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.
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!