Are you one of those people that have actually lived out the true assumption of all newlyweds? You tried to cook your first few dinners married and they ended up in a burned, tasteless, or maybe even inedible, disaster. It’s okay, we weren’t just born great cooks. Cooking, like any skill, takes time to perfect. And guess what? Even the best of cooks/chefs have messed up at one point or another in their cooking career.
How To Be A Better Cook, Per The Pioneer Woman
Or, maybe you haven’t done the quintessential burning of the food for your new spouse. But maybe you are one of those people that just aren’t cooking as well as you’d like to be. You can cook if necessary, but you’d definitely rather go out to eat than eat your own home-cooked meal.
Either way, a few cooking improvement tips never hurt anyone so keep reading.
Of course, seeing as Pioneer Woman is my cooking idol, these are ways to become a better cook according to the master herself:
Mise en Place
Um, what? I know. This is actually a French term meaning “putting in place”. Have you ever been cooking something and didn’t get your vegetables cut and your ingredients laid out ahead of time? Then when something only has to cook for one minute before adding the next ingredient, then it needs to cook for 30 seconds and be pulled off the heat immediately, you are scrambling.
Well, here is the solution – put it all in place prior to starting.
Acid is your friend.
Unless you love vinegar and such, you probably shy away from acid in your cooking. However, if something just tastes blah adding some lemon or lime juice can really spruce it up. Acid, especially citrus, are best when added while cooking and can take your food from drab to fab.
Use a thermometer… and measuring cups.
I am guilty of not following this rule. I always think I can just eyeball everything – wrong. I can’t. You would be surprised just how much you are undercooking, overcooking, under seasoning and over seasoning just by eyeballing it.
Now, get back in the kitchen – you’ve got this! Share which of these tips helped you the most in the comments.