There are benefits to becoming something of a pro in the kitchen. Not only does it mean you’ll always ‘wow’ your guests at dinner parties, but it can also be useful when it comes to following a healthy lifestyle. Being creative in the kitchen is also great for parents of fussy-eaters, who may need to find inventive ways to sneak vegetables into dishes.
Despite this, 28% of adults feel as though they cannot cook, even simple dishes. If you fall into this category - don’t worry. There are actually plenty of simple steps you can take to help you become a top chef in no time (without having to sign up for culinary school).
Find the fun in cooking.
The first step on your journey to becoming more masterful in the kitchen is by focusing on having fun. After all, when we enjoy doing something, we’re more likely to want to dedicate our time to get better at it. There are, thankfully, plenty of ways to make cooking more fun. For example, you could cook with the whole family or focus on recreating your favourite recipes.
Invest in the tools.
Having the right tools at your disposal can help you in any aspect of your life, especially in the kitchen. For example, a slow cooker can save you a great deal of time and energy, as you don’t have to spend hours over the stove as the meal can cook gradually throughout the day. Whatsmore, there are hundreds of delicious recipes you can try out once you’ve invested in this equipment, such as a mouthwatering slow cooker turkey chili.
You don’t need to go to culinary school to be a competent home cook, especially if you’re only cooking for yourself and your family. However, you can improve your skills by watching cooking tutorials online. They’re slightly more interactive than traditional recipes, as you can watch what the chef is doing in real-time, making it easier to emulate their dishes. For example, you’ll be able to see the specific way in which they season dishes or slice vegetables and more.
Part of being a good cook is being creative in the kitchen. For example, the more time you spend trying out recipes, the more confident you will feel in going off the book or in making up recipes of your own. Don’t be afraid to be creative and take risks when cooking, as you may be able to find a dish that you genuinely love by accident.
Remember that practice makes perfect.
As with any skill, it will take a little practice for you to develop your cooking abilities. As a result, you must not be too harsh on yourself and acknowledge how far you have come. For example, so long as the food tastes good, it does not matter how it looks, as you can always work on upping your presentation game further down the line. If you make a mistake or don’t like a specific dish, don’t beat yourself up about it - you can always try again!