Start Cooking Gluten-Free
With the popularity of social media, cooking gluten-free is no longer an activity confined to the walls of your kitchen. Whether you’re a college student or an amateur chef, and as long as you have an interesting recipe, your dish could be the next trending story across the globe. In a way, this phenomenon has given a new meaning to the classic phrase – you eat with your eyes first.
As reported by the Independent, 71% of Brits have attributed their newly learned cooking skills to social media. Additionally, 43% view cooking as a rewarding activity. Whether you’re already part of the online cooking bandwagon or looking to hop on, this article by Gluten-Free Living takes you through some amazing ways to sharpen your cooking skills and showcase them to the world!
Cooking gluten-Free – Research Recipes
Social media platforms i.e., TikTok and Instagram are great places to follow trending cooking content. If you prefer following a particular niche, let’s say gluten-free foods, you’ll find various personalities, from professional chefs to home cooks uploading new and innovative dishes each day.
If you find a dish that you like, head over to YouTube to find a detailed video covering the complete recipe and the steps involved in making the dish. While watching, start paying attention to the various measurement metrics used, such as a litre of water, two teaspoons of paprika, etc. These are fundamentals of cooking that you need to know before you get your hands dirty.
Learn How to Shop
Ever wondered why chefs always emphasize using fresh ingredients? According to Fresh Ideas, fresh produce is free of preservatives such as wax, sodium, and sugar used commonly by stores to keep the produce sellable for longer. Additionally, they have higher nutritional value and make food taste better.
The best place to buy produce from is your local farmer’s market. Being in the market allows you to interact with the ingredients, understand their texture, size, and smell. Additionally, looking at the prices will make you understand just how affordable it is to cook at home rather than eating outside.
Cook and Experiment
Now that you have developed some basic knowledge and bought ingredients, it’s time to enter the kitchen. It’s a good idea to replay the YouTube video and follow it as a step-by-step guide. When you’re in the thick of things, it can get pretty loud in the kitchen with sounds of chopping vegetables, sizzling pans, and more, making it easy to miss crucial instructions given in the video. Hence, while cooking, opt to use portable Bluetooth speakers which you can safely place away from the stove and follow instructions with ease.
When starting out, try to follow recipes to the T to get an idea about how the food is supposed to taste. However, when you get the hang of the basic things, it’s time to start adding your twist to things. For example, your favourite dish could be butter garlic shrimp, but you’re someone who loves spice. Go ahead and add a few chillies and red peppers into the mix to give it the flaming taste you crave.
There really isn’t a right or a wrong way to make a dish, especially when you’re making it for yourself.
Share it with The World.
Now that you’ve done the hard work, it’s time to flaunt it. Click an amazing picture of your dish, include your recipe and the twist in the caption, use trending hashtags and click upload. Voila! You are now officially part of the bandwagon. Using hashtags allows those with the same tastes as you to view your posts with ease. It’s a great way to connect with others, find accounts that promote recipes you like and grow your knowledge.
If you replicate a dish from your favourite local restaurant, don’t forget to tag them as it is a really good (and recognised) way to show your appreciation for their food, and who knows – you might just get a discount on your next meal.
Learning to cook is one of the best skills you can learn. It helps you to eat more healthily, save money, and satisfy your cravings. Through social media, everything you need is handed to you on a platter, so learn to take the best advantage of it.
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