We’re all at the point in this pandemic when we have just about run out of every possible thing we can do at home. Long gone are the days of puzzles, we’ve had to get creative. And chances are, that means you’ve probably already started to experiment in the kitchen. There’s no better time than now to improve your cooking game, especially when cooking seems to be the only way to beat boredom. Long gone are the days of microwavable meals, we’re all itching to be professional chefs nowadays. And improving your cooking game doesn’t have to be expensive, you just have to follow these simple tips:
Grow your own produce
Growing your own produce will not only save you money in the long run, it’s a great hobby to take on. There’s just something about using vegetables that you put time and effort into growing that makes them taste so much better. You don’t have to have an extravagant garden with tons of produce, just a couple plants and a few simple gardening tools will do the job.
Invest in appliances
The right cooking appliances and tools will completely transform your cooking game. You can’t become Gordon Ramsey if all you have is spatula and some forks. If you’re looking to improve how you cook, a food mill is the perfect place to start. A food mill will easily turn chunky foods into smooth and creamy purées. What’s not to love?
Experiment with eggs
Knowing how to cook eggs in a variety of ways is a skill that will prove to be handy in life, trust me. There’s tons of different ways to cook eggs: scrambled, fried, sunny side up, poached- just to name a few. Make it a task to cook your eggs differently each morning for a week and see how much you learn. There’s nothing better than impressing your friends with a perfectly poached egg.
When you’re first learning how to cook, recipes will be your best friend. You never know how much you’re going to learn just by following a simple recipe. There are endless cookbooks out there, for every diet imaginable, you just need to find one that works for you.
Sharpen your knives
A good, sharp knife is essential for every kitchen. Especially if you cook regularly and want to improve how and what you cook. You don’t notice how ineffective a dull knife is until you use a freshly sharpened one, and that’s why it’s crucial to get a good knife sharpener.
Keep your space clean
A messy kitchen equals a messy mind. You can’t successfully improve your cooking game if you’re constantly cooking in a messy kitchen. All you need is a few simple products: a sponge, a dish towel, and some good quality dish soap to easily clean all your cooking mishaps.
Combine textures and flavors
The best dishes are the one that have a variety of flavors and textures. You want to make something that is both creamy and crunchy. You want to make something that is both tangy and savory. To improve your cooking game, you need to ensure that your dishes aren’t one dimension- it should be a flavor bomb in every bite.
How you present your food to others is key. Sure, when you’re cooking for just yourself you don’t have to go above and beyond to make your dish look perfect- but it doesn’t hurt. Practice how you present your food, and that means adding garnishments and sauces and making sure the plate looks clean.
With these simple tips, you’ll find yourself a Michelin star chef in no time. There’s truly no better time than now to perfect our cooking skills and impress our family and friends with what we learned during our time spent at home. So get to it- you’ve got some cooking to do!