- Place a damp towel underneath your cutting board. It’ll prevent the board from sliding out from underneath you as you work.
- Use sharp knives. The most dangerous thing in a kitchen is a dull knife–they slide around. You can sharpen your knives with a wet stone and a steel, and they’re usually found wherever knives can be bought.
- Do all your prep first. Save time by washing, peeling, and cutting everything before you start. That way, you can just grab it and go.
- Read the recipe all the way through before you start. Ever find yourself midway through a recipe and realize you probably should’ve used a bigger pot/waited on cooking something/etc. Read and then cook. Repeat after me, Tisha: read and then cook.
- Keep a towel around you. Use it to wipe your hands off, keep your cutting board clean and hold onto hot pots and pans.
- Clean as you go. Actually, my mom taught me this. But it’s a real life saver in the kitchen.
- Add another pinch of salt. Seriously, you’re probably under seasoning it.
- Keep your cut veggies uniform. Okay, I’m still working on this–but uniformity is the best way to make sure everything cuts evenly. Avoid having pieces that are burnt alongside pieces that are undercooked.
- Weigh out your ingredients. I had never done this before this year. Boy oh boy, what a difference it makes! Especially with baking–a cup is not a cup is not a cup. If you often find your baked goods going awry, and you have no idea what happened, I urge you: get a scale.
- Feel it out. Cooking is all about intuition. You can’t teach someone to love food, or to experience cooking. Be present and really feel out your dish–what’s missing? What could you add?
- Taste your food! If you’ve ever worked in the fast food industry, you were told to never (ever) snack on the food you make. A lot of us are ingrained to not taste the food until we sit down and serve it. But by then, it’s too late to know if you added too much spice or not enough salt (you didn’t; check tip #7). So make sure to taste as you go, and always have a tasting spoon near you.
Okay, that’s all for now. Do you have any handy kitchen tips? Let me know in the comments!
Happy monday! xx