When you’re thinking about taking up a hobby, consider cooking. Cooking is often overlooked because you are probably doing so much of it, but the truth is that cooking can be a wonderful source of relaxation for the home chef, as well as a way to create and explore. Here are a few tips to help your cooking exploration.
Ensure that you are getting the most out of your chef’s knife by holding it properly during use. The thumb and the index finger should be on either side of the blade, at the point where it meets the handle. This will give the ultimate in control, when slicing through ingredients.
Oil should be added to the side of the pan. When it reaches the food, it will already be heated up. Doing so will give your cooking the best possible flavor.
If you feel that a piece of food you are about to cook does not look right or may be rotten, always error on the side of caution and throw it away. It is better to lose a few dollars than to cost yourself the next couple of weeks from food poisoning.
When planning on seasoning meats, first use a little piece, before cooking all of it. You have to use caution when seasoning certain meats, such as meatballs, meatloaf and hamburgers. Do not cook the entire thing right after you season it. Cook a small, seasoned patty and taste the result. After that, you may choose to cook everything or adjust your seasoning accordingly.
Take these tips and use them in your dishes to make them come alive. Serve them to guests, bask in the compliments and then do it all over again. The wonderful thing about cooking as a hobby is that you can always recreate or create anew, you’ll always need something to eat!