Cooking should be a basic life skill. However, with easy-to-cook or microwavable meals popping up, this skill is now deemed to be unnecessary.
Busy individuals are thinking, “Why should I learn how to cook when I can either get take-out or the microwavable meals?”
Well, there are actually several benefits when you know how to cook.
Benefits of learning how to cook
First of all, this is the least expensive option. Especially if you’re cooking for your family. Cooking your own meals is also healthier. You get to choose the quality of the ingredients you’ll use.
This is also great for people who are following a strict diet. It’s easier to count their calories and avoid food that isn’t good for their health. You can finally step away from settling for a bowl of cereal or reheating the leftover pizza.
Of course, cooking can be tedious and it takes time. This is why some people still prefer to avoid cooking. But imagine if the city goes on lockdown and the restaurants close down.
How will you eat?
You need to be prepared just in case. You don’t have to become a chef. But you need to at least learn basic cooking skills.
Tips to learn how to cook
If you’d like to learn how to cook, here are several tips that can help you get started.
Start with simple meals.
Some dishes only require 2 or 3 ingredients. Like if you want to cook a pasta dish, choose the one that has the least amount of ingredients. It also helps if it cooks fast.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with complicated dishes. You’ll get there eventually. Start small and make sure you succeed in that first before you do more complex meals.
Get a beginner’s cookbook.
Ideally, get the cookbook that also teaches cooking and food prep techniques. Learn how to cut, measure, and clean ingredients.
The cookbook should also explain what cooking terms mean like saute or broil. This ensures that you can follow the instructions on the cookbook properly.
If you can find a cookbook that has the basic cooking utensils, pots, and pans – that’ll also be great.
Invest in the basic kitchen tools and pots.
You don’t need overly sophisticated utensils and kitchenwares. But you do need to invest in actual kitchen tools.
The most basic that you need include a sharp knife, cutting board, a skillet, a heavy pot, a large spoon for stirring, a stainless turner for frying, measuring spoons, measuring cups (for dry and wet ingredients), sheet tray, and a strainer.
Commit to cooking regularly.
Practice makes perfect. If you really want to learn, commit to doing it regularly. You can focus on just one meal – like breakfast. Or dinner. It depends on when you have the most time to cook. What’s important is you develop the mindset of learning how to cook your own meals.
Over time, you’ll find yourself enjoying the simple meals you’re making. You might even start impressing other people someday.