Benefits of Making Good Food Yourself
- Better satisfaction
- Adequate nutrients balance
- Better health and wellbeing
- Prevention of obesity and underweight by specially regulating intake of junk food
- Saves cost
- Better food quality
- Enhanced memory
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- The right instruments/utensils
- The right ingredients
- The right raw food materials
- The right knowledge
Tips To Make Your Food Taste Better
- Adequate time to cook: Knowing the right amount of time to cook food is very important. As a rule, raw food needs pre-cooked or added early in the cooking process. Raw meats and/or fish should be cooked properly. Also, vegetables are easily destroyed on over-cooking. Thus, they must not be overcooked. To achieve these, setting a timer or using a clock would be useful for beginners. But as you advance in the art, you can then easily estimate the amount of time needed to properly cook food.
- Adequate water: There is no single particular rule for the amount of water needed to properly cook food without making too soft or too hard, because every food have its own water requirements. You should check for water ratio to food for the kind of food you want to cook.
- Add seasonings to taste: Many people just add seasonings to food without ensuring that the desired taste have been attained. For example, they would just add a whole seasoning satchet or cube to any volume of food even if the food may require more or less of those seasonings.It is important to use seasonings in proportions that meet personal or group taste. And not simply using the manufacturer's fixed amount of satchets. What this means is that, your desired amount of seasoning to make a food taste better can even be half or a quarter or one and a half sachet or cube, depending on what your taste specifies as adequate.
- Season food gradually: Well, maybe the more you are involved in cooking, the better you will be able to predict required amount of seasoning to use, but it is always safer for everyone at different cooking levels to season food little at a time and compare taste each time. For instance, if you need to salt your rice, you would need to gradually add it in batches of say, half table spoonfuls, while you successively reduce this amount rather than just measuring up to 3 spoons at a go. This is to ensure that you get the desired taste as much as possible.
- Spread your seasoning evenly and stir properly: Have you heard of the word "mosaic". Mosaic is when you have different patterns on the same object, which could be patches of colour. Poorly seasoned food can also have a mosaic pattern if the right amount of seasonings is not evenly distributed, such that, you have a part of the same food tasting bland and another part tasting over-seasoned. To avoid this, let your fingers or whatever you are using to add the seasoning be made to first spread the seasoning around the food and then lightly stirring afterwards.
- Raw food that requires intensive cooking should come first or even pre-cooked.
- Vegetables like tomatoes, onions and okra in tropical foods should come last ot very close to last.
- Flavour-enhancing ingredients like crayfish and dried fish should also come close to last.