Have you ever envied those people who seem to just throw together random ingredients, toss it in the oven, and come out with the perfect dish? Maybe you’re not a professional when it comes to cooking. If so, that is totally okay, and you are not alone. A ton of people would say they’re not very good at cooking, and a surprising amount of people would also say they don’t know how to cook at all. If you fall into either of these two categories, then this is your lucky day because we’re here to give you a brief guide on how to start learning to cook. By no means will this be a comprehensive manual on how to cook. Rather, we’re going to give you the basics you need to get started, like buying a pot set and inviting someone over who already knows how to cook. No matter what your prior experience and exposure is to cooking, you can’t go wrong with the basics, so to get a basic understanding of where to start on your journey to learn how to cook, keep on reading.
Invest in a Pot Set
To learn how to cook, you’ve got to have the necessary tools and crockery. How are you supposed to cook a recipe if you don’t have any pots or pans? The idea of going to a kitchenware store and buying multiple pots and pans might seem intimidating. What size are you supposed to get, and how many do you need? All of these are valid questions, and the best way to answer them is to invest in a pot set. By getting a pot set instead of individual pots, you can ensure that you get a wide variety of pots that can be used for cooking different things. Typically, buying a pot set is also cheaper than buying those same pots individually, so it’s definitely the way to go for anyone learning how to cook.
Get All the Pantry Essentials
A great way to motivate you to start cooking is to go to your local grocery store and buy all the pantry essentials. By pantry essentials, we mean the dry ingredients and spices you’ll be using for multiple recipes. These include uncooked rice, grains, beans, pepper, salt, oregano, paprika, and garlic powder, to name just a few. You’ll be using these ingredients in most of your recipes, so having them constantly on hand will make learning how to cook that much easier.
Start With Easy Recipes
No one is expecting you to start off cooking insanely difficult recipes to perfection, and you shouldn’t expect that of yourself either. The best idea is to start with super easy recipes that require few ingredients and simple cooking techniques. Starting with easy recipes will help motivate you to continue cooking. If you start off with a complicated recipe and it doesn’t turn out the way you were hoping, you might be discouraged and not continue learning how to cook. Considering that you’ve probably bought the crockery and tools needed for cooking, this would be a major waste of your time and money. You’ll easily be able to find a ton of simple recipes online with a quick Google search.
Figure Out What You Like
Cooking should be an enjoyable experience, which is why it is super important to figure out what you like to cook. Not only do you have to like cooking the recipe, but you should also like eating it, too. Why would you force yourself to cook a recipe you don’t enjoy making or eating? If you prefer recipes that ask for roasting in the oven over sauteing in a frying pan, then while you’re in the process of learning how to cook, just stick with oven-based recipes. Later on, once you get more comfortable with other types of cooking, you can branch out into other methods.
Invite Someone Over
The best way to learn how to cook is through one-on-one hands-on practice guided by someone who knows what they’re doing. Consider inviting over a friend or family member who knows how to cook really well, and ask them to show you how it’s done. You two can cook a recipe together, and with their personal guidance, you’ll learn so much about the art of cooking. Through the experiences and instruction of a seasoned cook (no pun intended), you too can progress substantially in your cooking journey.
In summary, here are the tips we provided for getting started with learning how to cook:
- Invest in a pot set
- Get all the pantry essentials
- Start with easy recipes
- Figure out what you like
- Invite someone over
We hope this article was the final motivating push you needed to get into the kitchen and start cooking. In no time at all, we’re sure that you’ll find a love for cooking and be able to craft dishes to perfection. Remember: the most important things are to be patient and have a great time!