How to start cooking?
I cannot remember the moment when I started cooking, or rather started eating food I played with. I might guess it was sometime around my 2nd grade, when curiosity took over and I started wondering what would happen if I put these two random ingredients together. Presentation was a key as well. Until that day I remember my mom joking, that I spend as much time preparing food, as I spent time on making it look appetizing.
So, apparently I started pretty early, but what if you'd like to start cooking in your teenage years, or even later — in your twenties? Well, there's hope for you my friend!
It always has to start somewhere...
How does one start a culinary adventure? For sure, forget about all these fat, heavy books that our mothers used to slam on the bookshelf. Not that they are awesome, but I would rather consider them a mastery guide, when you're already able to handle the knife without cutting your fingers every other slice.
We live in a great time to explore, and cooking is one of the fields that offers a lot of options. Check out YouTube, read a blog. But most of all: play with your food. I cannot stress it enough, how important is to simply know how pasta looks when it's almost done, and almost overdone. What happens when you overheat the cream in your sauce. Or simply, how not to burn your schnitzel.
You won't learn this from the books, and videos will be just barely useful to you. You need to equip yourself with basic utensils and embark on the adventure to conquer all the yummies.
Kitchen preparedness 101
Okay, so you want to start cooking, but your greatest experience was with ramen and pizza? You gonna need to accessorize a bit:
- Buy a non-stick pan, don't skimp on the size and quality. A good idea would be one that you can sauté on, which basically means "3-5 cm wall". It's high enough for you to fry, or boil things. Instant win.
- Get sharp with a proper knife — chef's knife looks great, but what you really need is a medium all-purpose knife. This little fella will cut meat, vegetables and you can most certainly crush things with the flat side when needed. For beginners I would recommend buying something cheap from IKEA or any close-by home store, don't forget the sharpener, you gonna need it. Whatever you do, do not buy fancy knifes like the ceramic ones, your fingers will thank you later!
- Get into the zone with proper cutting boards. You can go cheap with a large quantity of plastic ones, or go premium with a solid wooden one. Just keep in mind, that wood requires servicing.
- Whip things up with a proper whisk. Go for the wire whisk that with some experience will allow you to do mostly anything that need to be whisked, beaten or just mixed. Hint: just buy the metal one, forget about silicone for your first one, it's oh so much cleaning.
When you're prepared for your cooking, get inspired with simple, tasty, satisfying recipes. Check out recipes here, they were made by cooking simpletons for inexperienced cooks like you! As long as you enjoy cooking, you will always come up with something amazing. Good luck!