8 Tips On How To Become A Quick Study In Culinary Mastery

If you love eating out, perhaps enjoying mesquite-grilled fajitas at On The Border or your favorite type of coffee at Starbucks or Dazbog, then you probably feel that your own food and beverage at home is rather dull and uninspiring. But the truth is that you can make anythingprovided you have the right ingredients and get good at following recipes.  

Here are 8 tips on how to become a quick study in culinary mastery by learning how to whip up secret sauces and mock-up restaurant-style meals: 

1.Make your own delicious coffee. 

Why does your own coffee taste bland? You have access to gourmet beans and top coffee makers. You can add the same amount of cream and sugar or create steamed milk for your lattes. Often, it’s because you’re simply missing one ingredient. It might be something like the right kind of flavoured syrup. The perfect syrup can transform an ordinary cup of coffee into a delicious brew. 

2. Research recipes online. 

Many famous chefs share their recipes when they write a celebrity-type cookbook. They realize that by sharing recipes that have become famous at popular restaurants, they increase their book sales because people are dying to learn these “secrets.”   

3. Ask for recipes. 

In some restaurants, particularly independent family restaurants, it’s not considered taboo to ask for the recipe. While you may not always get the chef’s special recipe, you never know unless you ask. Some owners may be open-minded about their recipes and their chefs may be delighted that you asked.  

4. Go to culinary classes. 

Sometimes, it’s not the recipe that makes a difference, it’s the way food is sliced, diced, chopped, stewed, sautéedand prepared. 

Some things you will learn in a culinary class are how to accurately read and follow a recipe, how to use a paring knife, how to quarter and truss meats, and how to test and improve the thickness of your sauces. You will also learn how to recognize when oil is hot and how to soften butter; as well as, how to roast almost any kind of vegetable and how to boil your eggs perfectly every time. 

In fact, the more hands-on education you can get from professional teachers, the more you’ll be amazed at the difference between how an ordinary cook prepares meals and how a chef works his or her magic. 

5. Watch cooking shows. 

There is a huge difference between reading a cookbook and watching a TV show where you are shown each step of the process. 

It’s not enough to learn what to do; you learn a great deal, almost at an unconscious level, how to measure, heat, and recognize when the meal is just perfect.  

6. Improve your kitchen tools. 

Every craftsperson is defined by the quality of their tools. Just as a good carpenter can’t produce a beautiful cabinet without the right tools, so, too, a good chef can’t do much without the right measuring cups, blenders, knives, and other essential tools. 

You will also be surprised by the number of high tech tools available to measure temperature with precise accuracy, identify the correct proportion of ingredients, and help you even count calories. 

7. Build your skills over time. 

When you’re learning a new skill, it takes time to master the subtle nuances of the process. Instead of getting overwhelmed, break your learning process into different chunks. 

You can design your own curriculum.  For instance, you could watch YouTube videos on how to improve your knife skills until you’re good at it, and then turn your attention to learning how to work to create perfect vegetable stock. 

8. Learn how to shop. 

Shopping for fresh ingredients takes some practice. Do you know the best spices to buy? Do you know when an avocado is ripe? These are simple things that most people who buy packaged foods never learn. 

When you start learning how to cook from scratch, your food will be healthy and fresh tasting—because you won’t be adding artificial ingredients and preservatives or drowning the flavor with excessive salt or sugar. In fact, once you learn how to cook, you’ll become very good at discerning what is missing in a meal.  

Think of learning how to cook better as something of an adventure, a new hobby if you will. Celebrate your progress. Join cooking clubs. Learn to relish the art of fine cooking. It’s one of the finest ways to share your love with family and friends. 

 

 

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