One of the biggest complaints people have about cooking is that making a decent meal takes too much time and effort. It’s certainly understandable that people on the go will usually opt for the quicker, easier option when thinking about food. However, we here at Tony Hakim Food Lovers want you to enjoy homemade cooking done right. So here are 10 of the best cooking tips everyone should know.
COOKING TIP: MAKE USE OF WHAT YOU'VE GOT
A great way to save time and money on going to the supermarket, you can try implementing “clear out the freezer and cupboard” weeks. This will force you to use what’s at hand and help you become a little more creative when planning meals.
COOKING TIP: USE WHAT'S IN SEASON
It’s not a revolutionary idea, but using what’s in season is going to ensure you’re ingredients are both cheap and abundant.
COOKING TIP: KEEP IT SIMPLE
You don’t need to go all out with fancy or obscure meal ideas, often-times the best dinners are the ones that are the simplest to make.
COOKING TIP: DON'T BOIL, STEAM!
Steaming your vegetables, as opposed to boiling them allows them to retain their colour and taste, hold more nutrients and cook faster. Sounds like a fair trade off to me.
COOKING TIP: PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
Cooking throughout the week becomes immeasurably easier if you’ve taken the time beforehand to plan out what meals you’re going to have and buy the ingredients.
COOKING TIP: INVEST IN UTENSILS
It doesn’t have to break the bank, but having a good range of utensils at your disposal opens up the range of meals you can create by a large margin.
COOKING TIP: HERBS AND SPICES
It doesn't have to be a secret that herbs and spices can instantly transform a dull, lifeless meal into an explosion of flavour. Experimenting with different combinations can really liven up your old favourites.
COOKING TIP: BUTTER AND EGGS
When baking, you can achieve better results if you let the butter and eggs you’re going to use sit at room temperature overnight.
COOKING TIP: RECIPES ARE NOT THE BE ALL, END ALL
Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix ingredients about. Think of recipes as a guideline rather than something you absolutely must follow.
COOKING TIP: ALWAYS TASTE TEST
It’s a simple step, but one that gets left out all the time. Tasting your food before you serve it will let you know if it needs a little extra flavour, if it should be cooked for longer or if it’s just right.
These cooking tips are all rather straightforward, so Tony Hakim hopes you will be able to incorporate them into your cooking routines.