Tips for improving your cooking

Monday, October 31, 2022


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Cooking is something we all have to do, but if you don’t enjoy it, it can be a chore. Instead of seeing it as a chore, why not improve your cooking skills to increase the enjoyment of cooking? Whether you are someone who loves cooking or someone who doesn’t, there is always a way to improve your skill in the kitchen.

Simple ways to improve your skill can involve cooking new recipes that you have never cooked before - take this cast iron salmon recipe as an example. Other ways can be making sure you use the correct equipment and not skip certain steps within a recipe - admit it, we’ve all done this many times.

Cooking is great for your mental health as well as your physical health as by cooking your own meals, you can control your diet. Below we look into our top tips for improving your cooking.
Ensure you use the correct equipment

The equipment you use when cooking can have a big impact on the success of the meals you are preparing. Before cooking a recipe, ensure you have the right equipment for the job and if you don’t consider a different recipe or going out to buy the things you need. Without the right equipment, you may find your cooking times are off, that when cutting the meat, you can’t do it correctly and that your food doesn’t come out as you would expect. Using new equipment also improves your respirator, enabling you to cook even more dishes well.
Don’t skip recipe steps

We are all guilty of this, so don’t pretend you are not. When you are cooking your meal, you start to take things out of the cupboard to realize you don’t have an item in. Instead of getting it, you just skip that step. Each item you need for your recipe is important as it adds its own dynamic to the recipe. You may not think it’s important but when adding it, it can really make a difference. Just like using fresh food can enhance the flavor profile, using all the correct ingredients will do the same. On that note, make sure you stick to the same measurements as well. Measurements allow you to keep producing the same flavors each time you make your dish. Different measurements can change the flavor hugely.
Practise, practise, practise

It’s the rule of life - the more you practice the better you will get at doing something. These rules especially apply to cooking and helping you improve as a cook. When you make a dish, try to repeat the same dish a few times within the month of cooking it. This way you get to practise any new techniques that are required and it transfers into your long-term memory. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t work out when you do it the first time, the more you practise the better you will become at doing it.

What tips do you have for improving your cooking? Are there any tips that we are missing? Let us know in the comment box below.

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