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10 Simple Tips For Becoming A Great Cook

Looking to become the master chef of your household? Even if you’re a novice, you’ll be cooking gourmet meals in no time if you follow these 10 tips:

1. Start with the right attitude

What is motivating you to improve your cooking skills? What are your short- and long-term goals? Cooking delicious meals that everybody will enjoy takes some work. But if you set goals and approach it with a positive attitude, the task becomes a whole lot easier.

2. Take baby steps

You aren’t going to run a marathon on your first day of jogging, right? Likewise, you shouldn’t expect to create a masterful cake on your first attempt at baking. Start by performing basic cooking techniques. Learn how to bake simple pastries before working your way up to more complex items. The same goes with cooking fish or chicken dishes. Begin with a simple stir fry containing diced chicken, broccoli, and onions with a bit of oil and soy sauce before working your way up to more complex recipes that involve more ingredients.

3. Fresh is best

If you want your meals to taste the best, opt for fresh — never frozen —meats and vegetables. No matter how fresh your herbs and spices are, if the “star” of your meal is a sirloin that has a case of freezer burn, you’ll be disappointed with the outcome. Freshly steamed broccoli is infinitely more flavorful than frozen stuff. If you live in a landlocked place where fresh fish is simply impossible, buying thawed-out salmon or tilapia is perfectly fine. But make sure to cook it within a day or two of buying it.

4. Understand the properties of each ingredient

Knowing when to add the various ingredients makes all the difference. For instance, given that mushrooms absorb the flavors of the other ingredients, you wouldn’t want it to be the first thing you put in the pan. Rather, you would want to cook the meat, onions, and other spices before adding the mushrooms. Furthermore, since it takes longer to cook potatoes than, say, spinach, you would start by cooking the first before adding the latter, otherwise you end up with the problem of overcooking the spinach but undercooking the potatoes!