If you think cooking involves opening the refrigerator
and putting the frozen diner inside the microwave, you
are wrong. It involves far more than you think and if
you want to improve your cooking, you will take this
It requires a lot of preparation, testing,
cutting and tasting. And in some cases, even the
washing after you are done with making the perfect
In short, cooking is not easy. Ask any chef or you
mom; or better yet why not try yourself? You will soon
find out that making a dish is not some simple task
that involves a swish of the magic wand.
It is hard
work that involves precision, readiness and timing,
If you want to improve your cooking skills and produce
dishes that your family will marvel at, here are some
of the skills that you need to develop.
Measuring in precise terms Although professional chefs
no longer rely on measuring tools like cups and
spoons, remember that you are far from being a
In fact, you are just learning and until
you master cooking, you need these tools to stay in
the game an produce at least a passable dish that you
family can stomach to eat!
Measuring cups and spoons are there to help you
determine just how much ingredients you need to put.
How much salt or how much sugar. In cooking, measuring
is everything, not unless you want your dish to taste
Timing A lot of timing is involved in cooking. For the
professionals, timing is more of an instinct or
expertise. They know upon seeing the meat if boiling
should already be stopped or if the vegetables should
be pulled out of the pan before it becomes overcooked.
But for those who are just learning the ropes, timing
is the number of minutes that is indicated in the
recipe. That is why a watch is one of the essentials
that you need to have if you are cooking. In fact,
some even put an alarm so that they will be reminded
that it is already time. Food can be really delicate.
A minute more than what should be can be disastrous to
Taste Some have it, some don’t but the good news is
for those who do not have the developed palate that
chefs have, the art of tasting a dish can be learned.
Taste is very important especially in determining if
you should add a little bit more of flavor to the
dish. Should you add salt to make it tastier or should
you add water to lessen the saltiness. A lot of
decisions are involved in cooking and you need a good
palate to determine just what will be a hit to the
people who will be eating what you prepared.
Picky attitude The foundation of a good dish is not
just the talent of the person who cooks it but also
the quality of the ingredients that were used to
prepare it. This means that no matter how good the
chef is, he cannot make stale ingredients taste
Old fish will still taste like old fish no matter how
many flavorings you add into it. That is why it is
important to also develop the skill of looking for
fresh ingredients. Ask around and let people in the
marketplace teach you how to spot the fresh veggie. If
you really want to improve your cooking, lowering your
pride will not be so difficult.
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