Cooking is an art and it takes a great level of inspiration and discretion to produce a very good taste for consumption. Before you’re 30, you are expected to have learnt some basic kitchen practices resulting into cooking proper meals. Learning to cook is not as easy as some might think, it comes with minor difficulties which requires creativity.
Minimize your intake of junk food. This is a typical challenge among college students who lack the cooking abilities and so resort into eating junk food. But as growth takes place in life, learning the habit and skills of cooking would improve your self esteem and give you some sense of belonging.
Taking courses online or enrolling in a catering academy is very advisable as this would guarantee excellent results compared to trial and errors.
Invite your family and friends over to a meal and let them rate your cooking skills. Everyone has to make plenty of mistakes in the kitchen before it’s time to host a dinner party.
Safety while cooking
when you’re cooking or in the kitchen, take precautions to avoid accidents and illnesses.
- Avoid wearing inappropriate clothing while cooking.
- Maintain cooking hygiene by using aprons and caps as they help to reduce the rate at which body secretions (like hair) is found in the food.
- Avoid talking over the pots of food while cooking, germs could be transmitted.
- Keep dish towels, pot holders and oven mitts away from the gas, to avoid fire disaster.
- Don’t attempt to catch a knife as it falls, allow it fall to the floor than cut your hand.
- Don’t use jewelries such as rings and ratings in the kitchen.
- Wash knives with warm soapy water after each use.
- Be sure appliances are unplugged before touching sharp edges (blenders, can openers, mixers, etc.).
- Avoid touching wet appliances with bare hands especially when plugged. It may cause shock.
- Be careful about sharp edges: scissors, knives, broken glass, potato peeler, etc.
Basic skills to acquire.
This is a list of key skills put together for every beginner cook in order to gain confidence and build a solid foundation in kitchen techniques. It’s not only about learning to boil water or how to ignite the gas, but about cooking from the basic.
Mastering the knives.
An Aspiring home cook should focus on building a solid foundation in
How to boil an egg.
Timing is the key. Boiling an egg depends on how firm you want it to be, but it’s always best to start with them at room temperature to avoid undercooking. For a soft-boiled egg, bring a pan of water to the boil, gently lower the egg into it with a spoon and cook for three to five minutes. For hard-boiled eggs, start in a pan of cold water and bring up to the boil, then cook for seven-10 minutes – the longer you cook, the harder the egg will be. Put the egg into cold water as soon as it’s done to stop it from overcooking.
How to make an Omelette.
How to cook rice.
Rice is a signature food that deserves to be prepared properly. You don’t need to buy a rice cooker to cook it soft. Boil water and add the watched rice to it, wait till it’s fluffy and dry. Though rice is an essential element of many kinds of cuisine, nailing the cooking technique can take some trial-and-error perseverance . But once you learn this simple method, you’ll be able to create countless recipes moving forward.
How to use seasonings
when cooking, giving the food taste is important. You must understand every type of spice, like the measurements for salt when boiling rice or when grilling the meat. And seasoning stews and soup, it gives courage while cooking.
How to separate an egg.
Lots of baking recipes call for only egg whites or yolks, so how do you separate them out? One of the easiest methods is to crack the egg with the blunt side of a knife, open the shell into two halves, and pass the yolk several times between the halves, letting the white drop down into the bowl underneath before popping the yolk into a separate vessel.
How to knead dough.
If you’ve never tasted a fresh loaf when it’s hot from the oven, you’re missing out. bread dough can be an invaluable recipe to store in the brain as long as you get it right. Mixing flour with water and a gentle pummelling activates gluten, which needs to be developed through kneading to make the dough stretchy and elastic. Prepare a flat, clean surface by sprinkling over a little flour, and take your bowl of risen dough. Using your fists, ‘knock back’ the dough until it forms a smaller ball, then tip this out onto your kneading surface. Using the heel of one hand, push the dough down and forwards, stretching and squashing it. Give the dough a quarter turn and fold it in half, then repeat, kneading and turning in a rhythmic manner for as long as the recipe states.
How to ‘Brown Meat’.
For meat to stay succulent and juicy when it’s cooked in a stew, it needs to be sealed first. Browning meat is a simple technique of briefly pan-frying (Pan-frying is one of the easiest ways to make sure that your steak is cooked to perfection. The cooking time will depend on how well-done you like your meat, how thick the cut is, and what type of steak it is). until the outside is seared to give a richer flavor and keep meat tender before cooking further.
How to make Pancakes.
Pancakes are good for breakfast as the recipe is classic and easy to prepare. It’s popular with just about everyone, learning how to make a simple batter and execute your pancakes to golden brown glory will give a nourishing breakfast.
You need flour, milk and eggs for basic preparation.
How to make a salad dressing.
An easy way to feel like far more of a grown-up in the kitchen is to ditch the bottled store-bought stuff and start crafting your own dressings. This is an easy skill to master and will help you execute infinite salads and vegetable-based dishes with a few small adjustments to your original blend.
How to make Tomato Sauce.
Fresh is best and there’s no need to buy tomato pasta when it’s so easy to make. Our simple pasta recipe will last a week in the fridge, or up to three months in the freezer, ready to be added to soups and stews, or used as a sauce for meat, fish, or pasta.
Other recipes and instructions would be available based on request.
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“Learn to Cook” is an episode under the Reaching 30 series.