1. Carefully study a recipe before you start to cook. Sure, cooking is intuitive, but if you’re not clear on a certain concept, or don’t have a tool the recipe calls for, you’re setting yourself up for problems down the road.
2. Mise en place. This is so, so important. Mise en place is the art (and it is an art!) of having everything ready before you start cooking. Chop up all of those vegetables before turning on the burner. Grate the cheese before the oven goes on. Have that butter set out at room temperature all ready to go. If there’s any one thing you can do to make your food shine, having everything ready in advance is it. That way, food isn’t burning on the stovetop because you’re too busy prepping ingredients.
3. Knives. They’re key! Always use a sharp knife. Know how to properly hold a knife, and know the best way to use it. Using knives properly is an essential cooking skill, and an essential keeping all of your fingers skill, too. This video has great tips.
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