Every woman wants to be a good cook, perfect the act of preparing delicious delicacies at the same time earning the compliments of others. Unfortunately, not every woman knows how to but not to worry, we can remedy this.
If you have been searching for ways to be better at cooking, keep reading.
Below are some tips to help you:
1. Yearn to learn
Constantly increasing your knowledge of cooking is important because you already know the basics of cooking and you are interested in improving your skills. Search for 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. With Nigerian food recipes and any other world recipe, there are often many ways to cook a meal and achieve the same results. So there’s always something new to learn.
2. Timing is very important
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 making your food taste better.
3. Prepping and organization is key
Some things need to be done before you even light up the stove for example; you can take your time and cut up every vegetable that needs to be chopped, place them in separate bowls, and set aside. This is so that once it is time to add these to your meal, it will be a matter of putting them into the pot rather than hurriedly washing and cutting them up just before you add them.
4. Pay 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 medium heat will cause it to become too soft and soggy.
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 or green pepper better than when you do it without one. It may be worth investing in that expensive blender because it gives you the best tomato puree etc.
6. Always have a plan
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.
7. Be adventurous in the kitchen
Feel free to throw a few vegetables into the frying pan to make your very own sauce no one has made before. 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.
8. Keep practising
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. Let’s say you cook Jollof Rice every weekend, you will be perfecting on the different stages of the cooking such as parboiling the rice more than if you cook it only once every 2 months.
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