How to get started in preparing more home cooked meals

By Esther Muchene | Fri,Nov 26 2021 09:30:00 EAT

 A home cooked meal [Courtesy]

Is it just me or do home cooked meals taste much better than bought food?

Of course, not everyone is a five-star chef but there’s something wonderful about the experience of preparing your own meals at home.

Do you agree?

Well, I tend to think so.

The good thing is anyone can learn how to be better at preparing their meals especially since there are many benefits of doing so.

You have the freedom to customize your recipes to your liking, you will have more room to eat healthier meals and you save a lot of money that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to save if you were buying your meals on a daily basis.

The other great thing is that there are no huge hassles when getting started on your home cooking journey. This is what you can do to make the process much easier for you.

Prep your ingredients early

Many people usually give up on cooking because it can sometimes be time consuming. The last thing you want to do after coming home from a busy day at work is to start preparing a meal from scratch.

An easy way to deal with this is sorting out your ingredients beforehand so you can save some time while preparing your meal.

You can try sparing sometime during the weekends or when you’re free to chop some onions and tomatoes, peel potatoes, cut your vegetables and basically prepare anything you will need during the week. This will greatly help you be more organized when it comes to your cooking schedule and saves you so much time.

Get the right tools

This era of technology has showered us with so many benefits even in the kitchen. There are always new appliances to help you prepare your meals even faster so maybe you should research on quality gadgets that can make things easy for you while getting your meals ready.

 Couple cooking at home [Courtesy]

Another secret aside from the modern gadgets is upgrading your everyday kitchen tools like your knives, pots and pans.

Using old and worn-out items will only stress you out more and further discourage you from being consistent.

Take one step at a time

The pressure to get it right can lead to anxiety surrounding home cooked meals. You often wonder if you’re doing the proper thing or if your food is actually good or merely bearable.

You shouldn’t have to worry about that because you can always start with what you know then gradually learn new cooking techniques and recipes.

You might home some backfired meals but that’s okay because no one is perfect anyway.

 Family cooking together [Courtesy]

Ask for help

Let go of the idea that you should always be able to handle everything in the kitchen by yourself. Sometimes we set unrealistic expectations only for everything to come crashing down.

If you can, hire someone to help in the kitchen especially when you’re having guests over. You can even decide to get a personal chef who will get you started at the beginning of every week so you won’t have a hard time.

Getting some extra help around the house doesn’t mean your lazy. It just means you’re smart enough to realize that you simply cannot handle everything alone.

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