5 good cooking habits we all need

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Here’s something I teach my students when trying out a new recipe, or when making a recipe you’re not very familiar with.

  1. Check the ingredient list before you start.  Make sure you have everything you need or know what can be substituted if you don’t.  For example, if you have an allergy to eggs use an egg replacer or another ingredient that you have on hand.
  2. Weights and measures: Always follow the measurements the first time around. Translate all the ingredients on your recipe into weight measurements where possible.  In Australia, we use the metric system but not everywhere in the world does.  A lot of recipes online come from the States.  They use the Imperial system and have their own measurements for tablespoons and cups that are different from ours. Download our Free Conversion Chart.
  3. Read the method before you start. If you don’t understand it, it’s best to know now before you get halfway through and you don’t know what to do next.
  4. Prepare your equipment: If your recipe requires that you get your oven turned on and prepare your tin, pan or tray – do that first.  Some recipes ask you to pop things in the fridge/freezer or let things rest for a while before doing anything, so turning your oven on straight-up might be a waste of energy (but if you’ve read your method, you’ll know that – won’t you????).
  5. Prepare your ingredients: Get all the ingredients out and prepare as the ingredient list states.  For example, your recipe might say
    1. “1 Carrot peeled and cut into batons.”
    2. Have the batons ready, so you can continue with the recipe as you need to in the method.

I might be showing my age here, but when I was at school, we were still in the dark ages in Australia using imperial measurements.  Yep for you youngins, that’s inches, pounds and ounces.  I was working when the changes came in, and I can tell you there was such drama.  Once the dust settled, everyone realised that we’d made the right choice as a nation to go to Metric.  It is so much easier to add, divide and multiply grams as opposed to pounds and ounces.  If you want consistency in your baking, do the conversion step, it only takes a minute.  don’t forget to download our free conversion chart to help you.

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