Learn How To Cook For Beginners
Beginner in Cooking? Don’t worry. All starts are hard, but I promise, if you get over this time, cooking makes a lot of fun and gives you a lot of flexibility. The most important thing is that you don’t run to fast and start with ultra heavy cooking recipes, that can be very frustrated at the beginning of the “learn how to cook for beginners time”.
So start slowly and master the basics first. Then get into the next step (of course, without frustration). In this post, I set the focus on easy & simple beginner stuff spiked with tips and tricks which will help you to master the basics quickly or in better words as soon as humanly possible and to find the fun in learning how to cook.
Ok, let’s start with the #1 Learn How to Cook For Beginners Lesson.
#1 How To Easily Cook A Perfect Rice
The trick is simple but very effective. The ratio of rice to water is always 1:2.
I recommend taking a cup filled with rice, so if you take a half cup of rice (that’s about 2 or 3 portions) then add 1 full cup of water.
If you add 2 full cups of rice, add 4 cups of water – very easy right?
Once the hot plate is hot enough, reduce the temperature a little. In temperature stages to about 7. Salt the rice and put the lid on it, but not completely.
It should be a little space so that the hot air can get out.
Let the rice cook about 15 minutes, just stir every few minutes and that’s it. You realize that the rice is ready when the water is almost completely evaporated, at the end you should stir a little more so that the rice does not burn.
#2 How To Chop Onions Fast
First of all clean/prepare. Peel the skin, cut the ends. Half the onion in the middle, that makes it easier to chop. Make two horizontal cuts into the onion (on both onion half) then slice the onions vertically.
Now take the flat end of each onion and chop it downwards. Important: Hold the onions together as you chop it.
It can happen that everything falls apart, don’t worry, still, continue – training is all.
#3 How To Cook Al-Dente Pasta As Cooking Beginner
Do you know what it means al-dente? Very simple – not too soft, but still fit to bite well.
To get al-dente done without frustration, fill your boil with water so that your pasta is well covered. Add salt and wait until the water is cooking. Add the pasta into the boil, first, the pasta will stand out because they are too long, so take care in the first 5 minutes that the pasta is completely covered.
If this is all done, now the trick. Add some olive oil to the pasta, just a shot. This will give the pasta a nice touch and more importantly, it will prevent the pasta from sticking together.
Let the pasta cook for about 10 minutes and then take out one pasta noodle with a fork and try it. If you’re good to go take them out. Into a pasta filter, cool it with water and enjoy.
#4 Crush Garlic Like A Chef
Garlic and onions are very important for a lot of awesome recipes, so this one is very important as cooking beginner.
The challenge is to peel the skin fast because the skin often sticks to the garlic and that can be very tedious. The simple trick is to use your heel of the hand to crush until it “knocks” before you get the skin off. You know if it is done, when the garlic knocks and is softer. So just press with your hand and feel the magic happens 🙂
Now you will see, that you can easily get the skin off. Depending on the recipe, slice the garlic or use a garlic press. I can highly recommend this garlic press
#5 Awesome Salad Dressings For Cooking Beginners
Salad without dressing is like a car without fuel. I love fresh salad in the summer, so here is an easy way to make awesome dressings.
I love to make it in salad dressing boxes, easy to store if you make more for family or take it with you to work. But a cup is also fine.
- prepare 1/2 clove of garlic, using the method from lesson #4 (you can take less if you don’t like too much garlic).
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
- 5 tablespoons of olive oil
- crush garlic using a garlic press
- bunch of salt, black pepper (if you like add chopped chives & parsley, you will love it!)
- shake well & enjoy!
- 1/3 cup yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- bunch of black pepper & salt (add chives & parsley like in the french dressing if you like)
- shake well & enjoy!
#6 Cook An Omelette Like A Pro
Breakfast, lunch or light dinner. An omelette is a must in this learn how to cook for beginners post.
For a portion of two, take 3 to 4 eggs and beat it in a cup. Add a bunch of salt, pepper and if you like, add fresh parsley and chives. Take a tablespoon and stir the eggs until they are well agitated.
If you’re frying pan is good to go, add a bunch of butter instead of oil and then add the prepared eggs. With a fork, you prepare the omelette until the consistency went well.
You can be very creative by adding ingredients. Tomatoes, onions, cheese, ham etc. (depends on what you prefer).
#7 Best Practice Roasting Vegetables
Roasted vegetables are awesome as a side dish or main dish and you can easily prepare it. Choose the vegetables you like and chop them to smaller pieces. Then preheat your oven to about 380°F (don’t forget the baker sheet with a baking paper). I love the aluminium ones because they are long-term and easy to wash.
Now you add salt, pepper and olive oil. I like to add oregano and basil also, but it’s not necessary and it depends on the dish you want to roast it for.
The best practices for cooking time is that light vegetables like courgette, onions, broccoli, pepper or tomatoes are good to go in about 15 minutes.
Other ones like potatoes, carrots need about 40 minutes.
In my previous post 12 amazing kitchen gadgets in 2019 you find a lot of helping kitchen hands, that will make your kitchen life and cooking beginner career a lot easier.
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