Cooking at home is a great skill to have and will help improve all areas of your home life. You will form deeper connections with family and friends and will be excited to host luncheons and dinner parties. Cooking is also something that you can do together to bond with your spouse or children and you can pass down recipes to future generations!
If you aren’t already much of a cook you may assume it’s a lot more difficult than it actually is. But there are lots of small things you can do that will make it easier! Here are 4 things that will help you to become a better home cook.
Get Some Alone Time
While cooking with others can certainly be fun, the kitchen is also a great place to have some alone time, especially while you’re learning, and cooking can be very meditative. Not to mention some people become control freaks when cooking and don’t want anyone else stepping foot in the kitchen! Just put on an apron and some music or your favorite podcast, read your recipe, and get all your ingredients and tools set up and you are definitely going to have a great evening, no matter how your meal turns out.
But sometimes it can be hard to find any alone time at all, especially if you’re a busy parent. If you homeschool your kids, try hiring a private tutor a couple of nights a week so that you have time to cook!
As with any other skill, the more you practice cooking the better you will get at it. Look up recipes online and try new kitchen skills you’ve never tried before. Even if it’s a recipe you wouldn’t normally think to make, it may be great practice for you.
Break The Rules And Experiment
Breaking rules is not always a good idea with baking because the measurements need to be very precise for things to turn out well, but with cooking all bets are off! Feel free to stray from the recipe you are using and add things or take things out based on yours or your family’s preferences. If something doesn’t turn out the way you want it to, it’s not the end of the world and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it! Just try again and tweak things the next time.
Make A Mess
Cooking can be messy, so don’t be afraid to make a mess of your kitchen! Wear clothes you aren’t worried about getting stained, and make sure you have some paper towels handy to clean up. Allowing yourself to make a mess can be a freeing and fun part of learning to cook.