Cooking without a recipe sounds crazy, right? But it’s actually not as hard as It sounds! Plus, learning how to cook without a recipe is sure to take your cooking to the next level. So how do you accomplish such a feat? Here’s a couple of our favorite tricks!
1. Stock up on the essentials
Always make sure you have the essentials in your pantry/refrigerator. Foods like pasta, rice, eggs, flour, sugar, butter, beans, oils and vinegars, etc. are good choices to stock up on. As long as you have the essentials on hand, you’ll be able to easily whip up all kinds of dishes!
2. Learn how to make substitutions
There are many recipes that call for specialty ingredients. Instead of buying a whole jar of something that you know you won’t be able to use up, learn how to make easy substitutions instead. Learning how to make substitutions will make it that much easier to whip up new recipes when you’re in a pinch.
3. Memorize the basics
It’s easy to get creative with your cooking once you have the basics memorized. Recipes like roasted chicken, spaghetti sauce and pizza dough are great recipes to master! And once you master the basics, it will make it that much easier to start thinking outside of the box when you’re cooking.
4. Add ingredients little by little
When you’re cooking without a recipe, it’s always easier to add an ingredient than to take it away. Ingredients like salt, vinegar, sugar and spices should be added sparingly at first. Taste the dish while you’re cooking to gauge whether or not additional flavorings or seasonings are needed. Keep in mind that if you aren’t able to taste the dish (for example raw meat that has to be cooked), you’ll want to think about what each ingredient adds to the dish so that you can make a good guess of what to add ahead of time.
5. Cook with your senses
One of the best ways to master cooking without a recipe is to learn how to cook with your senses. While cooking, taste your dish and make adjustments if necessary. If you can’t taste it, smell it to see if it’s on par with what you are looking for. And if you’re making baked goods, pay attention to how the dough looks or feels. If it looks to dry or crumbly, add extra liquids. If it’s too sticky, add more flour.
6. Don’t worry about the measurements
When you’re cooking, it may feel crazy to not measure everything. But, after a while you’ll get used to adding a dash of this or a pinch of that to your dishes.
7. Write things down
Not every dish is going to turn out great, but some of them are sure to be a hit! When you make a recipe that your family loves, make sure to write it down as chances are you won’t remember how the extra flourishes you added. And if you made mistakes along the way, keep track of that too so that you won’t make the same mistakes the next time around.
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