During the financial crisis it seems that take always have only increased in popularity (much to the detriment of the average UK waistline!) However, as the economy picks up it seems that restaurants are once more becoming the order of the day as an affordable luxury.
For the truly savvy however, home is, and has been, where the heart is, and there is no better a place for enjoying cooking than in one’s own space.
So in this guide we look at a few reasons why home cooking is the tastiest of all.
What is that makes home cooking taste so great?
There are many reasons why home cooking tastes so much better than food eaten elsewhere; from being able to experiment with flavours and ingredients to immersing yourself in a cooking processes of which you can produce something to be proud of.
Additionally you are able to cook to your own tastes and of course, you know where every single ingredient has come from. With all that said, there are still plenty of ways that you can make your home cooking taste better, and here follows just 6!
How you can make home cooking taste better – 6 tips
1. Use fresh ingredients
The number one way to make home cooking taste all the better is achieved through using fresh ingredients. The difference between fresh and canned and/or frozen foods can be dramatic, so shopping on the day for that special meal for fresh ingredients is highly advisable. To accompany your freshly made meal, why not serve some beautiful bread baked fresh on the day?
2. Go organic
Whilst it’s not realistic for all households to go entirely organic it certainly is advisable to consider switching at least some of your products. In particular, your fruit and veg should serve as staple ingredients that are organic or, failing that, choose to go organic for one fresh meal a week.
3. Take a trip to the local farm shop or farmer’s market
A common misguided notion is that farm shops and farmer’s markets are significantly more expensive than the average supermarket prices. In actuality however, supermarkets invariably tend to be cheap on a large number of lines, only to hike their prices up on others. Additionally, the range of fresh foods, cheeses and meats at farm shops and farmer’s markets are unparalleled and you’re likely to discover all manner of food that you’ve previously not tasted. Perfect for inspiration if you’re feeling fed up with day to day cooking.
4. Find out where your food comes from
Finding out about where the ingredients you use come from is far more important than many people think. As organic foods have become increasingly popular, this has at least entered consumer’s consciousness, but there remain relatively few that are truly knowledgeable about where their food comes from (in particular, their meat). Ask at your local farmer’s market about supermarket foods, or if you’re feeling brave search online!
5. Try a new meal or ingredient once a week
The phrase ‘variety is the spice’ of life is never truer than when applied to food and home cooking. So get creative and make sure you try a new ingredient or meal every week.
6. Get the ambience right
Think that your home surroundings can’t resemble your favourite restaurants? Think again! Enjoying food very much depends upon the environment you’re in and if you’re eating off your lap you not doing the food you’ve created justice. Additionally, if your dining room doubles as a lounge/living room then try and mentally and physically separate the dining/living areas by using a screen or curtain. Finish your table with some candles and put on some relaxed music for a bit of ambience.
So there you have it. These tips might not make you a genius home cook overnight, but they will help to make whatever you cook taste a little better – and that’s a good start.