Cooking is an art. No matter what you cook, it should be well-made and well-presented. Here are five tips to turn your stove-top cooking into an art:
1. Start with good recipes.
The first step to becoming a master chef is to get the right recipes. Here are some suggestions that will make it very easy for you:
- You don’t want recipes that are too elaborate or complicated.
- Find some recipes that you will love and enjoy making.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with spices or vegetables — it’s all part of cooking with passion.
- Practice as much as you can. The more you practice, the better your skills will become!
- Seek suggestions within the female community for better recipes.
- Make sure that you have all of the ingredients needed.
- Try not to get distracted by anything else going on around you.
- Cooking is a serious business. But don’t fear making errors.
2. Take advantage of your tools.
Although it’s tempting to think cooking is all about instinct and feel, it’s not. The right tools can make a big difference in your kitchen experience, so use them!
But remember, you’ll find lots of opinions out there. Everyone has an answer for what makes the best spatula, knife, and pan. But if you’re just starting out at cooking on your stovetop (or trying to improve), here are some things to look for:
- A good spatula has a flat blade with sloping sides. As a result, food can be slid off the bottom of a pan or under the edge of food stuck to it without scraping against hot surfaces.
- A heat-resistant silicone spatula can also be helpful. Many people are worried about burning wooden utensils or melting plastic ones.
- When it comes to stove cooking, the right pan is everything. You want a pan that’s suited for your cooking style and the dish you’re making.
- Use stainless steel or aluminum whenever possible. They heat evenly across their surface area (this will help prevent burning).
- Try not to use too many pots at once. If possible only have one open flame going at once so as not to overheat them all at once.
3. Know about preheating and resting.
If you join live sessions classes for cooking, you’ll see the instructor putting emphasis on the following two:
This is the most important step, and it’s a no-brainer. If you don’t preheat your pan, you’re gonna have a bad time.
After cooking, let your food rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving it. If you try cutting into or serving right away, the juices will run out of the meat and into the pan where they’ll be lost forever.
4. Don’t mess with it too much.
There are times when you have to stir your food or move the pan. But generally speaking, it’s best not to touch your food too much when you’re cooking on the stovetop.
Each time you mess with it, you’re letting heat escape from the pan and cooling your food. This can make cooking take longer than it needs to (or even cause things like sauces and gravies to get lumpy).
It might also be damaging your meal. If you stir too much while something like pasta is cooking, then all those lovely noodles will end up being mushy!
5. Pay attention to the details.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. You’ll become more comfortable with your stovetop the more you cook. Even if they don’t work out right away, don’t worry about it-you’ll learn from each experience! I have some tips for you that will help you with that:
- Don’t overuse your stovetop. If something isn’t working out the way it should, then don’t use the same method again right away!
- Don’t give up on cooking altogether because one dish didn’t turn out well! Give yourself time off while focusing on other things. Do things like reading or learning new skills before returning once again when ready.
- Use nonstick spray instead of oil. Since nonstick spray doesn’t really add flavor, using it instead will allow for faster searing without sacrificing much quality or taste. Plus, it’s much easier than caring for an expensive piece of cookware!
It’s true that there’s no substitute for experience. You can still be a great cook with just some basic knowledge and practice. I hope the tips in this post have given you some inspiration for improving your stovetop cooking!