Although it may sound a bit strange but cook is the main variable in any recipe. Even experienced cooks may end up making a different version out of a tried recipe. This happens with everyone. So don’t worry if you have done it this time.
10. Using more salt than required
Salt is a very important ingredient in food. If not used in correct proportion, it can really spoil the taste of your dish. Thus, it is always a good idea to use less salt and add more if required after tasting it. In case you end up putting a bit more salt, lemon juice can be added to cut the saltiness.
9. Boiling instead of simmering
Although you may think that there is not much difference between the two ways of cooking, but it does change the taste especially in the case of meat. So, you must keep a watch on the food and simmer it if needed.
8. Putting a lot in a pan to cook
It is always recommended that you cook the food in batches in case the quantity is more. Overcrowding of food in one pan can result in improper cooking and thus food can lose its taste.
7. Inaccurate use of water in rice
The amount of water to be used in preparing rice must be measured accurately. Inaccurate measurements can change the look and the taste of the rice to a great extent. The rule of thumb is the level of water should be ¾ inch above the rice.
6. Overcooking food
Cooking the food more than required does not only spoil the taste but also kill the essential nutrients present in them. So, you must keep a check at regular intervals to see if the food is done.
5. Cooking before the pan heats up
Food can also lose its taste when put in a pan that is not heated up. Even if you are rushing, you should always ready the pan by heating it. Once done, you can add the food to be cooked. Putting the food in a cold pan can sometimes lead to food sticking at the bottom.
4. Not tasting food
It is always recommended that you taste the food at intervals while cooking. Recipe books do not necessarily provide the exact measurements especially for spices. Thus, tasting your food can make a big difference in your recipes.
3. Replacing baking powder with baking soda
People often get confused between the use of baking soda and baking powder. These are two different ingredients. In fact, baking powder is composed of baking soda. These two also differ in their proportions while using in recipes. So, one should be careful in adding these in the food.
2. Not understanding recipe properly
Before actually starting any recipe, it is really important to understand the terms being used. For example, words like chop, slice, cut have different meanings. Slight changes in the recipe can lead to a different final product. So, it is imperative to read the instructions carefully.
1. Using a Lot of water than required
Too much quantity of water can also spoil the taste of any dish which is being cooked. Hence, adequate amount should be used as per the requirement.