When you are largely seen as a good cook, you hear all kinds of comments from people who don’t claim to have talent in this area. The biggest excuse that seems to come up is that they are just not a good cook. Maybe they claim that they can burn water, or that they just aren’t good at experimenting in the kitchen. The truth is that it’s not that hard to be a decent cook. Like most things, anyone can learn, if they put their mind to it. However, unlike other “hobbies”, cooking is a necessary part of everyday life. Everybody has to eat, so you might as well make it as pleasant an experience as possible. Below you will find some tips to turn you from a kitchen flop to a culinary star.
Use a Recipe
Don’t tell anyone else, but almost every good cook relies on a collection of cookbooks and favorite recipes. Even those cooks who have a signature dish probably picked it up from somebody else, or lifted it from a magazine or cookbook. There is absolutely no shame in using a recipe. It is just another tool in a good cook’s kitchen. No one would be embarrassed to admit that they had used a blender, would they? So, why balk at using a recipe? In fact, if you are less than confident in the kitchen, recipes are the absolute best way to improve your cooking ability. Someone else has already taken the time to test the compatibility of all the ingredients, as well as the preparation and cooking methods used. Take advantage of that to not only get better results, but also to save time. Once you get more familiar with cooking techniques, you’ll start to be more comfortable making substitutions and variations to your favorite dishes.
Practice Makes Perfect
As trite as this sounds, the good cooks that you know are probably the ones that do it a lot. Nothing can really substitute for practice. Anybody can make a frozen dinner; however, that won’t do you any good if your goal is to become a better cook. Besides, eating that type of prepared food is unhealthy, expensive and, frankly, boring. So what if your first few tries result in less than stellar results? Does the painter automatically turn out a masterpiece the first time he picks up a brush? Of course not! He perfects his craft over time, and so will you. Begin with simple recipes and practice, practice, practice.
Tools are Your Friends
Most people who don’t see themselves as exceptional cooks don’t pay a lot of attention to kitchen tools. However, a properly stocked kitchen will make learning to be a good cook much easier. A blender that works properly and nice sharp knives just make cooking more enjoyable. You should also invest in some other basic cooking helps, like a stand mixer. This is really an indispensable kitchen tool that you should use on a regular basis. If you do have kitchen tools, but rarely use them, pick some recipes that will allow you to learn your tools, and make the most of their abilities. While the tools don’t make the cook, they can certainly make your job easier.