There are plenty of markets and super-markets that are offering enough products to choose from, if you want to get something to eat. However, not everybody knows how to cook properly or, better said, not everyone knows how to cook a meal from scratch.
Usually, if you want to eat something, you simply take something that is already half-cooked, throw it in the microwave and push a button. Well, the truth is that the food that is cooked or baked at microwave is not good at all. That is also called processed food, as you have to do very little to eat it. Cooking is an art actually, and it requires not only respect, but also a close following of the recipes that are used.
Homemade meals are better, as you know exactly what is used for creating them. You are the one who is buying the ingredients, and all you have to do is mix them in the right order, so that you can eat healthier and better, compared to the fast food that is available in some restaurants or food stalls.
Here are some ideas about how to cook simple and efficiently, without eating fast food or processed food all the time.
Buy Fresh Ingredients
This is the most important aspect that should be respected before you start to cook something. No matter what you want to do, make sure that the ingredients you use are fresh, no older than a day or two. This means that you have to go to the market that day, or you should have bought them the day before. There are some products that have a short term of expiration, so look carefully when you buy them.
Choose Bio Products
This is a trend today, but it has a solid base. Bio products are those products obtained without pesticides or other harmful substances. For example, you can say about an egg that is ‘bio’ if the chicken was fed with grains that were not treated with pesticides, and if the same chicken comes from a certified bio farm. The same principle applies to every other product that you buy from the market, meaning those ingredients or products that can be cooked or used for cooking.
Check the Expiration Date
This is a mandatory procedure that you really have to pay attention to. Every time you buy something like milk, eggs, ham, cheese or other products that are sensitive, make sure you check the expiration date. If you believe that there was another label added on the original expiration date, don’t buy that product. Choose something else or don’t buy at all. If a product is expired, it can affect your health and it can also lead to food poisoning, which is not very pleasant.
Choose Recipes Based on Your Skills
If you know you are no chef, don’t choose a food recipe that is very complicated. You may know to read the cooking book, but some things can overwhelm you. If you are at the beginning of your “career” in the kitchen, choose something easy, which doesn’t require too much time. Each recipe is different, and you may succeed or not in doing it from the first time. It’s best to go slowly at first, especially if you are not experienced in cooking. Once you’ve got the hang of it, and you have tried several easier recipes, you can go to something more complicated.
Don’t be upset if the recipe doesn’t look like in the picture from the cooking book or from the site where you have seen it. It’s only natural that you are still learning and it may take you some time before you master different techniques. Go slowly and don’t feel discouraged, because cooking requires time and passion for this art!