Cooking may not be your forte or you may be at the beginning of this journey. Anyway, someday you’ll need to take a chance and maybe even understand that it can also be nice to have that little time in the kitchen. To help you get started, we’ve separated some errors common that normally happen at the beginning. We hope to make your moment in the kitchen pleasant, efficient and practical.
Don’t read the full recipe
It may be that you don’t want to follow a recipe and that’s fine. However, our tip for those who are starting is to take a look at the step by step of some recipe to have basic notions of time, seasoning and order of the preparations. The biggest problem with not reading a recipe is to discover, in the middle of the preparation, that you don’t have a certain ingredient or utensil.
The tip is: read the entire recipe, understand how it should be done, research about something you didn’t understand and only then organize the ingredients to start.
Use the wrong pans
There are some factors that justify the use of pan right to cook. The first concerns the amountafter all, overcrowding a pan is not the best option. In addition to being more difficult to stir, it can overflow and does not always cook properly.
The second factor is linked to type in food. To prepare a sugar syrup, for example, a low pan is needed to better evaporate the water. When cooking pasta, a very tall pan helps to add more water and prevent the pasta from sticking together. And finally, of course, frying pans, pressure cooker for more difficult foods and so on.
Using the wrong knives
Sometimes we think that we are not able to cut some foods, but, most of the time, the problem is with the knives. You can study and become a knife expert, however following 3 main tips is enough: (1) knives big ones for large foods, meats and herbs; (2) knives small for precise cuts, cutting garlic or boning poultry, for example; and (3) knives serrated for breads and tomatoes or similar foods.
Do not over season or over season
Before everything, food without seasoning it’s usually boring, right? So, let’s add seasoning to brighten this cuisine. But, let’s go to the tips: (1) Place While it is preparing thus, the food gets better flavor and helps to incorporate it. When browning the onion, add the spices, for example. (2) No place much seasoning and be careful with the strongest ones: peppers, for example. If possible, try it out throughout the process. (3) Always place with the help of a Spoon small or the handsthus, there is no risk of everything falling into the pan.
Do not taste while cooking
I already mentioned in the previous topic, but it is worth mentioning! You may have seen superchefs proving one a little While kitchen and it’s not by chance: it works. Nothing better than your own taste to know if it is good. This way you can set the salt, pepper or other spices or know if it is in the right spot. For pasta this is practically essential 😉
Don’t organize the ingredients + messy kitchen
The first mistake, of not organize the ingredients, you may have to go out to buy an ingredient in the middle of the recipe or even miss the point or burn a preparation while looking for something or trying to open a package. Do a good mise en place it is essential for both beginners and renowned chefs. It may seem boring to cut all the vegetables and split the seasonings in portions, but the effort is well worth it!
The second mistake in this topic is leaving the kitchen messy. Of course, this varies a lot according to your personality, but one thing is a fact: if everything is disorganized, the chance of you getting in trouble is much greater 🙂
Throw some things away
When we start cooking it is normal that no let us know much good what to do with food. So we use what we know and throw the rest away. Examples of broccoli stalks, peels and vegetable scraps are examples.
However, this is wrong. Not only because you are wasting food, but because these “leftovers” can yield countless other preparations. With broccoli stalks and other vegetables you can make soup, for example. Vegetable peels can be very useful when preparing a homemade vegetable broth for a risotto 😉 It is recommended to always research before throwing it away. We have Goggle there for that, don’t we? Just play in the search “what to do with such leftover food”That is success!
Bonus: don’t put a song on
Cooking can be fun and enjoyable, then, try to make this moment a ritual. For that, put on a nice little song that will help you relax and concentrate. But, you don’t get too excited about forgetting the food on the fire, see?
So, ready to rock the kitchen? If you want to know even more, this link here has tips for cooking at home and a planner weekly menu to download.