1. Prepping ingredients as you cook
If you want to save time and end up with a tastier meal, you should definitely have all your ingredients measured out and prepped before you start the cooking process, not during.
2. Forgetting to read the entire recipe first
You should always read it through at least once before even turning on the stove. You’ll not only see the needed ingredients, but you’ll also be able make sure that you have all of the necessary tools.
3. Storing meats on the top shelf of your fridge
Storing meats on the bottom ensures that if it drips, it won’t get the nasty juices all over your RTE foods.
4. Never cleaning your fridge
You should be cleaning your fridge weekly, but if you find this daunting, try giving it a deep clean at least once a month.
5. Leaving fruits and veggies on the counter vs. fridge
The refrigerator will increase the shelf life of just about every fruit and vegetable, but it also takes away some of the flavor, so if you plan on eating your produce right away, leave it out on the counter.
6. Buying produce in bulk
Instead of your weekly grocery haul, consider making two to three smaller trips per week and you’ll be eating fresher and yummier foods.
7. Not tasting foods
Tasting your foods as you go is extremely important as it’s the only way to know that you’re correctly following the recipe.
8. Seasoning all at once
Season in layers. You wouldn’t want to put all the ingredients in a pan and then season all at once, as the flavors may turn out a bit off.
9. Overcrowding the pan
You can put enough food in a pan that the bottom is fully coated, but each individual piece of food should have its own space to ensure it cooks evenly and thoroughly.
10. Thawing meats on the counter
Bacteria will immediately start growing once the meat becomes warmer than 40 degrees. The safest three ways to thaw meat are in the microwave on a low heat, in the refrigerator, or in cold water.