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Be a fearless cook

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 11 36

Just the thought of getting in the kitchen can sometimes be discouraging to the beginning cook. Then come the myriad of utensils, pots, pans, skillets with all those spices, you begin to doubt yourself. My guidance can help you become a fearless and great cook by following some simple tips.

1. Practice with something basic until you get comfortable with a detailed menu item. Starting small will give you a good foundation for complicated recipes in the future.

2. Pay attention to other cooks when they are preparing anything to emulate their activities. People who do things well will be happy to share their techniques with you if you seem interested.

3. Go by taste. If you like a certain flavor, use that seasoning or spice. If you don't care for it, change the next time you concoct that item. Some principles are easily learned by taste. Some cooks go by taste alone, making things up as they go along sampling the dishes they prepare. Try that idea and see if you want to journal your additions as you try out the food you are preparing.

4. Use a low heat so the food does not get out of hand. The higher the heat, the greater the risk to ruin the entire batch of food. Slow cooking relieves the need to be concerned, hense more fun and a better end result in food preparation too.

5. Relax and enjoy your time in the kitchen and have some fun. Anything is more interesting when you can put happiness into it. Cooking is no exception for that ingredient.

6. Know you will improve with experience, so start experimenting. Start small with generally easy to do menu items. Expand on those before diving into something intricate.

7. Start early in life to gain cooking confidence. Offer to help someone who is cooking. You can learn so much by watching and doing with an experienced cook.


Things You Will Need

Bring your willingness to discover the techniques that all beginner cooks learn, but often times don't share with others because; 1. it is so simple.

2. They have been around the kitchen so long they don't remember what it is like to be new.

3, Some cooks never measure so they cannot give you details. You can pick up those skills to be a fearless cook of the future


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Comments

Sep 13, 2009 7:43am
ladybugblue
This is a great article on being a fearless cook. It takes lots of practice and keeping the heat low is an important tip!
Sep 13, 2009 1:20pm
buzzard33
I like this one R...... Tanx Gave you a tbs up

Me
Sep 13, 2009 1:39pm
goodselfme
Thank you ladybug blue for your wise comment.
Sep 15, 2009 12:38am
goodselfme
Thank you Buzzard for you thumbs and encouraging comment.
Sep 17, 2009 12:26pm
Sonni57
Good article on being a fearless cook.
Sep 17, 2009 12:28pm
goodselfme
TX Sonni57 for your nice comment.
Sep 25, 2009 7:26pm
x3xsolxdierx3x
wow...look at that...a new featured article! great job!

(the front page was getting a little bland looking at the same article every time I logged on)...."Stay Positive in any Situation".... :)
Sep 25, 2009 8:19pm
goodselfme
x3xsolxdier3x, Thank you for your valued comment and encouragement on the featuring of my article.
Sep 25, 2009 11:39pm
cosmopinkice
Great read! This article is fantastic. I can see "How to be a Fearless Cook" made it as featured article.
Sep 26, 2009 3:44am
betterbody
Very informative and well written article.
Sep 27, 2009 10:49am
goodselfme
Thank you cosmopinkice for your valued comment with encouragement too.
Sep 27, 2009 10:49am
goodselfme
Betterbody, Thank you for your valued comment.
Sep 27, 2009 1:18pm
Kaseysview
Congratulations on making the front page with your helpful article!
Sep 27, 2009 1:28pm
goodselfme
Thank you Kaseysview for your valued comment.
Sep 27, 2009 9:46pm
edieness
So happy to see this one on the front page. Nice work.
Sep 27, 2009 10:18pm
goodselfme
Thank you edieness for your valued comment.
Sep 29, 2009 8:49am
harrisdy
great tips... thumbs up!
Sep 29, 2009 10:55am
goodselfme
Thank you harrisdy for your valued comment.
Oct 2, 2009 6:49am
ScentedCandles
Loved this article here as I have the problem of monitoring the heat. This was some excellent points.
Oct 2, 2009 12:13pm
goodselfme
Thank you ScentedCandles for your valued comment.
Oct 3, 2009 6:17pm
ajtyne
Great job! Many people become discouraged at their first mishaps in the kitchen and just give up. Your article should help them to understand it's a process they have to learn step by step.
Oct 7, 2009 10:21am
Momose
Some new cooks think they have to know everything before they begin, and that it can all be learned from a book. Experimentation is one of my greatest thrills as a cook. I loved this article for encouraging new cooks to embrace creativity.
Oct 7, 2009 1:10pm
WriterGig
Good tips on gaining confidence as a cook!
Oct 11, 2009 2:30pm
goodselfme
ajtyne, thank you for your valued comment.
Oct 11, 2009 2:30pm
goodselfme
Momose, thank you for your valued comment.
Oct 11, 2009 2:32pm
goodselfme
WriterGig, Thank you for your valued comment.
Oct 22, 2009 12:16pm
Jack_Luca
I LOVE this article! My daughters are getting to the age of starting to cook on their own, I will definitely share this with them.
Oct 22, 2009 12:29pm
goodselfme
Kristara, TX for your valued comment.
Oct 24, 2009 11:29am
midnitewriter
I used to be scared of the kitchen, but no more!
Oct 24, 2009 12:09pm
goodselfme
TX midnitewriter for your valued comment.
Nov 6, 2009 11:50am
JennyHeart
Love this one! You always make new things for people who want to try something new exciting and rewarding. Relax and enjoy I always say and do. Love it friend!
Nov 6, 2009 2:33pm
goodselfme
TX JennyHeart for your valued comment.
Nov 29, 2009 10:01am
eileen
Great article to give confidence. I can burn water. Never guilty of inviting anyoneto have a meal at my place otherwise my nerves get bad and burn or ruine something. If they just lobbed, that ok they just got what we had no time to prepare and get nervous. Getting better now. 40 years on from those days.
Nov 29, 2009 10:08am
goodselfme
Thank you eileen for your valued comment.
Jun 30, 2010 10:45am
snowfence
That is some great advice on being a fearless cook, thanks!
Jul 30, 2010 11:12am
Deborah-Diane
Great advice on how to be a fearless cook. This article would be great for young people who are just learning to cook.
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