Since we are going into the holidays, I know a lot of people are going to hit the kitchen that don’t usually make it in there. That is why I invited Susan Garland on to talk about a few cooking tips for beginners.
Here’s what she has to say-
Have you realized that you have a passion for cooking and want to take it to the next level but need a helping hand to get you started? It will take time and patience, but you will get there. Follow some of these golden rules, and you’ll be off and running in no time.
As the phrase goes, ‘safety first’ does indeed come first! Kitchen utensils will hurt if used incorrectly so make sure you read up and take your time. There are open flames around you and hot water boiling, so it’s crucial to keep your eyes open. Anything that is spilled should be cleaned up immediately as this can cause accidents. Never leave anything cooking on the stove without you being there.
Don’t Spread Bacteria
Keep your hair tied back
Wash your hands before and after cooking, and after handling raw meat and fish
Keep surfaces clean
Store your food appropriately
Wear suitable shoes with good grip and something that covers your toes
If you follow these rules you shouldn’t have any problems!
It is suggested to learn as many chopping skills as possible because these will come in handy!
For example, when chopping an onion you want to cut the top off, then slice it in half. Peel off the outside skin and throw it away. Lay the onion flat and chop horizontally, make sure you Cut It Fine and then add to a pan with hot oil or butter and fry until golden.
Learning little tips like this will make your life so much easier and you will save yourself a lot of time.
Manage Your Time Well
Keep a timer with you! Most people will already have one built into their oven. Cooking things like a pro all comes down to the perfect timing, you need to be on the ball and never take your eye off the clock. When you get more confident, you will start cooking numerous things at the same time; this can be tricky because not everything takes the same amount of minutes to cook, so trial and error is key .
Patience is the secret to being a good chef. It won’t always work out how you planned, but it’s important not to give up after you make your first mistake, you’re not going to turn into a Michelin star chef overnight. Things go wrong! Maybe your chicken will turn out dry and overcooked – that’s okay! At least you’ve learnt something for next time.
Invite Friends to Taste
Now you have the rules; it’s time to test your skills out on people. Invite your friends and family round to taste your dishes. Arrange a fun dinner party and make a whole night of it. At least with friends, you have the freedom to experiment – go crazy! Not only will you get honest opinions about your dinner, you will pass an enjoyable evening with the ones you love.