Confidence is key in the kitchen. But, I also think it's lacking in the kitchen for many people. Recently, I've had conversations with people close to me around the topics of meal planning, cooking and just getting started. After thinking about these conversations, I realized all of these people lacked confidence in the kitchen. They lacked confidence in different ways, but in some way or another, lacked confidence in the process.
Don’t fear the kitchen! Embrace it! Be confident in your taste buds because they will guide you. And that is the beauty in cooking. We are in control in what we eat because we make it exactly how we like it. Whether you like things spicy, sweet, savory, hot, cold, soft, grainy, etc. Whatever it may be - make it yours! And do so with confidence!
Below are 4 tips of mine to boost your confidence in the kitchen today.
MISE EN PLACE
Mise en place is a French culinary term that translates to "everything in it's place." This is one of the most important ways to be successful in the kitchen. And this will build your confidence. Nothing is worse than getting halfway through a recipe to realize you don't have an ingredient or forgot to preheat the oven or have to chop a lot of of vegetables. So, mise en place is a great practice to be in because it means you get everything you need to cook a recipe before you start. This means all the ingredients, cooking equipment, utensils, pans, etc. EVERYTHING. This is make the recipe and cooking go super smooth and even faster.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO "FAIL" OR MAKE MISTAKES.
Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” I love this quote. I think we can use this way of thinking in so many different ways in our lives. And that definitely includes in the kitchen. I believe that there are not any failures in the kitchen. What I believe is that everything is a lesson. You have found many (maybe 10,000) ways to not cook or eat something, but that doesn't mean you should give up on that food, technique, etc. Keep trying and eventually you'll find a way that you love. Keep that food, but cooked different ways. Or try that same techniques with different foods.
START WITH WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW.
Cooking doesn't have to be fancy or stressful. Make it delicious and make it yours. Truly you get one with the other. Take a recipe that you already feel comfortable with and use that one to get creative. For example, if you always use a jarred marinara sauce for your pasta. Try making a homemade sauce with similar flavors. Start small.
GET IN THE KITCHEN.
This is the best way to be more confident. The more you get in the kitchen, the more you learn and experience. This will give you 100% more confidence because you're doing it.
I hope these tips give you more confidence in the kitchen. Have fun with cooking and make it yours. What are some other ways that make you feel confident in the kitchen? Share with us by commenting below or #mealplanningmethod.