Cooking is a great skill to have. And for many people, the love they feel when creating food is something they want to pursue to help them create a career path they love and will enjoy for many years to come.
Expanding your cooking skills, whether for personal or professional reasons, can help you gain confidence and further develop your enjoyment in the kitchen. So if you’ve already got the basics down, these tips can help you to go one step further and push your limits to see what you’re really capable of doing!
Hone in on Technical Skills
Delve a little bit further into the different types of cooking you want to do and learn more about. Learn the technical skills involved in each one and how to get the desired results.
Sure, you may know how to do it, but do you know why and the benefits of using one cooking method over another? Do you know what it involves to do so correctly?
Collect a Variety of Techniques
Being able to make loads of different recipes isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but being able to collect a variety skills can serve you better.
Being able to make a lot of different recipes isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but being able to collect skills can serve you better. Knowing how to cook a steak to varying degrees of doneness can be beneficial, as can learning how to make eggs in all the different ways to perfection and what not to do to avoid less-than-positive mistakes. Then you can move on to varying foods like this chili sauce from thebutterhalf.com.
Follow your favorite Chefs and Learn From Them
Following your favorite chefs in every way they interact with their fans can be experimental and beneficial. This can be via recipe books and/or social media. Watch how they do what they do, and take in their tips and suggestions. This can give you a more in-depth understanding of how chefs run their kitchens, how they prepare, and the different techniques they use, as well as how they organize their kitchens to be more productive. It can also give you some creative ideas to try!
Invest In Better Equipment
At the very least, you should invest in a good quality knife set. Make sure you have a range of different knives (paring, chef’s, bread, etc) for all your needs and they are kept sharpened at all times; sharp knives should be the only knives you use when preparing food.
Your knives should be of good quality and weight but not too heavy for you to handle. They must also be stored in a knife block, not in a drawer, to help preserve their lifespan.
Time-Saving Appliances, Not Gadgets
When you look at the kitchens of professional chefs, you won’t see them cluttered with useless kitchen gadgets. Instead, they will have a collection of time-saving kitchen appliances to help them do the job more efficiently.
So before you rush out and buy every new gadget on the market, pay attention to what you need; it will save you time rather than the latest fad for the kitchen.
Becoming a better cook means paying more attention to what you are doing and how you are doing it. Elevate your skills and get to handle on what goes into preparing restaurant-quality foods. And then have fun!