Okay, maybe the blog title “How To Cook” is misleading as I have no cooking advice to offer. I have always enjoyed cooking, but don’t consider myself a good cook.
I have had a ton of cooking and baking and overall kitchen disasters. But, since I love to EAT I couldn’t just throw in the kitchen towel and quit.
But, I kept cooking and learned a few things a long the way. Here are my tips for “how to cook if you consider yourself a bad cook…” (If you’re a good cook please stop reading this post and come to my house as I’m hungry.)
1. Be okay with making crappy food. It’s all about trial and error. If you want to learn how to season food, how long certain foods take before they are charred to a crisp and why salt and sugar should be kept in 2 separate places – you have to just try.
2. Use a recipe. I personally do not like recipes and avoid them at all costs, but recipes are vital if you are baking or seasoning dishing for the first time. “Eyeballing it” will come to you eventually – once you’ve been using a recipe for a while.
3. Cook for yourself. At least to begin with, you should be tasting your food and tweaking it to your own taste buds. Then, you can ask for a second opinion and get to know how the palates your cooking for differ.
4. Make a big mess. ‘Cause this makes you feel like what you made is a big deal.
5. Cook for someone else so they have to be the one to clean up said mess.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions. I have literally had a friend ask me, “How do you make a grilled cheese sandwich?”. Sure they could have figured it out, but I gave them some tips that made the bread perfectly toasted and flavorful and probably that much better.
7. Fish can be undercooked, any other meat can’t. When I was 18 and first started cooking for myself I turned vegetarian and have only recently started to learn about cooking meat. So, this wasn’t always part of my knowledge. I stick by this rule to be safe.
8. Don’t be scared.
Why am I doling out all these tips? Because salmon is my favorite fish in the world and I never make it because I think “I don’t know how to cook it”.
Well, I bought a piece of pre-seasoned salmon today and made the best meal I’ve cooked in a long time. Success! I put it in a pan. Turned on the heat and cooked it through. Done and done and not rocket science.
Question: Are you a good cook? Have any tips to offer?
My final tip: If you make something really bad, throw it away and go get ice cream. Works every time.