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Top 10 Tips To Become a Better Cook

Yeah, I know. You are probably wondering why this instead of the normal recipe. Well, someone once mentioned that if I can share recipes people can always try out, why not also give tips to help those who are still struggling. Honestly, it made me think of myself back then when I sucked at kitchen duties. I would have loved to have something give some helpful advice. So, here I am, doing what I would have paid to get before.

Sure, everyone wants to become better in any skill they have. Cooking is no exception. Even if you think you are hopeless in the kitchen; like everything else, practice and increasing your knowledge makes you perfect. Just relax and pretend that you are playing with the ingredients and you will realize that cooking is not such a daunting task. 



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I can’t promise it would work 100% for you like it do for me, but, they are called tips for a reason and would sure come in handy. Here my top 10 tips to becoming a better cook gotten from experience:



1.       Add to what you know:

Constantly increasing your knowledge of cooking is important. I guess it’s safe to say you already know the basics of cooking and you are interested in improving your skills. So, I’ll recommend you always search for new recipes on the web and in cookery books, read them through even if it is a recipe for a meal you think you have perfected. There are often many ways to cook a meal and achieve the same results. So there's always something new to learn. When you eat a familiar meal and you notice an improvement in the taste, it is good to ask the cook what he/she did to achieve that. Ask questions, join groups/forums or pages where people share cooking experience and you’ll be surprised at what you find there. I'll recommend you check out the articles and recipes constantly updated on Village-Bakery and get yourself equipped with lots of cooking tips and techniques.



2.       Timing:

This is one of the top tips of how to become a better cook because you may know all the ingredients you need, spend a lot of money on premium ingredients but get the timing wrong and all the money and time spent goes to nothing. Knowing the right time to add certain ingredients goes a long way to make your food taste better. Plus the length of time to allow it on the fire before taking it down is important to avoid overcooking some ingredients like vegetables or even fish.



3.       Be Organized:

Some things need to be done before you even light up the fire. For instance; you may need to take your time to wash and cut all vegetables or meats and place them in separate bowls. This is so that once it is time to add these, it will be a matter of putting them into the pot rather than hurriedly washing and cutting them up just before you add them. 



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Try keeping everything you need within reach to avoid panicking when you can’t find an ingredient and it’s time to add it.



4.       Attention to detail:

Watch out for how your cooking can benefit from low, medium or high heat. Sometimes, you need high heat to get that white rice to dry quicker as low heat will cause it to become soggy. Or a medium heat to boil your fish to avoid breaking it to pieces.



5.       Have the basic tools you need:

Something as basic as a chopping board is essential in the kitchen. It will help you cut the carrots, vegetables or meat better as opposed to doing these without it. Don’t forget the blender because it gives you the best tomato puree and the grater can save you some stress and time. Need more help choosing not only the best, but the most suitable and safe products for your cooking needs? You might want to visit Village-Bakery to check out popular and leading cooking products from hundreds of manufacturers. 



6.       Plan Ahead:

It is a good idea to plan what you want to cook well ahead of time. This is so that you can be sure to buy all the necessary ingredients for preparing the recipe. Also, know how to prepare it to avoid waste. If it’s a new recipe you want to try, start with small ingredients and experiment till you are sure of yourself. Be sure to read and understand the ingredients needed and procedure to prepare so you don’t have to keep going back to it.



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7.       Choose your time carefully:

It is best to cook when you are sure you will have minimal distraction. Do not plan to cook when your favourite TV programme is on air or on a day you brought some work home. The less you are distracted from your cooking, the better attention you will pay to the preparation of the meal. This way, there will be no burnt/overcooked/undercooked meals later!



8.       Give yourself plenty of time:

Always give yourself plenty of time to cook your chosen recipe. With practice, you can estimate the time it will take to cook before it is time to eat. This way, you will not need to rush through your cooking. Also, if you invited friends over for a meal, you do not want to be dashing to and from the kitchen when you should be talking with your visitors.



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9.       Be adventurous in the kitchen:

Feel free to throw a few vegetables in the frying pan to make your very own gravy. You can start by using your favourite vegetables, then eliminate and substitute later if you feel that some of them do not fit in the mix due to their taste or texture. Soon, you will be wowing your friends and family with a recipe that started as a concoction! Remember, it is your kitchen so play with the ingredients as much as you want.



10.     Keep practicing:

Practice, they say, makes perfect. The more often you cook, the more you learn new and better ways of the art of cooking. The frequency of cooking also boosts your confidence in the kitchen and makes you less scared to try out new recipes.



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Well, that’s all. I just hope that these are helpful and help you in your quest to become a better cook and make amazing dishes made with precision and love.

What do you think?

6 comments:

  1. Wow.. You've really been away for a long time. It's great to have you back dear.

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  2. Your illustrations are very good and I appreciate that. Though I'm good cook already, hehehe, I still try reading stuff and improve.

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  3. or get on with the more important things you need to do. You won't have to remember to go to the supermarket or garage on hot days when you fancy a BBQ combination gas and charcoal grill

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  4. I really like your blog. Great article. It's most evident, people should learn before they are able to have a peek at this website

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