I still remember the days when I started to cook. Whenever I started to cook, I feel the pressure inside and my utmost goal used to be “the dish should be at least eatable rather tasty”! I used to drool over all the complex recipes and spend hours watching all those cookery videos and never got the guts to try it out.
Even if I try out a recipe from the internet, I had difficulty in keeping the ingredients in mind and keep checking my laptop to confirm what ingredient to be added next! Oh! Those days are gone now! But, they stay fresh in my memories! So, this post is for all the newbie’s who has just started to cook without knowing what they are doing! (Just like me! :-D) But, newbie’s cooking doesn’t have to be that daunting task if we have few basic things in mind.
Here are the 5 steps that considerably reduce newbie’s cooking!
1. Start Small
It’s always wise to start small no matter what work we do as a fresher. Starting small help us to accomplish more and gives a confident that we can do it and can move further forward without more hesitation or procrastination. You can start by just making a cup of coffee or a simple dish that involves just 2-3 ingredients, Do it with an interest and celebrate once you finish it. Keep doing the same thing again and again. You can see the improvement as the days go by.
Starting with very simple recipes that can be completed in lesser time will help you to try more than one dish a day. Soon you will get an idea of what you are doing other than confusing over complex recipes. One simple step a day helps you to try out more recipes in the days to come without breaking your head.
2. Learn The Magic Of A SHARP Knife!
Yes, sharp knives can do wonders. In my initial days of cooking, I hate the cutting veggies! Oh, how much I hate that cutting part! Some days it is enough to make me depressed. (Okay, I was that much dumb that time! :-D) It was also time consuming! One day, my friend suggested buying a new knife (Darn! Why didn’t I get the idea by myself!!!) And that’s where my life totally changed! I felt easier to cut vegetables, especially hard ones like carrots, potatoes. I started to enjoy cutting. It was no longer a time consuming and depressing task for me.
Also, knives need to be sharpened periodically else we will end up in spending more time on that. We can sharpen our knives at home. Check wiki how <http://www.wikihow.com/Sharpen-a-Knife> and know about sharpening your knives at home and enjoy stress-free cutting!
3. The Beauty Of Cooking In LOW Flame
When I started to cook, I used to cook in high flame in order to finish cooking the dishes in no time. But, I used to end up in burning the dishes and spoil the taste. Sometimes, I have totally spoiled the dish when I tried to cook more than one dish simultaneously.
Later I started to cook in low flame and lids on. It was just fabulous! As I always use lids to close the vessels while cooking, meals get cooked in no time. In addition to that, there was no burning as I was cooking on low flame. In addition, lots of gasoline will get saved if we cook in low flame and lid closed.
We can certainly finish up cooking faster by keeping it in a low flame with lids on than cooking in high flame. Cooking on high flame needs lots of attention, where it is minimal when it comes to low flame. I used to put one dish for cooking on low flame and simultaneously do some other works like washing the dishes or running one load of laundry in the gap. The best part is, we are not standing next to the stove all the time waiting for the meal to get cooked!
4. Keep Recipes Handy
Oh boy! I have wasted so much time by not having the recipes handy in my earlier days of cooking. I search for a mouth smacking recipe and bookmark it. Next day, I will keep it open on my laptop and start doing it. I keep checking the method/ingredients whenever I get a question. It used to take up a lot of time and eventually made me stop trying out new dishes.
In order to avoid that burnout, you can start with simple recipes with fewer ingredients and I would suggest keeping it handy. It will help a lot not to get distracted and concentrate on what you are doing. Also, getting an idea about the recipe by reading the steps once or twice before trying it will save loads of time and energy and help you to understand the recipe and know what you are doing other than just following the recipe.
I keep the best for the last. Planning is the main thing in almost all parts of our life, especially in cooking. It saves a lot of time in cooking. Planning the night before helps you not to panic in the neck of the moment. It helps you to make preparations the previous night. For example, soaking beans the day before helps to cook them in no time, checking the availability of ingredients helps you to change the menu if needed. Planning the previous night helps you to save a bunch of time in the morning and helps you to cook relaxed.
I hope the newbies would have got some idea through this. So, what are your tips for newbies?