3 Ways to Try New Things in the Kitchen

Most people generally rotate the same fifteen meals or so throughout their monthly life, and often dip in a new experiment here and t...

Most people generally rotate the same fifteen meals or so throughout their monthly life, and often dip in a new experiment here and there. But for the most part, without making a conscious effort to try new foods, people generally tend to stick to the same ingredients time and time again. We've tried a variety of food delivery services like Blue Apron, Home Chef, Dinnerly, and EveryPlate - but many have been overly expensive or the ingredients stopped being so fresh after so many deliveries. So learning some new recipes and meals to add into what I tend to gravitate toward can make dinner feel a little less boring sometimes.

For me, cooking can oftentimes feel like a hassle, but there is something about following directions on a recipes and chopping ingredients that can also be relaxing in a way. But why would you want to make an effort to try and expand your cooking range, and your taste of new cultures? Well for one, "travel through the taste buds" is a real thing. Two, you gain a real culinary training, understanding, and appreciation for the history of certain cuisines, and why some dishes have stood the test of time. On top of that you also gain renewed confidence in your ability to put together a meal that actually tastes pretty great.

Check out these three tips that could be beneficial in your experience with trying and cooking new foods.

Equip Yourself

It can often be that in order to truly make the most out of our ingredients and perfect new recipes, we need to be well equipped. It's likely you may need certain utensils to get the best out of a certain cuisine, or perhaps new cooking methods such as a steam basket to help you get that truly authentic taste. It might seem like equipping yourself is costly, and that can certainly feel like an obstacle. I also recently found this really great new Target kitchen/home brand that's well-made and was really inexpensive, so we finally replaced some of our Dollar Tree pans. Also, if you think about how long well-maintained kitchen appliances can last for, you’ll realize that this is an approach worth taking.

Gain Authentic Ingredients

It’s important to shop for authentic ingredients, not just ingredients that have been inspired by that authenticity yet fail to honor them as well as they could. For this reason, you might want to consider looking into deliverable and convenient home grocery services, such as Lagos Groceries. Here you could find some of the most delectable Nigerian foods, and educate yourself to a higher degree. Only when we’re cooking with authentic ingredients, and trying to learn how to make things from scratch, will we really succeed in creating authentic and delicious combinations to try. On top of this, be sure to eat out and enjoy the cuisine you’re hoping to learn, as this will grant you plenty of taste inspiration for the kitchen.

Take A Cookery Course

This is definitely something I would love to eventually give a try. A culinary course designed to teach you international cuisine will likely be stocked with people in the beginning stages of learning, too, so you can feel less embarrassed if you have no clue what you're doing. Not only that, but there’s probably nothing more enjoyable than cooking and sharing that process with others, so this can serve as a brilliant social experience at the same time (if you know, you're into socialization - which I'm often not, unless it's people I already know).

With these tips, you’re certain to expand your culinary repertoire and maybe learn to enjoy the cooking experience (if it's something you don't currently love).

Would you love to expand your cooking skills? What are some things that have been helpful to you?

*This is a collaborative post. 

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