Cooking may seem easy when you look at it but the
truth is it involves a lot of hard work. When you are
cooking food, you are not only putting them inside the
pan and stirring them, you are also cutting the food,
curing the meat and peeling them. The preparation in
fact is 50 percent of the whole procedure.
Preparing and cooking the food will take a while to
master especially when you don’t have much experience
doing it. But you don’t have to take the hard road and
learn the lesson the hard way. By heeding these small
pieces of advice, you can be cooking and preparing
your food the right way and in the easiest possible
1. Master the measurements
Measuring tools are actually your best friends next to
recipes. They are the ones that will help you achieve
the taste that you are looking for. If you use them
well, you will be having great tasting food every
time. You see, a lot depend on the measurements that
you do. Too little salt will make the food bland while
too much of it will make the flavor too salty. Too
much flour will make the food taste like flour.
The balance that you achieve with your ingredients
will help you a lot in coming up with a dish that your
family will be able to eat. That is why it is
important to invest in good measuring tools like a set
of measuring cups and spoons. This is the standard
measurements that recipes use and you need these tools
to help you put the right amount of ingredients into
the dish that you are cooking. You can use ordinary
tablespoons and coffee cups but the measurement will
not be the same. Remember that the taste of you dish
will depend on the precision of your measurements.
2. Follow the time After you have measured the
ingredients well, make sure that you are following the
instructions in the recipe to the letter. Pay close
attention to the time that is often indicated in the
recipes. If it says 15 minutes, then let it simmer for
15 minutes. No more, no less. You cannot just stop the
procedure just because you feel like it. The time is
there for a reason and unless you are a sous chef, you
cannot just change it at your will.
To ensure that you are following the procedures to the
letter especially with the time, put a timer near you.
Use the ones that you can set to alarm after a number
of minutes. That way, you will be reminded of the
time. If you do not have a timer, then a clock is a
good alternative. If it alarms, better. If not, then
you should just rely on your memory.
3. Use the right ingredients Never ever substitute one
ingredient from another. This will only complicate the
process and also the taste. Although the ingredients
may seem the same, the end result may not be as each
gives different texture and taste. For instance,
substituting one part of a beef, for instance a
sirloin to a shank, to another is not a good idea.
They may be both beef but sirloins are a lot leaner as
compared to the shank which may have fats in between
the meat. The oil from these fats may interfere with
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