So, you want to be a home gourmet chef? If you want to take your home cooking to the next level, there are a variety of skills you should learn first. These five skills are things every aspiring home chef should learn. As you start to master these skills, you can begin to master more difficult things that will really propel you to the next level.

How to Use a Knife

The average home chef often holds their knife wrong, which isn’t only unsafe, it’s also incredibly inefficient. People typically hold their knife with their index finger on top of the blade. What you should be doing instead is putting your index finger on one side and your thumb on the other side of the blade while your remaining fingers hold the handle. This offers you more control over the blade.

How to be Organized

An organized kitchen is the best way to an efficient and timely way of cooking. Professional chefs have incredibly organized kitchens, and they know exactly where to find everything in their kitchens. If you can learn how to be organized, you’ll be well on your way to gourmet home chef status.

How to Read a Recipe

Learning how to read a recipe is one of the most important skills a home chef can have. And reading recipes is more than just knowing what ingredients to use. Chefs read recipes and know how to prepare everything ahead of time. As you learn this skill, you can prepare your recipes like a pro and find that you’re saving time in the process.

How to Measure Ingredients.

Amateur home chefs often measure in dashes and pinches, which works well enough for some ingredients and recipes. However, more complex recipes require precision. Too much or too little of an ingredient can ruin an entire recipe. Professional chefs know how to measure their ingredients precisely, and when you measure like a chef, your recipes will turn out right every time.

How to be Sustainable

From the beginning of time, chefs have learned how to respect the earth from which your food comes. This means using every part of the ingredient, whether it be animal or plant. Being a sustainable chef allows you to plan properly to use or store every part of the food which you are cooking. This can help you save money in the long run, as well as help you garner more respect for the planet from which our food comes.

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