Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) March 03, 2014
CookingSchools.com, an online directory of culinary schools, discusses 10 ways to get comfortable in the kitchen.
According to a February 19th article posted on Positively Smitten titled “Cooking 101: 12 Tips To Get You Comfortable in the Kitchen,” getting comfortable in the kitchen can be a difficult task. Many people let their insecurities in the kitchen keep them from cooking intricate, tasty meals.
Andrew Girard, a representative at CookingSchools.com, an online directory of the best culinary schools, says being comfortable in the kitchen often results in the creation of wonderful cuisine. “When you teach yourself to become familiarized with the kitchen, you are more likely to create adventurous dishes,” he says. “If you are still uneasy about learning your way around the kitchen, it might help to take a few cooking classes.”
Girard discusses the top 10 tips to help people become more confident in the kitchen.
1. Always use sharpened knives. “When preparing food, having a handy sharp knife is important. Make sure to keep knives sharpened for the quickest and easiest preparation,” he says.
2. Learn conversions. “To be a good chef, you need to know your conversions,” he explains. “If a recipe calls for 16 ounces of beef, you should know that you need 1 pound.”
3. Have a wide variety of utensils. “Each new recipe calls for a new utensil,” Girard says. “Be prepared by building up a collection of utensils for every situation.”
4. Use a thermometer. “Not sure if your meat is cooked enough? Use a thermometer to be sure your meat is cooked thoroughly,” he says.
5. Season food properly. “A non seasoned dish is boring and can be bland,” he says. “Add excitement by seasoning your foods.”
6. Make it easier. “Investing in things like a blender or a food processor could make preparation faster and easier.”
7. Organize everything. “Keep all food and utensils organized. An organized kitchen is a safe and efficient kitchen,” Girard suggests.
8. Cut Vegetables The Same Size. “Cutting vegetables the same size ensures that they cook equally and in the same amount of time,” he says.
9. Learn basic cooking techniques. “By learning the basics, it will be easier to cook more difficult cuisine later,” he says. “Knowing how to boil, broil, steam, and roast are just some of the basic techniques it’s important to know.”
10. Don’t be afraid to learn. “When cooking, don’t be afraid to ask questions and takes risks,” Girard urges. “Cooking is all about being yourself, so just do whatever is most comfortable for you!”
CookingSchools.com is the leading source for information on culinary degrees, culinary schools and cooking programs. Maintained by Monster.com, a popular resource for job seekers and employers, CookingSchools.com helps prospective chefs, teachers, restaurant managers and culinary students find schools, jobs, and programs best suited for their needs. CookingSchools.com is an affiliate of ArtSchools.com, a similar directory featuring the top art schools.