Cooking is an unnecessarily gendered skill because it should ultimately be a life skill. Having to rely on someone to give you food all the time is unrealistic and frankly unfair to the other person at times. So, if you have decided to start cooking for yourself either to learn an essential life skill or to save money on takeout and delivery, then good on you! Now, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when you first start cooking for yourself, and this guide might prove to be useful for you.
- Do not salt your food at the end. This will prevent the flavor from going into your protein, and at the same time, it also increases the chances of you over-seasoning your food. You should ideally season your food slowly throughout the cooking process.
- Do not buy a lot of produce at once because that increases the chances of the produce going bad or being neglected. You should do a quick cursory search over the shelf life of different produce so that you know what can be bought for immediate cooking and what can still be used a week later.
- If making sauces in a territory that you are scared of, then you can start with store-bought sauces and then slowly start moving towards making your homemade sauces. Making your sauces from scratch is healthier and cheaper in the long-run as well.
- There are easy-to-follow recipes that you can try out in the beginning and since they mention portion and serving sizes, you can be sure to cook for the right number of people.
- It is tempting to skip over the measuring cups and spoons or just confine them to baking, but they are important for cooking as well when you are following a recipe because those measurements are what allow for balance.