When we're in the kitchen, we're all about precision. We've got to make sure we're measuring ingredients accurately, especially when it comes to baking. Measurements are typically for ratios. Failing to measure ingredients correctly can result in a cake that won't rise or a dish that's way too salty or bland. Save yourself time and money by following a recipe's measurements accurately the first time you make it.
Experimentation is good, but start with a base
We respect your creative spirit, and experimentation is essential in the kitchen, but it's always good to start with a solid baseline. The first time you make a recipe, let it be your guide. Once you have a feel for the ingredients and how they interact with each other, you can start making tweaks. Knowing your ingredients and understanding their properties is essential to successful recipe experimentation.
Learning new techniques
Recipes typically require a specific way of doing things. There's a reason why they require a specific technique. The first time you make something, pay attention to the instructions on performing each task, from chopping to simmering. Sometimes, a recipe will introduce a new technique. Making a note of it will enable you to recreate the dish in the future or even introduce the technique in other recipes.
Understanding the flavors
When cooking, everything is about flavor. The first time you make a recipe, it will give you a specific flavor profile. A recipe will tell you what vegetables and herbs go well with the protein you're using, whether a sauce needs salt, or if a recipe is sweet enough. Following the recipe will allow you to develop your palate and understand why certain flavors work well together.