Cooking can be intimidating if you don’t have a lot of experience. Perhaps you’ve seen your mother throw together a delicious home cooked meal by just tossing a few ingredients together. You may think you can never match her skills. However, take heart. There are plenty of meals and recipes that are easy to cook and taste great too. The key is to build up your skills and confidence until you feel competent in the kitchen. Here are 3 cooking tips for beginners to help you get started.
How To Scramble Eggs
Scrambled eggs make a delicious breakfast, or lunch or dinner for that matter. The key to making them light and fluffy is to mix the eggs correctly and to use the right pan. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl. Use a hand whisk to blend your eggs. Whisking adds air to the eggs, which helps make them fluffy. You will want to hand whisk the eggs for approximately two minutes until they are a pale yellow color. For extra creaminess, you can add milk at approximately one teaspoon per egg.
Turn the stove on to medium-high heat and use a non-stick pan. Add approximately one tablespoon of butter for six eggs. Let the butter melt and then add your egg mixture. Allow the eggs to set until they don’t appear to be runny anymore and then use a plastic spatula to scramble the eggs until done.
How To Saute Meat
You can easily make delicious and moist entrees by sauteing meat. You should use a wide-rimmed, large and heavy bottom pan for sauteing. Turn your stove burner to medium-high heat. One it is heated up, add oil so that it lightly coats the bottom. You can use vegetable, canola or olive oil. Let the oil heat for approximately one minute and then add your meat.
The meat should be patted dry before you add it into the pan. Cook the meat until you start to see it beginning to brown around the edges. Flip the meat over and do the same thing to the other side.
How To Boil Pasta
Pasta is a very easy meal to make. You just need to master how to boil your pasta so that it is cooked to the right consistency. To do this, use a large pot and fill it about two-thirds full with water. Add one teaspoon of salt per gallon of water. Turn the stove burner to high and add your pan. Wait for the water to boil. Stir the water. If the bubbles don’t disappear then you know the water is boiled enough to add your pasta. Add one pound of pasta to your boiling water and let it cook for 8 to 12 minutes.
While the pasta is cooking, stir and check the consistency. After it has been cooking for eight minutes, remove a piece of pasta with a slotted spoon and do a taste test. Cook until it is the desired texture. For most people this will mean cooking it until it is “al dente,” which means the pasta is firm on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside. Once your pasta is done, pour it into a colander in the sink to drain and serve with your favorite sauce.
The key to becoming a good cook is to master the basics and continue to add to your repertoire. Use the cooking tips for beginners above to help you get off to a good start.