Cooking and baking are intimidating for many. Entering the kitchen to prepare even a seemingly simple meal may fill them with anxiety and cause them to panic or make a ton of bad moves. This especially applies and happens to those who are newbies when it comes to preparing meals or experimenting with different kinds of dishes/cuisine.
Does this sound like you? If so, take a deep breath and don’t be too harsh on yourself. The truth is that cooking and baking are both skills you can learn. Keep on reading and discover some helpful tips and tricks that you can apply!
Top 7 Ways You Can Learn To Cook
1. Ask for Help
If you desire to join the restaurant industry as a skilled cook and baker, learn from those you know who are excellent cooks. Ask an amateur chef to let you observe them in the kitchen or to teach you by letting you help them prepare a meal.
Learning from someone you know may reduce the nerves associated with cooking. A familiar person and a familiar environment may put you at ease and help you feel comfortable making the mistakes necessary to learn how to cook well. Ask all the questions and only proceed once they’ve been answered.
2. Take a Class
If you do not know a great home cook–or are too embarrassed to ask–sign up for a cooking class, or several. Cooking classes are a fun way to learn to cook alongside other novices and from an instructor who does not expect you to know anything.
Cooking classes are also beneficial because they focus on preparing either one dish or one meal, so the parameters are set for you and, as long as you sign up for a beginner course, the meals are meant to ease you into cooking in order to help you learn and gain confidence in the kitchen. These classes are also super fun, engaging, and diverse – perfect for mastering different foods.
3. Watch Tutorials
Perhaps cooking classes are not regularly available in your area. The internet is to the rescue! The internet is filled with cooking websites like the Kitchen Community with video tutorials. There are many perks to watching videos online to learn to cook.
Pause and rewind are two of the greatest buttons that you can use. The ability to go at your own pace and to go back and re-watch a step that may have taken you longer to complete takes the pressure off of you to get things right and to do so quickly. There are likely even video tutorials specifically for beginner cooks and bakers, so scour the internet and make your own cooking course.
4. Watch Shows
One way to take away some of the trepidation that may be associated with cooking and baking is to watch cooking shows. Seeing other people enjoying food and preparing meals, especially other amateurs, may help you enjoy the idea of being in the kitchen more.
There are so many different types of cooking shows that there are bound to be one or two, if not more, that you will enjoy watching and that can help you find the inspiration to get into the kitchen. This can also be a fun family activity, inspiring others around you and helping them make good food decisions from the get-go.
5. Go Cook
Learning requires doing, so get in your kitchen and practice. It is okay to get it wrong, but you will never get it right if you do not try. As you know, practice makes everything perfect! Cooking and baking are skills acquired through doing and staying out of your kitchen until you learn to cook just does not work. So go cook! Not only that you will have fun, but you will notice that it brings you joy and relaxes your mind.
If you can eat, you can learn to cook; it is just a matter of overcoming any fear or perfectionist tendencies that may keep you from getting in the kitchen and trying. Food is something to enjoy, so go enjoy the learning process.
6. Aim for a routine
Like anything, learning to cook well requires practice. This is why you need to experiment with your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack options. If you aim for diverse foods and cook at the same hour during the day you will easily fall into this routine. If you really want to become a good cook, you have to commit to doing it regularly.
You should have a positive mindset, while also shopping for fresh food and goods each day. Play your favorite podcast or turn on the music to have fun. As time goes on you will see that cooking brings you joy, while previously it may have been a hassle.
7. High-quality tools
Regardless of what you plan on cooking, you will need to have high-quality and durable pans. Purchasing pans from a reliable brand will prevent you from finding pieces of coating from cheap pans in your food. Not only that but getting high-quality pots, Tupperware, and kitchen knives will also speed up the process and make it more enjoyable.
Aim for pans with a ceramic coating since they provide a dependable non-stick surface and are less susceptible to chips and scratches than other kinds of pans. You might enjoy the shopping process as much as the cooking. Who wouldn’t want to build their dream kitchen?
Ready to create delicious mind-blowing dishes?
If you want to cook and master some new skills and dishes make sure that you apply all of these tips and tricks! Men and women despite their age can have fun in the kitchen and will easily master some (if not all) meals! Practice makes everything perfect, and with the right help, cookbook, or tutorial you will easily perfect your skills! Give it time and enjoy delicious meals on your own or with your friends and family. It is an investment worth a lifetime!