Do you believe in the famous saying that “If you know how to appreciate food, you know how to cook”. Well for me I do. I don’t literally cook but I do when I wanted to. Firstly I learned how to eat food then the next thing I know, I’m already cooking.
Cooking is more than just preparing food to eat. It is something more that you can learn and love as you live. Learning how to cook not only is budget wise but also makes a healthy and practical way of living.
Here are the top 5 things to know when starting your culinary adventure.
Stainless Steel VS Ceramic
Knowing the right cooking tools helps cooking the food better. Using a Stainless Steel is mostly use for fast and high temperature cooking. Usually use for foods that can easily be cooked and mostly by food service businesses. Its made of hard steel and safe to use, as long as the coating doesn’t come off. If it does, its time to buy a new one, just take note… this kind of cooking ware is expensive.
While Ceramic is mostly use for longer and low temperature cooking. This is best for homemade stocks. It is also safe to use and very easy to clean since its has a non-stick based but cannot take high temperature and not good to cook with induction cooker.
Do not use glass for cooking utensils. As it release toxins that can be harmful for the body. Use wooden spoons, ceramic or any stainless steel instead.
Frozen VS Fresh Meat
Prefer fresh meat. Why? You will know whether the meat is not a double-dead meat. Unlike if its frozen, its hard to know since it was refrigerated. The characteristic of meat is not that noticeable compared to fresh.
Unless you have no choice but to buy a frozen meat since you don’t want to go to wet markets or prefer a cleaner place to buy meat or just maybe there is no place near you that you can buy them as fresh.
Choosing the Right Produce
Have you ever wonder what the difference of good and bad produce? One thing to look for is their appearance. They should have a healthy and vibrant glow color. And if they have a distinctive smell, smell them so you know they are ripe or not.
Also take note of the part of the produce where they were plucked. If it’s dry that means it has been plucked for days or weeks. Meaning its not fresh anymore.
Research… Research, Apply
Cooking is an endless journey of studying and discovering. Everyone has a distinctive taste that can be used for cooking. Well, perhaps not all taste can taste good to others, but the point is each recipe is unique.
Study not only cooking but also how to slice ingredients. Check for recipes and be brave to have an experiment.
Don’t forget to get inspirations and kitchen hacks too. It can help you ease your way of cooking. The more convenient it is… the better, but take note though it might be expensive on the other hand.
Practice makes “Perfect”
Cooking is not easy. You might cook it well with the fire but it can taste bland or you use the wrong ingredients. Worse you might just burn your food or get injured yourself.
Start by slicing and going to the market to choose and familiarize yourself with ingredients. As for cooking try steaming and frying simple dishes as your first steps of cooking. You don’t need to be a chef to cook. Just have an inspiration, patience, creativity and most of all… just love food. Of course, do not forget to have kitchen or a place that you can cook.
Additional Information: bestkitchenguides.com
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