the basics when it comes to equipment. That isn’t to say you need a kitchen filled with elaborate tools – after all, there are loads of things you could buy that aren’t really essential items. But there could be plenty of recipes you’ll have trouble making simply because you only have very basic equipment. Resources like Review Loft provide reviews of kitchen products that can help you improve your results. You should also consider updating some of the stuff you already have – already of people buy budget-priced kitchen equipment when they first move into their place that they never get round to replacing with really quality items.
Look into education
Technically, you’re an amateur cook. A lot of people think that ‘amateur’ is an insult, but it simply means it’s something you’re focussing on in your free time and not being paid for! One thing about many amateurs, however, is that they feel that there’s no strong reason for them to get educated in a particular field – precisely because it’s not something they’re looking to make a career out of. But education should always be something you pursue for benefits in your personal life; this can be much more useful that pursuing education for the sole purpose of enhancing career prospects. So consider looking up some intermediate cooking lessons in your area. Heck, you could even look up cooking education channels on YouTube, though they may not be as hands-on as you’d like!