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Are you fed up of the meals you’ve created not coming out how you intended? Here are 10 ways to help you get more from your time in the kitchen.
1. Master the basics first and you’ll start to understand the cooking process more thoroughly before you take on a more ambitious project.
2. Once you are getting to grips with the basics, you’ll need inspiration. Gather recipes from books, newspapers, websites and TV shows.
3. It is a good idea to give yourself plenty of time when cooking. If you rush yourself or add unnecessary pressure, it will have a detrimental effect on the dishes you create.
4. If things go wrong, and they might, make sure you don’t lose heart. It’s important to bounce back quickly and get back in the kitchen asap.
5. And when you do, make sure you learn from your mistakes. Go over what you did, step-by-step, and identify where you went wrong.
6. Where there are still gaps in your cooking knowledge, and for additional inspiration, use the greatest resource available to you – your friends and family. Ask them for tips, get them to show you things and learn as much as you can.
7. Practice makes perfect, so the more time you can spend in the kitchen the better it will be reflected in your cooking.
8. To get a little more from your cooking, you’ll also want to make sure you’re using the best ingredients.
9. Old, misshapen cookware can have a negative impact on your dishes, so it may be a sensible idea to invest in a new cookware set.
10. The most important thing, however, is to love your food. By having a genuine passion for food, you’ll start to distinguish between good and bad cooking and that will be reflected in the dishes you make.
By Robert Berry-Smith
Shirley’s Comments: I love that Robert’s attempted to condense ways to get more from your kitchen time.There are so much more to be said here and I agree that the basics are to key to great kitchen time. It is best to plan your cooking according to the time you have to prepare the meal. Do not give yourself 15 minutes to make a great soup from scratch, it is not possible. You want to Know what takes time and what does not.
If you have made the chili from scratch, then want to make a Frito pie or tamale pie (tamales already made) it can take the 15 minutes. The chili itself can be an hour or so process. I like to make things like chili or fresh broth during the weekend when I have more time, then add to them during the week for variety.
The best ingredients also help a lot. I prefer to use local grown vegetables and fruits when possible. Organics are great and can be costly, so go with freshest possible and sometimes that means the least traveled.
When it comes to cookware and investing in a new set, I would advise to do your research on what serves you best. I have returned to the cast ironware of old and glass. The aluminum based cookware leaches into your foods and has been linked to diseases. If iron leaches, it will help your red blood cells.
Most important love your food, play with what you like, and have fun creating for you and yours.