Being a good cook is not just a matter of having the skills to cook something impressive to show off in front of your friends and family. It is in the little things, too. The ones you practice every day that shape your cooking skills into a more effortless and enjoyable part of your day. Like the habit to clean immediately after you have made the mess or learn the techniques of mise en place. Picking up new habits in the kitchen will greatly affect your cooking skills and experience.
Wear an Apron
You’ve probably noticed the little holes on your clothes and presumed they were caused by bugs. Think again. When you are near the counter it is very easy for the button on your pants to tear the wear. Putting on an apron can save your clothes from burns, food splatters and those mysterious holes. Moreover, they are also a handy way to carry a towel with you.
Use a Garbage Bowl
Garbage bowl is a must in the kitchen. It can save you from the needless trips to the recycle bin and will keep your counter space clean. It is way more efficient and will save you time. For more big cooking projects it is good to take the garbage can out of the cupboard and set it by the corner of the counter so you can easily drop everything there.
Clean as You Go
Whenever you drop something on the floor - pick it up right away. Just imagine how much cleaning there will be if you have dropped a strawberry and someone stepped on it. Cleaning it up immediately will leave you with more free time after the cooking is over.
Learn New Techniques
The first thing you learn when you go to culinary school is the way of “Mise en place”. Translated from french it literally means “putting in place”. It is used by chefs to organise and arrange the ingredients that the dish will require. Taking time in doing this upfront will actually save you time when it’s time to cook. With everything laid out on the counter you will be more organised and efficient. It is less likely to add twice sugar or salt and you’ll not be scrambling to find the spice right when you need it the most. This trick is as useful for professional chefs, as it is for home cooks.
Wash Your Hands
It is probably obvious but washing your hands is one of the things some people skip to do.Try to implement this new habit and start washing your hands
- Before cooking
- After you have worked with fish, eggs and raw meat
- After you have cleaned your cooking work space
Try to Cook Slowly
The easiest way to minimise the mess is just to cook more slowly. This way you will pay more attention to what’s happening, measuring and chopping and wiping from time to time is probably the best way to stay neat. Do not try to do too much at once as you may ruin the dish.
Regular Cleaning of The Appliances
It may sound annoying and time consuming, but regular maintenance of your kitchen tools is a habit every household should have. Spending between 3 and 4 hours to clean your kitchen requires some organisation and consistency. Probably the most time consuming chore is the oven cleaning. You will need to pay extra attention when you disassemble the parts so that you can assemble it again later. Cleaning the residue of grime from the walls can be terribly exhausting as a whole, but if the burnt stains are stubborn and cannot be cleaned, then you should probably use the services of professional oven cleaning.
Useful Kitchen Tools
Keep your knives sharp by regularly honing them. This way they will be longer in good working order. If, however, they are still dull after the honing, then maybe it is high time you bought new ones. Cutting boards are also being neglected, while they are essential tool in the kitchen. You can use flexible cutting mat on top of the cutting board when you transfer the chopped food, so that you don’t drop them on the floor.