1. Invest in quality utensils and ingredients
Pots, boards, cutlery, brushes, graters, cutters... There are several utensils that can help you become a good chef. Adequate physical space and the appliances needed to make certain recipes, such as a bench, stove, oven, blender and multiprocessor, also make a lot of difference when cooking.
Getting quality utensils for your kitchen turns out to be a big investment, so do it slowly and gradually, prioritizing the items you consider most essential, adapting them to your cooking style and your goals as a cook.
It is also worth mentioning that the use of higher quality ingredients is also a very important factor in the preparation of a dish. Although, most of the time, they have a higher price, they end up making up for it in flavor. If you've ever made a sweet recipe using cocoa powder instead of industrial chocolate milk, you know how different and tasty the result is in the end.
Evaluate your recipe's ingredient list and make choices based on availability and occasion. A special dinner can be worth the investment! But this is not necessarily a rule. There are recipes that combine more with simple ingredients, while others demand premium ingredients. Again, it all depends on your style in the kitchen and how you want to prepare the recipes.
2. Organization is the key to success
Even more important than having quality utensils is knowing how to organize and use them in the best possible way. Therefore, it is essential that you have a lot of organization when preparing your recipes, thus optimizing your time and bringing more assertiveness to the preparation.
Leave only the essentials on your counter, so you don't get confused and there's always plenty of room to prepare the recipe. When slicing or cleaning the ingredients, separate them into different refractories and leave them reserved until the moment they are actually used.
3. Knowledge is never too much
Books, courses, lectures and even follow great chefs and references in the area on social networks - everything is valid to add knowledge and stay on top of new techniques. Nobody better than culinary experts to inspire you on how to be a great chef.
On our website, you will find several practical and delicious recipes, in addition to other articles with tips and relevant content about food. Discover the foods that go with each type of Knorr product and be inspired to create dishes full of flavor, color and life.
4. Test and make your own recipes
They say that the real challenge of a good chef is not theory, but practice. Correcting the amount of salt or cooking time for a given recipe are things that can only be learned by testing, so don't be afraid to innovate and, if you make a mistake, try again.
Discover recipes that combine ingredients you never thought of, creating unusual and creative combinations. Making a dish that has its essence and its originality is an essential part of forming your style in the kitchen, so again, experiment and don't be afraid to make mistakes.
5. Hygiene and safety when cooking
When you take on a role in the kitchen, know that with it comes many responsibilities and chores. One of the most important is, without a doubt, the correct hygiene of food, especially in times of crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Tatiana Zanin, nutritionist and founder of the Tua Saúde portal, to properly wash fruits and vegetables, you can use baking soda or bleach, which, in addition to eliminating dirt and traces of possible pesticides in food, also sanitize and combat viruses and bacteria, such as the coronavirus itself.
The cleaning process is very simple: wash the food in warm soapy water, removing the most visible dirt. Then let them soak in a container with a liter of water and a little baking soda or unscented bleach for about 15 minutes. Finally, wash them again and remove excess chemicals used in the previous step.
Another important factor that must be taken into account is the allergic and inflammatory reactions that people have when consuming certain foods. Therefore, it is always essential to know who you are cooking for and, if this is not possible, to clarify the ingredients used in its preparation.
6. Do it for love
The most important tip on this list is the last one, without a doubt. As much as, due to the rush of everyday life, cooking is not always a very pleasant task, it can often be a therapeutic activity! So always remember to put a dash of love into your kitchen style.
It's no use knowing how to make complex and advanced recipes if there's no dedication or appreciation when preparing them. Whether by professional means or a simple hobby, cooking requires patience and commitment. So take the situation with subtlety and, of course, a lot of love.
According to a study carried out by the Journal of Positive Psychology, a journal that presents the latest scientific discoveries related to happiness and personal fulfillment, cooking daily can help you deal with stress and also helps you to put your head in place. , giving more enthusiasm to face the challenges of the coming days.
Another benefit identified in the study was the creative development in people who used to cook daily. Therefore, if you work in an artistic field or one that requires creativity, if you have a creative block, you already know what to do, don't you? Grab your apron and cookbook and get your hands dirty!
Much more than doing for others, cooking can also help you deal with your own internal problems. Discovering your style in the kitchen, whether it be more practical and agile or more dedicated and meticulous, is essential to reap the therapeutic benefits of cooking.
Once again, we invite you to take the test at the top of this page to identify the chef that exists within you, in addition to checking out recipes that match your style.