Over the years, I’ve come across a variety of people. When we talk, sometimes the topic drifts towards my love for food. Food is something that everyone on this planet has. There is no one on this Earth who has never eaten a morsel of food. So, this is something that people have some idea about.
Coming to my point, I’ve met two kinds of people, people who live to eat and people who eat to live. I don’t judge them upon their choice. That’s their philosophy about food. What I want to talk about here is cooking. What is a person’s stand when it comes to cooking food?
Many a times I’ve heard people say that they HATE to cook. I don’t understand why. It’s a wonderful skill to have. Having the ability to whip up something in the kitchen for you or for others is great! What could possibly be wrong with it?
One can cook because he/she is hungry or as a creative outlet. Whatever the reason maybe, why should one HATE cooking? What has cooking ever done to them?
So, here I try to breakdown some reasons why a person feels so negative about cooking.
7 Reasons Why You Hate To Cook And How You Can Help Yourself
1. You can’t cook
If you screw boiling water, you really can’t cook. If you accept this truth, you could actually work towards it the right way. Try to learn the basics by reading or watching video tutorials. There are so many YouTube channels which are dedicated to people like you. It’s really not difficult to learn the basics.
2. You don’t appreciate flavours
If you just don’t understand flavours, start appreciating it. Relish the food you eat. When you go out to eat, try to understand what you’re eating and wrap your head around it. Once you get a basic idea about flavours, you will understand what you would like to cook.
(There is a book by Niki Segnit called The Flavour Thesaurus. It’s a good read!)
3. You choose the wrong recipe
Friends coming over and you want to impress them with your culinary skills. Have you chosen a complicated recipe to begin with? That’s the wrong way to start. I know you want to create something magnificent, but remember that you’ve just started to cook. Some of the best dishes contain merely 4 to 5 ingredients. Take small steps and you can go a long way.
4. You don’t have ingredients
You’ve come home after a long day of work, hungry, and find nothing in your pantry? What do you do? Order take-out. Keep your kitchen stocked with basic ingredients to work with. Vegetables, meat, spices etc. should be readily available in your kitchen. However, don’t go crazy. Stock on a weekly basis and you should be good. With these few ingredients, you should be able to create a decent meal.
5. You suck at prep
The work involved before cooking is very important. If you are new to cooking, you really wouldn’t know this. Prepare your ingredients before you actually begin with the process of cooking. Cut your vegetables, keep your spices ready and above all, keep it clean! A clean kitchen counter will help in making the process simpler.
6. Ask for help
Don’t be shy if you need help. Once you’ve accepted that you are new to cooking, an extra hand in the kitchen should be welcomed. It’s nice to have someone helping you with their knife skill or expertise. Cooking won’t be a scary experience then.
7. Bad experience
Last but not the least, a bad experience. You might have had a kitchen disaster some time back. Don’t let that hinder you in the future. Take that as a learning experience and correct your mistakes. Cooking is about trial and error. Learn from your mistakes and be careful next time.
Now that you have figured out why you HATED cooking, understand the reason and correct it.
Everyone can cook if only they put their heart to it. See Masterchef and Junior Masterchef to see how a regular person can come up with exquisite dishes. Take small steps and before you know it, you could be great cook too!