It may be a goal of yours to try new food, but looking at a recipe for a new dish can be intimidating. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go. It may take you a few times to learn how to make a new dish, especially if you are only used to cooking a few specific meals, but before you know it, you’ll be able to turn your hand to many other dishes. Here are a few tips to help you to approach the new recipe you want to try:
Read the recipe
Before you start doing anything else, you need to read the recipe from start to finish. You may even have to do it a couple of times to make sure that you understand all of the steps.
If you don’t read the recipe beforehand, you run the risk of getting confused and messing up steps. Ensuring that you know what you are getting yourself into before you start cooking will help you to feel more confident about what you are going to do.
Lookup any terms you don’t understand
While you are reading through the recipe, you should look up any terms that you don’t understand. Many recipes will assume that you already know what specific terms mean. You can look up videos online of how to do certain techniques so that you can see what you should be doing in practice.
Clean your kitchen
Your kitchen should be clean before you start cooking so that nothing gets in your way, and cooking doesn’t get chaotic and stressful. It will ensure that you have all the counter space that you need and that all the equipment you need is clean.
Get out everything you need
Before you start the actual cooking, get out everything that you need. You should have all of your ingredients prepped, so measured, washed, peeled, and chopped. It would help if you also had any seasoning you will need to hand and any equipment out and ready to use. Once you have started cooking, it will make cooking the dish more difficult if you have to search through cupboards to find what you need. It makes cooking more straightforward when you have everything laid out.
Follow the recipe
When you have prepared everything, it is time to start cooking. Keep the recipe to hand and keep referring back to it as you are cooking. The time that you have taken to understand the method and to prepare and lay out your ingredients and equipment will make the whole process easier.
Where can I get recipes from?
It is easy to get hold of new recipes to try. You can buy cookbooks or look up recipes online. Simply type in the keywords of what you want to make, for example, ‘how to make pork chili verde,’ and you will be able to pick from a range of recipes.
Access to recipes on the internet means that there is no reason why you shouldn’t be trying new food!