Becoming a better cook can be accomplished with a little time, patience and following a few simple steps. The basics of cooking are easy to master and accomplish. In order to cook meals and dishes that will make your friends and family say “Wow!” you need to try these simple steps and you can be on your way to being the best cook you can possibly be.

Keep spices in a dark and cool place. If the spices become too hot, or moist from humidity, it can shorten their shelf life. Too much light exposure also does this. If you store your spices in dark place with relatively low temperatures like a pantry, the spices will retain their taste and take longer to spoil. Keeping your spices fresh can improve the taste of every recipe you prepare.

To prevent wasting costly meat, test out your spice mixture on one small piece prior to adding it to the rest of the meat. Foods like meatloaf, meatballs, and even hamburgers can require careful seasoning. After adding your blend of seasonings, do not cook the entire portion of meat. You should cook a smaller patty first, so that you can make sure that the seasoning is delicious. Doing this allows you to test the seasonings and make appropriate adjustments.

Sharp knives are a kitchen necessity. Knives that have been allowed to dull are dangerous and difficult to use. You can cut yourself because you are forcing the knife through the food, use a sharp knife.

After trying these steps, you should be well on your way to being a much better cook. The great thing about these tips is that if they don’t work the first time keep trying and you are sure to get better. You should notice the difference right away and your friends and family will thank you.