The Ultimate Guide to Getting into Cooking When You Don't Love It

Everyone loves to eat, right? Well, that’s probably because food is one of our most universally appealing things. And while everyone loves a home-cooked meal as much as they love to eat out, not everyone has the passion and raw talent necessary to become a great cook. So, whatever your reasons are for not loving to cook, it doesn’t have to be the end of your culinary journey.

Fortunately, there are many different ways in which you can coax your inner cooking bug. Without having to shell out money on classes or take expensive courses online.

Start With the Fundamentals

Before you get into the nitty-gritty of actually learning how to cook, you should first get a solid foundation under your feet. Of course, that won’t guarantee you will become a great cook overnight. But it will give you a head start and make it easier to pick up new skills as you progress.

Cook What You Love to Eat

Before you even start thinking about the recipe, have a good idea of what type of foods you like to eat. By knowing what food, you want to eat, you can make sure you choose to cook foods that fit your dietary needs. Now, when you think about what types of meals you’d like to cook, don’t just cook what you usually eat. Instead, try to mix it up and make meals that are a bit more adventurous. You may be surprised to find that you like these new recipes as much as the old ones.

You could go a bit more adventurous and try grilled steak oscar. But what is oscar style steak, you ask? It’s a steak. Usually veal, topped with crab meat and a butter sauce. The perfect thing to encourage even the most reluctant chef to try something new.

Create A Shopping List and Meal Plan Ahead of Time

Preparing your meals ahead of time is a great way to ensure you don’t get bored with the same food week after week. It also helps you learn to be more organized. Which is an essential skill for any cook to have. To make meal planning easier, create a shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need for each recipe you’d like to try. Then, create a meal plan for the next few weeks and include the recipes you’d like to try on your list. With that, you’ll always have a resource to plan your meals.

Explore New Techniques and Learn from YouTube Tutorials

If you’re unfamiliar with techniques that may work better for you than others, you may want to try a few that sound interesting. For example, if you’re feeling adventurous, consider trying a sous-vide method for cooking. This cooking technique is great for delicate foods, such as vegetables. So, it may be worth trying out for some of your favorite recipes. If you have a specific technique or home cooking style you’d like to learn, try looking into online tutorials to see if there’s anything that can help you get started. Many cooking shows offer extensive tutorials for new viewers. So, you can often find a tutorial that will get you started on the right foot.

Buying Your First Kitchen Gear

There may be some new equipment you’ll want to purchase before you start cooking, such as a good knife or a new cast iron skillet. While it’s tempting to try to make do with less, you’ll find that it’s much easier with the proper tools. Ensure your knife is sharp and that you keep it properly stored in a knife block or sharpener. Your cutting board should be kept clean and dry to prevent bacteria growth. And, when you’re not using your cast iron skillet, clean it and store it away from anything that could contain food.

Keep Learning and Never Stop Using Your Imagination

As you learn to cook, you’ll want to make sure that you keep an open mind. Try new things, experiment with different techniques, and see what works best for your personal tastes. That doesn’t mean you have to buy all your ingredients from the store or grocery store. You can often find great deals on Amazon, local farmers’ markets, or co-ops. Remember that there is no one “correct” way to prepare a recipe. If something you try doesn’t work the way you expected, don’t be afraid to try something else. You may find that you prefer a different technique.

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