Getting comfortable with cooking can be a bit intimidating, especially for those who have never really cooked before. While many might believe that learning how to cook is a pretty difficult thing to undertake, it really is not that hard. Here are some ideas on how to get comfortable in the kitchen.
The first step is to start with what you already know how to do. Even if you were only making ramen, spaghetti, and grilled cheese sandwiches, that’s still a starting point. You can expand on what you know by doing a variation on what you have cooked before.
For example, if you’ve made spaghetti, experiment by simply using different sauces with spices that you may not have considered. The different flavors can give a bit more variety and at least make you feel as if your skills are expanding. Even if you have to resort to using some pre-packaged elements in your next cooking endeavor, you’re making slow but sure progress.
The next thing to remember is that recipes serve as a guideline and blindly following them won’t necessarily help you. Recipes are not written in stone and even the most successful cooks and chefs will change one element or another. You don’t have to follow what is online or on your favorite cooking show by putting together an entire meal. The main objective is to make whatever you are preparing taste good. Using different elements with meals you already cook can be a great start.
Third, you don’t have to have a perfectly outfitted kitchen in order to “get it right.” Gather the basic tools over time. Measuring cups, measuring spoons, a basic set of pots and pans, and a few dishes can go a long way. Many of the spices listed on a recipe can be found in very small quantities at your grocer for a very minimal price. You don’t have to have all of the spices, oils and ingredients, even though it may feel as if you should. Some spice blends serve very well and are more versatile and less costly than getting each one individually. Later, when you know what is in these blends, you can even make your own and save money as well as feeling more accomplished in the kitchen.
The same goes for those tools and appliances that you may think that you need in order to become a better cook. Compare prices and applications to make sure that any kitchen tools you DO purchase fill a specific need. While using items such as a crock pot, food processor, or slow cooker can make you feel as though you are “cheating”, the most important thing that cooking centers around is to make tasty, healthy food for yourself. Learn to trust yourself by using all of your senses in order to give you a real sense of accomplishment in the kitchen.