I don't know how to cook!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I'm over the 40 mark (/cry) and I still don't know how to cook. I was married once (and only once ... lol) and even then I didn't cook. I've been at my current house for about 10 years and have never used the oven except to store pots. I use the stove as a counter.

How does someone who doesn't know how to cook learn how to cook? I am referring to the basics. I don't know what sautee is (did I even spell that right) or how to steam anything (isn't that what microwaves are for?).

When I read a recipe and they have instructions such as "brown it" or "whisk" or "using a slotted spoon," I might as well be reading a foreign language. "Minced garlic"? Do you buy it already minced or do you mince it? What is mincing? I thought cooking was either boiling or baking.


yaay for raw foods!

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    Wow, thank you for that info! You've already taught me more about cooking than anyone else in my entire life. lol

    I've been looking on youtube. I don't have cable so that's out, but I am hoping to find something online.

    Thanks again!

    2201 days ago
    Sautéed means to cook using a bit of oil, stirring frequently until tender. Browning something is exactly what it sounds like, cooking it until it is lightly brown on both sides (usually refers to meat - like ground beef, it goes from pink to brown when it is cooked). A slotted spoon is a large spoon with holes or slats in it so you can remove chunks of food from the Pan without getting the liquid (like when you cooked it in oil and need to drain Off the oil on paper towels). Whisk means to stir rapidly, using a whisk or fork. Minced means chopped in very small pieces. Usually garlic is whole when you buy it but they do sell minced for more money. It comes in a glass jar.

    My suggestion would be to watch some YouTube videos, or the cooking channel. A lot of cookbooks also have a section in them that discusses techniques. Cooking is not as hard as it seems when you are first starting out, and very rewarding.
    2201 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2012 11:08:11 PM
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