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General Cooking Advice

Cooking is, as I am going to emphasize over and over again, dead easy. It really is just basically a matter of gathering ingredients, following instructions, and paying attention. Do all that, and you can have win.

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Even making a turkey is way easier than it seems!

But there are certain little tips and tricks. Things that can help make your life in the kitchen just a bit easier. And I am going to share some of those with you. Here are a few.

  • Don’t know how hot to set your oven for? If you’re baking something, 350 degrees is a good default setting, and check it after 30 minutes. Sometimes you might need to go a bit hotter or colder, but 350 is a great starting point.
  • Frosting hides a multitude of sins. We’ll be touching on cake baking and decorating later, but for now, just remember this.
  • When it comes to seasoning, less is more! Add only a bit at first. Why? Because while you can always add more spices to, say, your spaghetti sauce, removing what you’ve already added is a touch tricky.
  • Eggs will last longer in the fridge than you think they will (Americans only! Europeans should not put their eggs in the fridge). They’re probably still safe 7 – 10 days after the expiration date. But if you’re not sure if they are? Break them one at a time into a separate bowl and then mix them in with whatever you’re cooking. Better to have to toss out a bad egg than whatever you’re cooking.
  • Need bullion cubes? Out of bullion cubes? Discovering this only after you’ve already started cooking? Don’t panic! If you have some ramen, it probably comes with a little flavor packet (possibly, and obnoxiously, called a Flav-R-Pak). Each of those packs can act as one chicken or beef bullion cube. It isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough.
  • You can spend way too much on cooking gear! Get some of the stuff on this list. It’s affordable and works just fine.
  • Don’t ever, ever, ever clean a cast iron pan with soap and water! Guess who learned this the hard way once?
  • Handle raw chicken very carefully! That stuff can kill you if you treat it wrong, and if it’s been in the fridge for perhaps a few days too long and smells a bit sour? Toss it. Better to waste the money than make yourself ill.
  • Also, review this guide. Print it out of needed, and keep it where you cook. Cooking is very pleasant and enjoyable, but you can straight-up kill someone if you do it wrong! You don’t want to do that.
  • When in doubt, use Google. There are many, many websites that can give you great advice on cooking.

That’s it for now. Later I might add more stuff, but I hope that this at least is useful to you!

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