Cooking Tips Every Beginner Should Know
Although cooking a meal from scratch sometimes feels like second nature and to some people it seems to be a natural gift, there are plenty of us who just don’t have experience or skills when it comes to food. If you’re inexperienced in the kitchen and you’re prone to mishaps and kitchen disasters, don’t give up on your culinary skills just yet.
Here are 5 simple cooking tips that will have you on your feet in the kitchen in no time:
1. Don't Overcrowd the pan
It may seem like there is plenty of space in your pan to cook that last portion, but once you get your pan up to the best temperature for frying, adding cold produce will lower the overall heat in the pan. This means that heat will not be evenly distributed to your food which will prevent it from cooking evenly.
2. Toasting spices makes them better
If you are making a mild and spicy curry and you want to get the best flavour out of your medium curry powder try gently toasting your curry powder in a pan on a low heat for a about 2-3 minutes. This will extract the most flavour from your spices and give your food a more robust taste.
3. Add salt to boiling pasta water
This will provide the basis for a delicious pasta dish and will give your pasta dish a flavourful start.
4. Get your sauce perfect
To thicken your sauce to the perfect consistency mix 1-2 teaspoons of corn flour in a cup with some boiling water to form a paste. Mix this in with your sauce or gravy and cook on a low heat until it thickens up.
5. Seasoning is king.
Always make sure to add salt and pepper to your cooking but be cautious of over salting. When adding salt, use other seasonings sparingly as they can contain added salt. Proper seasoning can take a dish from tasteless to delicious. Remember to keep tasting your food to get the right amount of seasoning. Seasoning can transform a bland mince and veg into a delicious family favourite.
So, if cooking is something you are still mastering, these tips will help to improve your culinary skills. In the end, practice makes perfect.