There’s no doubt about it: learning something unfamiliar can be intimidating. But don’t let that stop you! Studies show that learning something new benefits your brain, boosts confidence, and helps you stay fulfilled. So whether you’ve been cooking your whole life or just getting started in the kitchen, take a moment to celebrate your effort! And if you're looking for some extra encouragement on your cooking journey, here are six tips to help you enjoy the process of cooking.
6 tips to help you enjoy learning to cook and starting something new
1. Be excited!
Whenever you’re starting something new a whole new world is about to unfold before you. With cooking, it’s no exception. You’re about to be exposed to new flavors, techniques, ingredients, and combinations. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!
2. Start small
If you’re starting to cook for the first time in a while (or ever), consider starting with something simple like our Split Pea Soup or this Cacio e Pepe. We also recommend taking the process at your own pace and not rushing yourself. Slow and steady!
3. Take notes
Did you really enjoy or dislike something in a meal? Make a note of it. Similarly, if there was a technique or idea that struck you while cooking, write it down. These are all reflections that will serve you in your cooking journey.
4. Get creative
Experiment! Don’t be afraid to try an ingredient you didn’t even know existed. Sometimes, this is how we discover our favorite things.
5. Celebrate the wins
Cooking a homemade meal is a nourishing, comforting, and deeply creative experience. Every time you turn ingredients into a meal you love, treat it as an accomplishment. Don’t underestimate yourself or your creations in the kitchen.
6. Remember, mistakes happen
Did a recipe not turn out the way you were hoping? That’s okay! If you ask us, it’s a sure sign you’re getting closer to being a better cook. Also, rest assured knowing you’re in good company. We all have meals that don’t turn out the way we hoped. Alas, it’s a part of the process.
Come along — and cook with us!
At Swich, we are dedicated to changing how the world cooks and eats. Why? Because eating nutritious, whole foods is essential to protect your health, reducing the risk of diseases, cancer, diabetes, and mental health issues.
Our cooking community is full of chef-curated recipes and cooking exercises. And we’re open to all ages and backgrounds, coming from all different levels of cooking experience. We meet you right where you are. You’ll set the goals and pace for your Swich experience!
We believe health is a journey and cooking is an enriching experience that will improve your life. Ready to start cooking with us? Come along!
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Cheryl A. ( 1yr ) – Its amazing what you can learn throught the Swich community. Participants from all around the globe are learning together and sharing their successes (and flubs … because thats part of a valuable learning experience!) Its a fabulous opportunity!