Cooking at home is something that most of us know we should be doing on a regular basis. However, the amount of people who actually cook every meal from scratch is pretty limited. We are lucky to live in a part of the world where food is in abundance and we don’t have to look far to come across a takeout place, or a supermarket selling convenience food. This is one of the contributing factors as to why so many of us have fallen out of love with home cooking, or why some of us never even picked it up at all! However, we all know the scary statistics about takeout and pre-prepared meals. Consuming too much of this type of food can have potentially devastating consequences on you and your family. While there’s nothing wrong with having it occasionally as a treat, cooking from scratch means that you know exactly where your food is coming from, and you also learn a valuable life skill, too. Here are some hints and tips for those young moms among us who hate cooking – we promise that you can turn your situation around!
Don’t be too ambitious
One of the top reasons why so many people despise cooking is because they try something very advanced, it fails, and they immediately think that they are destined to never cook again. Bear in mind the phrase ‘running before you can walk’. If you’ve never cooked before, it is a little ludicrous to start out with a complex three-course meal – most likely it will crash and burn before your eyes. Forget about the food looking good too. It’s far more important that it tastes good – your kids of all people are unlikely to appreciate stunning presentation, after all! Start with something simple like a casserole or a homemade pasta sauce, and then you can build you way up from there.
Have the right equipment
In order to have any hope of success in the kitchen, you will need to make sure that you have the right kind of equipment by your side. There are plenty of kitchen accessories designed and created to make your life at home easier, so take advantage of them! There are certain staples even the most novice chef needs, such as a pair of oven gloves, a good set of pots and pans and various serving spoons.
Do everything you can to make it fun!
Some people say cooking is therapeutic – others just find it boring. If you are the latter, think about what you can do to make the whole process more engaging for you. It could be that you get lonely in the kitchen, so consider making cooking a family affair, with your kids and partner getting involved too. Or, use it as your opportunity to catch up on your favorite TV show while you cook, or listen to some of your favorite tunes. Once you start to view cooking as ‘you time’, you will have a whole new appreciation for it.