Cooking is one of those things that can be a chore or a hobby, depending on how you look at it. We need to eat and, while you can order takeout or rely on ready meals, cooking is almost always the most cost-effective and healthiest way to fuel ourselves.
It can also be pretty delicious as well.
Cooking tasty food doesn’t have to be difficult either. Sometimes it just takes an extra touch of effort or another ingredient to level up your meal from something that will fuel you to something that will enrich you so much more.
The first step to making the best of every meal is to use the best ingredients you can. This isn’t to say that you only have to use the most expensive ingredients for every single meal, but a few quality ingredients can make a world of difference.
One ingredient that you should invest in has to be whole spices. When you buy spices in the store, you often get a small jar of pre-ground spices. These spices lose flavor far more quickly and are also more expensive than the alternative option.
The alternative option is, of course, whole spices. You can get a larger batch of whole spices and grind them yourself. It takes about thirty seconds to grind spices at home with an electric grinder, and the flavor difference is huge. Even better, the spices will be much cheaper, as you’re buying them in bulk.
As well as using quality ingredients, you can be creative with recipes and even fruit, vegetables, and meat choices. Even recipes that you’re familiar with can be tweaked by using different ingredients, as long as you understand the flavor profiles that you’re playing with.
If you tend to cook by following recipes in specific cuisines, consider mixing it up. Often, you can use the same ingredients in different ways or by incorporating different spices to make a completely different meal.
Maybe you won’t love everything you make, but the chances are that you’ll probably find a new favorite.
When do you finish cooking a meal? Is it when you take it off the heat and plate it up? For many people, this is a perfectly good time to finish the meal. But you still have an opportunity to take it to the next level.
It’s common to finish Italian food, especially pasta dishes with grated parmesan cheese or a similar hard cheese. This is especially important for simple dishes, as it adds another layer of flavor and texture to any meal.
Another common finishing touch would be a squeeze of lemon, a final sprinkle of salt and fresh black pepper, or fresh herbs. The key is that this finishing touch is a hit of flavor. An amazing finishing touch has to be infused olive oil because it’s an easy but delicious way to add this wonderful final flavor.