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Important Points to Note When Trying Out a Recipe for the First Time

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Trying out a new recipe may not be as easy as it sounds. I’d advise that before you start the cooking process, take out time to read the recipe from top to bottom, understanding it completely. This will not only help make the cooking process a lot easier, it will also help you have better knowledge of the dish you are creating. During your study of the recipe, you might need to ask yourself certain questions. It’s always best to start with the obvious.

  • Do I have all the ingredients listed in the recipe? If not,
  • Do I know where to get them? Are they easily accessible? If not,
  • Is there a way I can substitute an uncommon ingredient with one that is common?
  • Do I have the right kitchen equipment/gadget to create the recipe? Do I have the right pan sizes? Is an oven required? Do I have the right measuring cups and spoons?

Other questions to ask include;

  • Do I need to prepare anything ahead of time? Am I marinating my meat of fish? Am I soaking any of the ingredient in water before the actual cooking process?
  • Are there ingredients divided in the recipe or used twice or thrice?
  • Have I discovered the right heat temperature needed to create the recipe? Am I cooking with low heat or medium heat or high heat? Or do I have to pre-heat your oven? At what temperature am I pre-heating the oven?
  • Do I need a kitchen assistant to help in creating the recipe or can I handle it all by myself?

After you have successfully answered these questions and gotten all the necessary ingredients, the next thing to do is proceed with the cooking process.

  • An essential thing to do before starting is to ensure that you have a clean cooking space. It is stressful and extremely annoying when your work space is cluttered. Even if you have a one square foot of space, clear it and wipe it clean.
  • Next, measure out the ingredients needed and lay them on the counter top, in the order of which goes in first into the pot. This saves you a lot of time and takes away any confusion that may arise during the process.
  • Be sure to always clean-up after yourself each time a mess is made. Make sure your sink is always clear at every point in time. Don’t leave it till the end of the entire process, the work will look too tedious if you do.
  • Finally, ensure there is enough fridge or freezer space just in case you have to chill something or there are left-over meals you have to preserve.

You don’t need to create a TV- perfect setup, but you should do what it takes to feel comfortable in your kitchen before starting with the preparation of a new recipe.

Ingredients for Fried Ofada Rice laid out on my counter top.

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