Cooking for yourself, let alone other people, isn't everyone forte. And that's okay. But, with leaders currently encouraging everyone to stay home, now is the perfect time to start mastering the basics. Meals don't have to be fancy or elaborate. Even mastering how to make spaghetti is a good skill to have. Here are 5 tips for those who are just stepping into the world of cooking.
Don't get intimidated.
It's okay if you don't have all the pots
or only have one good knife
. You don't need any fancy equipment to make a meal and you don't need to try to make anything overly complicated. Upgrading from PB&J sandwiches to a baked potato is progress.
YouTube or Google what you don't know. Never cut an onion before? Or don't know the best way to make hard boiled eggs? Google it. Articles on google will walk you through whatever you need to know while YouTube videos are perfect for a visual example.
Start slow. Like mac and cheese but have never made it yourself? Start there. Or, if you like scrambled eggs and bacon, start by trying to make that. One pot meals are also a great introduction to cooking because the number of ingredients are usually limited and everything is cooked in one place.
Get organized. No matter what you plan on cooking, get organized before you start cooking. Have all the ingredients you'll need out on the counter, go ahead and chop up anything that needs to be prepped, measure out the spices, etc. This is something referred to as mise en place, a French term meaning "putting in place," but it's a good habit to get into as a beginner. This will allow the cooking process to be smoother and less chaotic because everything will be measured out and pre-chopped so you don't get to step 5: add the chopped veggies and realize you haven't chopped anything.
Have fun. Cooking is an enjoyable pastime for many people. Some find it relaxing and others find it a good way to connect with their family at the end of the day. While it is a good skill to learn, that doesn't mean you can't make it fun or experiment while you learn. The best lessons are learned by doing.