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If there’s one thing that can have a dramatically positive impact on your life, it’s learning how to enjoy cooking at home. Let’s just take a look at some of the benefits. For one thing, it’ll allow you to eat healthier and tastier meals. It’ll also help to save you a lot of money, and you’ll also be giving yourself a valuable, lifelong skill. That’s plenty of goodness that can come from preparing dinners in your own kitchen. But of course, to get those benefits, you’ll need to enjoy cooking at home — if you don’t, then you’ll be back ordering takeout in no time.
In this blog, we’re going to look at some useful tips for learning to love cooking at home.
Make Your Kitchen Homey
The first step towards enjoying cooking is to enjoy the space in which you’re doing it. If your kitchen is old, grimey, and cluttered, then you’ll do anything to avoid spending time there. On the other hand, if you have a kitchen that puts a smile on your face every time you walk into the space, then you’ll be more than happy to get in there. There are a bunch of things you can do to create a more enjoyable kitchen, including investing in new appliances, clearing away anything that doesn’t need to be there, and keeping it clean and tidy.
Learn Some Delicious Recipes
If you don’t have any good recipes in your locker, then your kitchen will begin to look like a blank canvas when you have no painting ideas. There’ll come a point when your cooking skills are so good that you won’t need recipes, but in the early days, it’s best to follow someone else’s recipe. The key thing is to pick a good recipe; a substandard recipe won’t cut the mustard! If you’re looking for something delicious and comforting, give this recipe for baked mac n cheese a try. It’s easy enough to make, but it’s also super tasty — it’ll be a big hit with whoever you serve your food to!
Make it Simple
It’s easy for cooking newcomers to overcomplicate the process. Before long, they’re drowning under the weight of the responsibility — and that’s enough to make anyone turn their back on their kitchens. The best approach is to make the process as straightforward as possible. So what does ‘making it straightforward’ mean? It’s essentially just about keeping things simple. You might have grand plans to make a seven-course meal, but unless you have extensive experience in the kitchen, your idea will be likely to go up in flames (perhaps even literally!).
Clean as You Go
Some people like the idea of cooking. Most people hate the idea of cleaning. Even if you’ve enjoyed the meal that you’ve made, having to spend an hour or so cleaning up after the meal is finished can be a real buzzkill. As such, it’s recommended that you take the time to clean as you go. You’ll always have a few spare moments when you’re cooking (waiting for water to boil, over to get hot, etc.), so rather than just standing there, get into the habit of wiping down services, cleaning items, and so on. You’ll always have some work to do after the meal is over, but you can reduce that work by around 80% if you clean while you’re cooking.
Add Some Fun Elements
If you go into the kitchen with a bad attitude, then of course you’re going to hate cooking! However, if you try to make it as fun as possible, then you’ll be on your way to having a good time. To do this, look at adding some fun elements to your cooking process. This can involve opening a bottle of wine, putting on some music, and dancing around. If you can get into the swing of doing these things, then you might just find that you actively look forward to your evenings in the kitchen.
Enjoy the Dinner
There’s no avoiding the fact that cooking takes time. There are some meals you can make in twenty minutes or so, but not too many — the majority of meals will require an hour or so of your time. So if you’re going to put in that effort, be sure to actually enjoy the meal you’ve prepared. You’ll find that the meal was worth your time if you sit down with your loved ones, savor each bite, and make the dining experience an event. It’s much better than eating in front of the TV!