Practice, Practice, Practice
They say that practice makes perfect, and that’s certainly true when it comes to cooking. Cooking meals at home on a regular basis will help you refine your skills. What starts as a lackluster meal can become your menu’s piece de resistance over time. In the immortal words of Julia Child, “The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least 28 times before I finally conquered it.”
Start With Some Standard Recipes
Don’t try to hone your craft with a recipe you’ll never eat again. Learning and practicing the basics, like roasting a chicken, sautéing vegetables, and creating a sauce from scratch, will help you build a solid foundation. When you’re first starting out, make sure that you’re following recipes to a T—you have to know the rules to break them, after all.
Learn to Balance Flavors
If you’ve ever found yourself frustrated by a dish that’s too sweet or too salty, but don’t know how to fix it, learning to balance flavors can be your ace in the hole. Balancing a dish means knowing what tastes to boost when your recipe is being overwhelmed by a single flavor. If this concept seems overly complicated, Cook Smarts’ Flavor Star can help you figure out how to get started.
Add to what you know
Constantly increasing your knowledge of cooking is important because you already know the basics of cooking and you are interested in improving your skills. Search for recipes on the web and in cookery books, read them through even if it is a recipe for a meal you think you have perfected. With Nigerian food recipes, and any other world recipe, there are often many ways to cook a meal and achieve the same results. So there’s always something new to learn.
When you eat a familiar meal and you notice an improvement in the taste, it is good to ask the cook what he/she did to achieve that.
This is one of the top tips of how to become a better cook because you may know all the ingredients you need, spend a lot of money on premium ingredients but get the timing wrong and all the money and time spent goes to nothing. Knowing the right time to add certain ingredients goes a long way to making your food taste better.
Attention to detail
Watch out for how your cooking can benefit from low, medium or high heat. Sometimes, you need high heat to get that white rice to dry quicker as medium heat will cause it to become soggy.