How You Can Learn to Cook

If you have read any of the other posts on this site, you will know that we are big fans of cooking and being competent cooks. There are a plethora of reasons supporting the notion that everyone should be able to cook. At a bare minimum you should be able to just help out in the kitchen if needed.

How does one learn to cook though? Many people learn from a family member such as their mother, father, sister, brother or other relative. If you happen to be older and unable to navigate your way around a kitchen, you may have missed out on having a family member teach you how to cook. Do not worry though. There is hope.

If you do want to learn how to cook, I would start with the basics. Can you boil water? If not, learn how. Can you cook pasta or rice? If not, learn how to do this. These are two separate animals, so pick one and do your research. I would start with pasta, since the only research you will really need to do involves reading the preparation instructions on your bag of pasta.

Once you can cook pasta and rice, you should learn to boil other things. Boiling, or blanching vegetables is a great thing to learn. It is easy and quick. Blanching vegetables consists of bringing water to a boil, dumping the vegetables and letting them cook for 2 to 3 minutes. When they are finished you just have to strain them and run a few cups of cool water over them to stop the cooking process. This will leave you with vegetables that are cooked in a way that preserves the nutrients and vitamins to the fullest. It is also an easy job to claim if you have to help in the kitchen.

Another important yet pretty easy food to learn to cook is eggs. This will involve learning how to use a skillet. Remember a few things when it comes to skillets. First, it is rare for a beginner to use high heat. Keep it at medium high at the most. Second, even non-stick skillets will need a bit of oil or butter. What you use can affect the taste of what you are cooking. Third, burning things happens. Don’t worry about it.

One final thing I want to mention about eggs involves scrambled eggs and omelets. Scrambled eggs, an American favorite, should be cooked on low heat. Omelets are cooked on high heat with a certain technique. I will not go into that technique now as it really consists of a whole new post. You can cook an omelet on lower heat; it will just be a bit more difficult. Think of omelet stations at a breakfast buffet. Those guys cook the omelets pretty quickly right. There’s a reason for this.

I have given you a few suggestions for where to start if you are new to cooking. Try it out. You will burn some stuff and possibly ruin some food. Don’ worry about that. It is part of the learning process. Just try to get a little better each time, and soon enough you will be able to cook a few delicious dishes.