Ah, cooking, loved by man and hated by some as well, yet it is an essential part of our everyday lives.
If people don’t cook, they usually result in opting for some fast-food service, which generally isn’t the healthiest option. Although there are many online food retailers and takeout stops that are healthy, unless you look for them and know exactly where to find them, it still gets swallowed up by those that are unhealthy, far cheaper and on the go per say.
Take McDonald’s for instance, or even KFC, these are two of the most well-known food franchises, and two of the most successful.
Why? It is because they are considered two of the most lucrative and easy to find takeaway stops and can be found nearly anywhere. Their food is also a very inexpensive option when compared to healthier options.
People who buy takeout are generally either lazy, don’t have the time or, can’t cook and while it’s not hard to crack an egg, let’s be real, if the food doesn’t taste good, then you’re probably not going to eat it.
If you don’t know how to cook, then we best fix that. You’ll not only be feeding yourself but also impressing those around you and be able to host dinner parties as the best cook on the block.
Becoming a Better Cook
It’s not entirely rocket science, so here goes. If you can’t cook, chances are you haven’t tried yet, like cooking with a wok. Perhaps you’ve go-to dish is mac and cheese and maybe you’ve even burnt chicken before, and now you think you can’t cook, but the truth is that cooking is a skill that can be learned and perfected the more you try.
If you’re not in the kitchen, you won’t be able to evolve your skills. It’s as simple as that.
How to Start
1. Choose three to five dishes, to begin with – It doesn’t have to be foreign or measure up to the standards of the finest cuisine, but choosing to perfect a few dishes will allow you the time to make mistakes and learn from them, without giving up on your first attempt. Be sure to cook these dishes often, until perfection and then move on with perfecting more.
2. Stock up on all the necessary items – When your pantry is fully prepped with the essentials, and perhaps even a few extra special ingredients, you’ll want to cook more. Since modern society has become lazy and it has become easier to press a button and order food, people no longer go out to buy food. Make sure to schedule a shopping date and time either weekly or monthly and stock up on the perishables on a regular basis. Stock up on things such as olive oil, legumes, canned fish, spices, salt, pepper, rice, grains and every baking ingredient you’ll need to start getting busy in the kitchen.
3. Invest in essential kitchen tools – If you haven’t explored the entertainment of cooking, as well as decorating your kitchen to fit the part of your title as ‘chef’, then you’ll probably find it more difficult to cook. If your kitchen is in tip top shape and has proper pots, pans, knives and utensils, you’ll find a lot more motivation to perfect a dish and cook regularly. Besides, who doesn’t like going shopping for charming crockery to add to your home?
4. Plant your own food – Planting veggie and herb gardens, are becoming more popular than ever before. There’s nothing like that feeling of growing your own herbs and adding a touch of nurturing love to your food. It is also another way to get interested in cooking more, and it’s far more nutrient-dense too!