Throughout the various lockdowns of the past twelve months, people across the country have been learning all kinds of new skills. Some have become masters of yoga, while others have enrolled in online education courses. We’ve seen people take up DIY, gardening, knitting, and wood carving. But perhaps the most popular method of lockdown self-improvement took place in the kitchen.
During the height of lockdown, you couldn’t go on social media without being barraged with snaps of homemade banana bread and extravagant roast dinners. People who previously never lifted a finger in the kitchen were learning to create restaurant-quality meals and inspiring others to do the same.
Perhaps you would like to follow suit and learn to improve your culinary abilities. Being able to cook is such an important life skill that will benefit you in so many ways. For a start, it will give you the freedom to make any dish you desire, as well as making it easier to eat cheaply and healthily. It will impress any guest you invite over and make you more knowledgeable about flavours and cultures from around the world.
But where do you start? If you’re committed to learning to cook, here are four tips for improving your culinary skills in lockdown.
Get the right equipment
If you’ve never done much cooking before, your kitchen may need a few extra supplies before you get started. Cooking vessels like frying pans, saucepans, baking trays, and a casserole dish are essential, and you can often get most of these in a set for convenience. You could also get an air fryer, but that is optional. You’ll also need utensils for handling food, such as a spatula and serving spoon. As your cooking expertise becomes more advanced, you will soon discover other items you need, but as long as you’re equipped with the basics, you’ll have everything you need to kick off.
It will take a while before you’re able to experiment with dishes like a professional chef. In the early stages, the best way to get to grips with cooking is to follow recipes. It’s an easy way to build up your confidence in the kitchen, and as long as you follow it to the letter, it’s hard to go wrong. Do some research and find a simple cookbook you like the look of. Alternatively, there are millions of great recipes available for free online. Try this delicious and easy bacon and bean soup from Yellow Bliss Road.
Learn from your mistakes
Even when following a recipe, there will be times when something goes wrong. Maybe you under-season your dish or it ends up blackened and burnt. Don’t be disheartened when these things happen, as it provides an excellent learning opportunity. Try to figure out exactly where you went wrong and you will be less likely to make the mistake in future.
Do your prep in advance
Certain dishes require you to do several things at once, and if you’re not experienced, this can be a recipe for disaster. Make life easier for yourself by doing all your preparation in advance. Lay out all your ingredients and chop everything before you start cooking, This way, you will have more time to cook your meal and have more control over the kitchen.