5 Ways How to Be a Better Chef In Your Own Kitchen
1. Follow the Chef’s Steps
become a chef? There are countless chef courses and cooking tips out
there. Here is a short list of every good chef tips for you to follow:
- Learn the basics in the preparation of different foods and the
various cooking styles. Not being able to tell the difference between
baking and boiling is not a good start. Spend some time to become more
familiar with the most common appliance and cookware. Here is a hint for
you - start with the ovens. There is no secret that the most loved
dishes are baked pastry and roasted meat and vegetables. Of course, there are always ways you can skip the daunting oven cooking, but, in order to become a good cook, you need to light up your stove more often than not.
- Keep your kitchen spotless and organised. Experts recommend to deep
clean your entire kitchen at least twice a year. During the cooking
process the vapour and smells of the cooked food stick to the oven. With
time, the layer of grease becomes thicker and easy to spot. When the
cooking starts the residue grime relieves bad smell. When there is a
great amount of filth inside the oven, the toxins in the residue could
become harmful to anyone who eats the meal. Regular oven cleaning
removes all danger to the health. Most people are not sure which are
the correct detergents or just don't have the time to maintain their
oven by themselves. In case you are one of them, then leave everything
to the professional oven cleaning technicians in your area.
- Invest in the best possible cooker and fridge you can afford.
High-quality fridge will preserve your food for longer. A good new stove is easy to maintain and the oven has less energy consumption.
- A good chef never stops learning. With food there is always something new, so don't stop studying.
- Get tips from anyone at any time. You never know what will bring the next fresh idea so keep your eyes and ears open.
- Your knives must be sharp. It is much easier to cut yourself with a dull knife while struggling to cut the product.
- Learn how to chop products fast. Invest time to reach perfection and you will be repaid later by preparing the food faster.
- Experiment and try new things. If you hear of a new product, taste or cuisine you’ve never cooked then don’t hesitate to try it.
- Choose your own style and favourite dishes. Once you get the cooking
method right you can change the receipt until it fits your taste.
- Avoid the kitchen drama. Don’t get overwhelmed if your food gets
ruined sometimes. This can happen to anyone. Take a note to yourself and
avoid making the same mistake again.
- Make a list of effortless and simple dishes and sides. Easy cooking can save you when you need to make something in a hurry.
- Always taste the food while you cook. This is the only way to
determine if there is something wrong or if the mixture needs some extra
spices. Still, it is not recommended to eat raw meat.
2. Choose the Recipe
may get the idea from a friend, a TV show or even your childhood
memories. Regardless of the way you got inspired, there is one thing
that you must do - find the recipe. For those of you that are not so
familiar with cooking, this might be a bit difficult. Here are some
useful advice on choosing the correct recipe:
- Are all ingredients listed down to the most simple ones like water, salt and sugar?
- Does the recipe contain the measurements of all ingredients?
- Is there a list of all necessary equipment to prepare the food - pans, spoons, etc.?
- Does the recipe contain the cooking technique and methods, oven temperature and required time?
- Are there pictures of the cooking process or the finished result? Images are of a great help when assessing the progress.
3. What You Should Know When Buying the Ingredients
- It is best to keep your pantry well stocked. In case, you have to go
shopping remember to buy smart. Don’t spend money on ingredients you
will use only once.
- Avoid buying store bought frozen fruits and vegetables. Visit the farmers' market as often as you can.
- When buying meat and fish always check how fresh they are.
- Keep in mind that in rare occasions the food may be spoiled even if
the due date is not expired. Keep your receipts and don't hesitate to
return to the store.
- Use fresh herbs and spices as often as possible. Grow them yourself
and you will always have something green at home for the delight of the
eyes and a fresh ingredient for your food.
4. Stay Organized
Before you start you have to clear away your workspace. This is the
moment to wash the pile of dirty dishes in the sink. Also, find time
for some serious oven valeting and maintenance of all appliance.
- Make sure you have the right cooking equipment. For example, if you
intend to make a cake, you must have a mixer, or at least, a blender.
You can always mix the ingredients the old-fashioned way with a whisk.
This way you will make a dinner and skip the gym work out.
- Pre-cut the products. No doubt you have seen TV shows where chef
advice to cut the products in advance. That way you won't get distracted
or waste time when the cooking starts. This is the moment when you can
try to learn how to chop fast. Be careful. Your safety is more important
than speed or perfect slices.
- Make it easy. Prepare the products in cups or bowls and keep to the
quantity in the recipe. Align all ingredients on the kitchen counter by
the order they will be used. The ones you will use first must be closer
5. Tips on the Cooking Process
stress and have some happy time with your family or friends.
- Keep the recipe close to you while preparing the food. Stick to the
listed quantities of the product. Even experienced chefs think twice
before changing the proportions of the dish.
- Remember that every single dish contains water, salt and sugar.
- Always preheat the oven before you bake anything. The same rule applies to frying in a pan unless the recipe says otherwise.
- Stick to the rules when combining ingredients together.
- Stay positive if this is your first try in making this dish or your
first time ever in the kitchen. Accept that the result may not be as
good as you hoped it will be. Remember that there is always next time
and then the result will be much better. Persistence and patience are
the path to become a better chef.