Whether you consider yourself the next Top Chef or can barely scramble eggs, cooking skills are always a smart thing to have under your belt. Not only does knowing how to cook make it easy to impress family and friends, but it also helps you save money by preparing your meals at home instead of going out to eat. Here we will discuss a few tips on how anyone can up their cooking game faster than you can say filet mignon.
Make Cooking a Regular Part of Your Day
Start off by preparing a meal once a week for your family or yourself and the gradually move to cooking dinner every night for a week straight. By the time your week is through you will have increased confidence in the kitchen and will be willing to take on more difficult recipes.
Keep it Simple
This can be said for both your recipes and your cooking tools. There’s no need to attempt a cordon bleu or invest in overpriced chef knives right of the bat. Begin with simple recipes that use ingredients that are easy to find and requires minimal cooking tools. If a recipe starts to look too difficult before you even try it, it may discourage you from cooking all together.
But, Don’t be Afraid to Try New Things
One of the best ways to dedicate yourself to cooking is by having a recipe you’re truly excited about tackling. Once a week choose a cuisine type you’ve never tried before or a recipe that uses your favorite ingredients in a surprising and unique way. You will quickly find you spend most of your day looking forward to heading to the super market to get started.
Watch Videos and Demonstrations
Youtube continues to be an easy go-to source for cooking videos on ultimately any subject, it’s also nice to watch some “home chefs” try their hands at recipes instead of the famous professional ones you might find on tv. If you are better at learning through a hands on approach schedule a cooking class or visit a free demonstration usually hosted in cooking supplies stores.
Understand No One is Perfect
You are going to burn things, cut yourself and make every mistake in the book, but it’s important to remember that every chef has. Stay persistent and continue to practice your cooking skills daily until those little mistakes become less and less frequent.
Host a Potluck
There is no better way to show off your skills then by hosting a casual potluck with family and friends. This is also the perfect time to swap cooking tips and recipes.
Keep Record of Your Recipes
Nothing is worse than finally finding a meal that is delicious and easy to prepare, just to find you never saved the recipe. While there are a number of web apps to help you save recipes, physical recipe organizers like the hanging Recipe Organizer makes it easy to see entire recipes at a glance, so there is no need to get cook books or mousepads dirty while attempting to see the rest of a recipe.