Cooking Basics Everyone Should Know

Why do I need to cook now? I thought it was just in the back of my mind, but a look on the internet's food show Netflix and you can understand what I mean. It's also due to the fact that I am a quick learner. So I figured I'd start by learning my current kitchen practices and/or go from there. But there are also, of course, a lot of similarities. Here's a list of some of my favorites.

Luckily, there are a lot of web resources, YouTube videos, and recipes that are all dedicated to this topic. You have to be a keen observer to pick out every single pattern, which is why I encourage you to watch some of the many profiles I’ve seen.

So first up, let’s look at practice.


If you’re in your late teens or early twenties, it’s very time-consuming to learn how to cook and to use high-quality equipment. My two children are still in their teenage years, so it’s possible for one or both of them to be intimidated by the possibilities that are connected to a kitchen. In which case, the right preparation should be easy to tackle. What the houseware manufacturers overlook are the artistic options. You want to be able to see and feel what’s going on in the oven. I’d definitely never put the Christmas tree on the oven, but for the baking season, I’ll do just that. I’ve found that I’m more able to create a new concept from things I previously thought to be an impossible feat. In my opinion, the hardest thing for people to accept is learning to use the correct equipment. For them, it’s the least logical thing. I don’t enjoy it when people ask me which pots and pans I use. But then I discover I’m using the wrong ones and panic. This, I think, is probably because I am notoriously forgetful. Whatever you do, do it right. I like to compare my cooking habits to that of Shakespeare. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, stop it. You can’t go wrong. So don’t be afraid to give it a go and gain confidence.

I definitely think the addition of a pressure cooker is a good idea. With pressure, there’s no oven to get creamed at.

If you’re a beginner, don’t start with deep fryers. I usually have to remind my wife to not fry her eggs on the stove, but I still feel people underestimate the success of pressure cookers. If it’s stuck for a few minutes, it’s not nearly as bad as when the steam escapes and oozes. Obviously, pressure cookers work better if you have a small space or small ingredients. But it’s no different than putting the right pans on the stove. There are tools like microwaves, micro-pan, pressure cookers, and gas stoves. Some of them are more expensive than others, but, as mentioned, you should use the correct equipment. So if you have a cupboard full of pans or cookware, don’t think it’s a waste of money, but rather think of it as another tool, which will serve you in many other ways. Most of these things are relatively easy and a little tedious, but I don’t think that should be considered a bad thing. If you make mistakes, make yourself more comfortable, so you can see what you’re doing. Allow yourself the chance to adjust, and don’t just fix everything to your standard. With each piece of cooking, it’s always crucial to tell the right people about it. But once you gain confidence in the kitchen, you can ask for advice. You can reach out to your friends and people in the same situation. Try new things yourself and have them check your results. Also, try out different recipes because when you’re in an unfamiliar situation and you’re tasting an unfamiliar recipe, you have a slightly more challenging bite. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cook all foods, but, for one test, try something weird to see what results. If it succeeds, you have to try again. It’s super exciting when a recipe that you’ve tried throughout the day, ends up working. But if not, maybe that’s something you shouldn’t do.

Lastly, I’d like to talk about timing. Many people in my experience have been attracted to instant meals. Because of their convenience, they think that they’re sure to make it on time. Unfortunately, you’re never sure. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to start slow. You might not cook your dinner when you’re doing grocery shopping, but if you don’t cook it straight away, you’re not going to develop that confidence that is a great building block for