How to be a Great Amateur Chef
Feeling overwhelmed in your new kitchen? Don’t worry; all chefs have been there at some point in their lives! We all start at the bottom and work our way up; that rule includes experience too! That being said, there are things you can learn and do that will make your days as an amateur chef feel all the more professional. Interested? Great, let’s do this!
You Should Know how to Read a Recipe
If you are not already aware that there is an intricate yet simple way in which you can read a recipe, then this section is for you! A recipe is written with two sections; the ingredients list and the instructions. The ingredients list is written in such a way that they are all in the order with which you will be using them. If the first ingredients are butter and minced beef, then those are the ingredients you will need to prepare first. It is imperative that you read through the recipe before you begin following it, just to make sure that you are fully aware of each and every step that is to come. This will restrict the possibility that you make a mistake; none of us like those, do we?
You Should Know how to Slice Vegetables and Meats
There are particular techniques that you should learn in order to be able to slice, dice, and mice vegetables and meats with ease and speed. This also will require a large amount of time and effort. As you gain experience with slicing you will find that your confidence with a knife and your speed with preparing ingredients will improve! Practice makes perfect!
You Should Know how to Season Correctly
Seasoning is imperative for cooking! If you can’t season your food evenly it will not be sufficient in a restaurant! You should be able to measure your seasonings in such a way that you know your food is going to taste good and balanced. Remember, if ever you are unsure about your seasoning, taste it! There is nothing wrong with tasting your own food to make sure it is perfect; in fact, it is recommended that you do! Do remember, though, that when you taste your food, you must follow proper hygiene. Don’t put the same spoon into your soup twice to taste; either wash the spoon or get a clean one for the second taste. Hopefully you will only require to taste tests at most; one to check what needs balancing and a second to make sure it is now correctly balanced.
You Should Know how to Cook Your Various Proteins
Not all proteins can be cooked the same way! You need to know the difference between frying, roasting, searing, sautéing, and any other form of cooking. If the protein is not cooked correctly it will ruin the entire dish! If you learn and master all the ways to cook your proteins correctly, then you will already be on your way to becoming a professional amateur chef!