If you’re into your cooking, chances are, you want to get everything right every time. Failing to follow a recipe correctly, or ending up with results that look nothing like the image on the recipe book or website, can be really disheartening. It can also see you waste time, money and ingredients. So, what can you do to get your cooking spot on each and every time? Here are some suggestions that will help you to achieve this!
Top Tips for Getting Your Cooking Right Every Time
Have The Right Tools & Equipment
Sometimes, a recipe will ask for specific equipment that’s not always commonplace in people’s cooking repertoires. In situations like this, you may see if you can substitute the equipment or tool with something else that is similar. Of course, if you don’t have the means to get the exact equipment, this is fine. But if you do, invest. This will help you to get your recipes spot on every time. For example, an electric whisk can help produce much smoother results in much less time than a traditional handheld whisk.
Have All Your Ingredients Ready When You Start
Lots of people like to leave their ingredients in the fridge or cupboards until they’re needed in the recipe to avoid extra mess or clutter on their kitchen worktops while they’re preparing their food. This is understandable. But it’s much better to find your recipe and make sure that all of the ingredients you need are out and in arm’s reach. First, this ensures that you do actually have all of the ingredients you need. All too often we’ll assume we have anything, only to get to the point of adding an essential ingredient and realising we’ve ran out. Secondly, this means that you can add the ingredient at the exact right moment, rather than scrambling around looking for it while the moment passes. When making homemade toffee, for example, delay in adding a particular ingredient can see the recipe burn while you’re distracted.
Use Quality Ingredients
There are generally countless brands and options out there when choosing any ingredient. It can be tempting to choose the cheaper options, but often, you will find that you get what you pay for. By shopping in an organic market, you may find that you get much better quality ingredients that result in healthier, as well as much better looking and tasting dishes. Whether that’s bright and beautiful vegetables that haven’t had pesticides used on them or more finely milled flour for baking. Always try to get the best quality ingredients that your budget allows for. You will be able to taste the difference!
Sure, if you’re hungry or have other things to do, it can be tempting to skip steps in the recipe and whack the temperature up higher to try to get the dish done faster. But cooking is all about respecting the food and taking your time. Try to be patient and allow your food to cook at the speed and temperature dictated in the recipe. This will help you get the results you want.
These are just a few suggestions, but each can make all the difference. So, give them a try and see how well they work!