Believe it or not, trouble free cooking is a common desire around the
world. Even those among us who love cooking and eating almost equally will be the first to
confess that being able to cook without the worry of creating a mess, spilling, or burning
would be a blessing. Truthfully speaking there really is no such thing as trouble free cooking
though there are things you can do that will take a good deal of trouble out of your cooking.
Most of the tips here will be beneficial to novice or beginners in the culinary
arts however, there are some great refresher tips for those who are more experienced when it comes
to cooking as well. Hopefully you will learn some things through the next few paragraphs or at
least remember some things you had forgotten.
First of all, cleaning as you go will take a lot of the trouble out of what comes
after the cooking. When asked the least favorite thing about cooking a wide margin of women
proclaim without a second of hesitation that the clean up by far is the worst thing about cooking.
To make things easier, clean as you go. Keep a sink of hot sudsy water ready to go the entire time
you are cooking and wipe up any spills that occur immediately to avoid sticky messes that are much
more difficult to clean afterwards. You should also note that if you transfer your food to serving
dishes and immediately wash your pots and pans they will be much easier to clean than if the food
is allowed to sit in them while your family dines.
My best friend is constantly burning her dinners. The reason? She believes in high
or low when it comes to cooking and there is nothing in between. Very few meals should be cooked on
high truth be told. You are much better off to begin the food preparation at a medium or medium
high temperature and to adjust accordingly.
Make sure your oven is preheated. The temperature of the oven does indeed make a
difference in the cooking process. While there are those that believe preheating is a simple waste
of electricity it is what is required in order to achieve the optimal results when cooking. Most
modern electric ovens will signal when the proper temperature has been achieved.
Select recipes that fall within your comfort zone in order to avoid making mistakes
or becoming too stressed about the cooking process. Once you've decided on your recipe read it
through a couple of times in order to be certain that you not only understand all the steps
involved but also have all the necessary ingredients before beginning.
Wash your hands thoroughly and wash your hands often. Remember the sink of sudsy
water I mentioned above? You'll want to use it quite frequently in order to wash any surface,
cutting board, plate, or utensil that has come into contact with raw meat in order to avoid cross
contamination. The same holds true for your hands.
While to some degree these tips may seem a bit simplistic, when it comes to trouble
free cooking there really is no such thing. The more you do to make the cooking process seem as
effortless as possible the more trouble free your cooking will really be.