The time you spend cooking should be when you get to unleash your creativity, have a chance to destress and enjoy what you are about to eat. Or at least so they tell you.
Cooking can go from idyllic to shambolic in seconds, which not only gives you a lot of clearing up to do but also leaves you with no dinner. However, this should be a time to enjoy, despite how quickly it can go down south, and there are some easy ways that you can bring more enjoyment into the time you spend cooking.
#1 You need to add convenience
A lot of cooking is about making a huge mess and then clearing it all up again. It is also waiting for the oven to heat up, preparing food, and waiting for water to boil. One thing at the center of all of this is hot water.
You need water to clean, water to prep, and water to boil. By adding in a hot water dispenser faucet, you can have access to immediate hot water that won’t take a moment to heat up, meaning that you have it on demand and you don’t need to incorporate it into your timings.
On the subject of time, you are going to need to leave yourself more time than you might think, especially if you don’t normally cook. You need to leave time to make sure that you have space to get things wrong. Additionally, you do not want to be under any time pressure, as that can cause even more mistakes to happen and food to be wasted.
#3 Don’t get too ambitious at the start
If you are a novice, don’t do something intricate and fiddly, like mousse or a consommé. You are going to need to stick to basic dishes, such as pasta sauces, casseroles, and homemade pizzas. After that, you can work with something a little bit more challenging, but working to a recipe that is right for your skills (or a little bit above) can help you improve quickly, as well as teach you all the basic rules of cooking, such as patience, knife safety, and flavor couplings.
#4 Plenty of ingredients
You should always make sure that you have plenty of ingredients to hand. This is because you do not want to end up cutting corners if you don’t have enough and end up with something that doesn’t taste quite right or of anything at all. This can be demoralizing and might even put you off cooking for a while. It is always better to have leftovers to be used another day rather than to have not enough.
Cooking should be a lot of fun. So, you should be creating dishes that match your skill level, making sure that you have plenty of ingredients to make the dish correctly, as well as giving yourself enough time to make the food and allow for mistakes. Additionally, you should also make sure that you have gadgets that can help you cut out the boredom of cooking, so you can make the most of the ‘fun’ part.