These are seriously useful.
Cooking can be intimidating, but if you practice and learn new techniques, it can also be a ton of fun. So people from r/cooking are sharing beginner tips that will help improve your cooking and help you feel more comfortable in the kitchen. Here’s some advice to get you started!
To make chicken breasts cook evenly, slice and pound them first.
Making flatbread from scratch is not complicated and only requires three ingredients: flour, salt, and water.
Always keep some basics, canned items, non-perishables, and frozen food on hand.
When it comes to adding spices to your cooking, the order matters.
A properly seasoned cast iron skillet is a kitchen game-changer that you can use to cook anything, even eggs.
Season to taste, not to what the recipe says.
If you’re using a slow cooker or Instant Pot, opt for cheaper cuts of meat.
Cook vegetables in starchy pasta water for a perfect one-pot meal.
Coat baked goods with granulated sugar instead of flour.
Always de-glaze your pan.
Food continues to cook even when you remove it from a heat source.
Learn to match flavors.
More ingredients doesn’t always mean more delicious.
If a dish tastes bland, don’t just assume it needs more salt.
Instead of kneading bread, let it rise at room temperature.
If you’re cooking pasta, boil it until al dente and let it finish cooking in the sauce.
Focus on a few high quality ingredients.
Keep your leftover pickle brine and put it to use.
Use oven-roasted cherry tomatoes to elevate tons of dishes.
Cooking is like a science, and the best dishes follow a simple formula.
Taste as you go and make adjustments accordingly.
If you’re following an online recipe, read the comments first.
Your sense of smell and taste are connected, so let your nose guide you.
Three words: Mise en place.
Keep broth on hand and cook with it often.
When it comes to herbs, fresh is best.
Never over-crowd the pan.
Do you have a cooking tip that has helped you become more comfortable and better skilled in the kitchen? Tell us in the comments below.