How To Get Into The Kitchen And Start Cooking For College Students | Arts and lifestyle
With the new year in full swing, resolutions might also follow. Whether these resolutions are still in place or have long since been abandoned, it’s possible that one resolution on any given student’s list was to learn to cook. While learning a new skill, especially an essential skill like cooking, can seem incredibly daunting, here are some tips and tricks to get you started on the right track in the new year.
If you grew up in a household where cooking was an act of survival, rather than a time of bonding and fun with friends and family, the true joy of cooking may be lost. Likewise, you may have never learned to cook, or learned minimal survival recipes, and you may never have had fun in your kitchen.
As ridiculous and simple as it may sound, finding recipes that spark inspiration for cooking and the desire to get into the kitchen can definitely help in learning to cook. Whether it’s scrolling online to look for new ideas – Pinterest is a great place for it – browsing old family recipes or blindly experimenting with ingredients to create something delicious – or gross, but you won’t know until if you try – the first step in your culinary journey comes from having a passion for what you are about to do. Some other easy ideas can be roasted vegetables, soup, or baked goods from scratch.
Once you have a recipe in mind, the next step would be to start cooking; however, this too can be incredibly intimidating for any novice chef. Between abbreviations, conversions and measurements, the simple fact of setting foot in a kitchen can cause stress for some. Having someone in the kitchen to guide you on the right path and provide a comforting presence can be helpful for some, but it’s not always accessible to everyone.
In this situation, YouTube is a great option. YouTube has thousands of “Cook with Me” videos (similar to videos like “Study with Me” or “Get Ready with Me” genres, but focused on meal preparation – with recipes ranging from the famous pasta to vodka from Gigi Hadid at a Lemon Pepper Chicken Steak Dinner with Mashed Potatoes Although you don’t have to follow the recipe in the video, but it may be easier if you do, have the company another person while you cook can make the experience a little more enjoyable.YouTube also has hundreds, if not thousands, of cooking tips videos for beginners and advanced cooks, covering basics from skill to knife to the correct cooking of the pasta.
UMass Boston also offers cooking classes for students hosted by Sodexo, the campus food supplier. These courses are perfect for students looking to expand their culinary skills and gain some cooking knowledge, while allowing students to learn how to cook meals such as steak and mashed potatoes and then be able to enjoy the meal. If you remember the meal preparation steps correctly, you even have a chance to win a cutting board to take home!
More importantly, practice is key. As redundant as it sounds, practice really does make for an improvement, and while it might be easier to put a frozen pizza in the oven and consider that dinner, it’s not very nutritious. With that, ordering delivery every day can get expensive, and many students often don’t have the budget to take out on a regular basis.
All great chefs had to start somewhere, and even Gordon Ramsey sometimes makes mistakes in the kitchen. Spoiling is part of the nature of cooking, and rather than dwelling on mistakes, try to salvage what you can and grow from your mistakes. In no time, you’ll be creating something to be proud of.