How To Become A Better Cook

You already know where I got my love for the kitchen from. Not only do I love the kitchen, I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes when I have some time to spare. Most of my cooking is on weekends when my kids can help me out with some work like chopping vegetables. I have lots of cookbooks in my kitchen and I think I have tried most if not all the recipes in there. Anytime I come across a recipe, I make a point of trying it and I actually do.

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Today, I’ll share with you how to become a better cook and improve your cooking skills. The first step in becoming a great cook is reading lots of cookbooks. Get yourself a cookbook that covers different cuisines and gives information on supplies and techniques used.
If there is a specific area which you want to specialize in, then get a cook book that covers that area. I have a few books of my favorite cookbook mainly for the California culture because it’s diverse and I can easily get the ingredients I’m looking for fairly easily.

Watch

This is how I first learned and even sharpened my cooking skills. I watched my mom and aunties as they cooked. Now there are even other better ways of learning to cook by watching such as watching online videos. By watching a video, your first attempt to cook can be a lot easier and successful.

Do not be afraid to experiment

I love trying new recipes. Sometimes I just add a little twist to an old favorite. At other times I get the a bit pricier balsamic vinegar rather than the cheaper one and it makes such a difference. Becoming a better cook means rolling up your sleeves and doing all the dirty work in the kitchen. It may be wise to invest in some good bib styled aprons. This way you will not have your clothes stained as you cook.

Have a back up plan always

Not all kitchen experiments will turn out into anything edible. Believe me; I have been there so many times. I have been accused enough times of serving raw, burned or bad food!
When trying out a new recipe, ensure you have something else edible in the freezer for those occasions when the experiments go horribly wrong. I usually keep some boiled rice and salads in the freezer for such days when my experiments backfire. That way, my family does not have to starve because I was trying some new recipe.

Things You Can Recycle In Your Kitchen

aluminum cans and plastic bottlesGrowing up, I spend lots of my time helping my mom in the kitchen. I guess this is where I learned and loved everything to do with the kitchen. Yes, I love the kitchen and can spend endless hours there trying to figure out some ways to make it better.
One thing I know is that the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. Therefore, chances of it producing the highest amount of waste in the home are so high. I have noticed while cooking, I use so many items and some need to be disposed. Well, sometimes I know they can be recycled, but I feel too lazy and end up destroying them. Today I’m going to share with you some items that end up in the trash bins while they could have been recycled.

Aluminum cans

My family does consume lots of soda and I get so many cans dumped in my kitchen. Rather than throw them away with garbage, I usually recycle them. In my town, there are several drop-off locations for such cans. I carry them along when I’m going out shopping for my kitchen groceries and drop them off for recycling. There are also other areas where you can get to recycle your cans for a refund. So you receive money while conserving the environment at the same time. Awesome!

Cardboard boxes

After you have finished a box of cereal, do not just throw the packaging. I use this packaging for my kid’s crafts and school projects. They can make great art and craft items for your kids. If you want to store some small stuff in your house, then such a box can be ideal.

Food Scraps

I live in a city where there are services for curbside collection for food waste. All I have to do is drop my food scraps in the curbside collection bin. Still, if your city does not have curbside collection for food scraps, you can composite on your own. Do some research and you will find all the information you need to know.

Aluminum foil

Do you think that the piece of aluminum foil that you wrap your burger with is just for one use? If yes, then think again. Aluminum foil can be reused in so many ways. Rather than throwing it in the dust bin right after a single use, I use it to cover a plate with left over’s. When I have finally used it completely, I drop it in the recycling bin outside. A lot of curbside recycling programs will agree to take aluminum foil since they also agree to take aluminum cans.

Milk cartons

Do you still buy milk cartons? Then you need to recycle your milk cartons. Cartons are picked by curbside recycling programs and thus kept from landfills. Cartons recycling in the US has significantly increased by over 128%.
Recycling in the kitchen has helped me save money and also save the environment. There are plenty of other things that can be recycled in your kitchen if you look around carefully.