If you have ever stepped your foot in the kitchen and decided to cook you must also have learned that cooking is a lot more than just adding ingredients and mixing them up. Like all other things in the world, you can mess up your dish if you don’t follow the right instructions.
The Seven Deadly Sins Of Cooking – How To Avoid Them
I’ve learned cooking by committing all these deadly sins and then I have also learned to forgive myself by fixing all the issues and coming up with a better dish. So dear home cooks, don’t you worry. Prolific Recipes is your savior today (and tomorrow). There will be no more ‘This bread tastes like gum. Is it even bread?‘ or the worst thing that I heard from my cousin was, ‘Is it edible? are you sure?‘.
So here are 7 deadly sins that you might commit on your way to cooking excellence. I’ll give you the heads up so that you can avoid these ‘Cooking Sins’ in order to cook good, and more importantly, edible food.
Sin # 1 – Cooking With Too High Heat
burnt-cooking most people think cooking on high flame is the trick to get your food fast. You might get your food fast and the skin of your protein food might be crispy and golden brown, or worse, burnt. Yes, a high flame can burn your dish without cooking it from the inside.
I’m sure no one likes raw food, especially when they don’t ask for it. You have to see the nature of your dish and adjust the flame according to that. Don’t let the haste sacrifice the deliciousness of the food. The most important takeaway here is to never boil something when it should be simmered.
Sin # 2 – Unfit Utensils
I’ve seen many people cooking for a large group in a small pot, which is only big enough itself to contain the ingredients. You need to pick a pot which does not suffocate your food because then it gets really stuffy, which ends up smashing the ingredients together, making it a wreck and ruining your presentation.
Every good chef knows that presentation is half of the cooking hassle. and so you don’t want to fail at the first impression of your dish. Secondly, there are a few ingredients that expand after boiling, for instance: pasta and rice. If you compromise on that, you will be compromising on the beauty of the serving.
Sin # 3 – Compromise On Ingredients
Dog CookingThere is substituted for some ingredients and as the masters of cooking have discovered, there is no harm in using them in emergency conditions. Now that’s where you are taking a risk. The risk is that the ingredients might give the same results for a few dishes, however, they can have disastrous effects for on other dishes.
The logic behind this is one that is understood by technical chefs, but mainly this happens because of a difference in the chemistry between the ingredients. For some, it goes well, for others it doesn’t. So the best thing you can do is only choose the alternative ingredient if you have perfect knowledge of its use. That doesn’t mean you should not take risks. This is just a pro-active measure.
Sin # 4 – Bad Measurements Of Ingredients
It’s not a huge sin to avoid measurements altogether in your cooking, but if unless you have the cooking acumen of Nigella Lawson, I suggest that you do take some form of estimation into your ingredients. Simply, the dish does not turn out the way it is supposed to and it might just result in a couple of disapproving shrugs at the dinner table.
For example, an ounce of extra soda can be a nightmare. Doubling the amount of baking powder in this chicken bread recipe could result in something just terrible. So it is better not to underestimate the power of any ingredient. There is really no harm in following the recipe. Yes, you can trust me on that!
Sin # 4 – Turning Sides Too Quickly
I understand that you are worried that both sides of your food won’t be cooked so you consistently switching them. However, turning sides too quickly spoils the temperament of the dish and fails to give it a crispy texture.
Worst case, it could also lead to your dish being under-cooked at times. The best thing to do is to cook one side with love, and then go for the other. This sin will only give you dead food that no one likes. Don’t be that cook whom everyone secretly hates!
Sin # 6 – Incomplete Pan Preparation
The worst thing you can possibly do while cooking pancakes are to forget the fact that the pan has to be hot before you spread the batter. This is just one example, but it applies to most dishes. Never put the ingredients first and then wait for them to heat. I cannot lay enough emphasis on the importance of this.
You should always avoid heating the pan before you have added oil to it, otherwise, you will just be damaging your utensil and your cooking excellence. This is because if the pan is really hot, adding oil to it will burn it too quickly and be dangerous for you. So you must avoid this sin at all costs. It’s unforgivable.
Sin # 7 – Not tasting The Dish
This one is more of a tip than a sin. Good chefs have built their experience in cooking, giving them the ability to make dishes that don’t spoil. However, they develop this superpower by tasting the dish while it is under preparation.
This specifically applies in the case of simple ingredients such as salt, sugar, and spices. These are all acquired tastes, and hence tasting while cooking helps ensure that you don’t make something too salty or too bland according to your own taste. Do not ignore these minor details as they can cost you a lot. So remember to taste as you cook!
These are just a few basics that a lot of people get wrong. There are many other things that can be added to this list, but this should serve as a good starting point.
That is all for now. Avoid these seven sins in your cooking and hopefully, you’ll improve your cooking skills by an estimated 33.2%. (Just kidding)
Best of luck with cooking without committing these sins, and please share some of the own common cooking troubles with us through the comments section.I