Essential Cooking Tips for Beginners - Cook Like a Pro!

During this pandemic, so many people are choosing to cook at home. We here at Workman’s Friend want to help our home chefs out by presenting a few basic cooking tips to improve your game in the kitchen. Try these out and see if your culinary skills increase. Who knows, you might get so good you may open up your own restaurant one day!



Before you begin cooking using a recipe for the first time, read the recipe thoroughly. Once read, read it again. You will often interpret the instructions a bit differently, and correctly, upon the second read. Before you get any of the ingredients out, read the recipe because there could be a lengthy process involved with the rising of dough or for marinating of meat.



Do not get in a big hurry to start cooking. A great meal is made with patience and preparation. Look through your ingredients and gather everything up. If you have some small bowls, place measured ingredients into separate bowls so you are ready to toss them in as needed. Preparation before you begin cooking is key as it eliminates the possibility of finding out to late in the process that you are missing something or that you do not have enough of something else. Having the ingredients at your disposal also takes pressure and stress away from your cooking experience.



Never overcrowd the pan. Your food will naturally release moisture as the cooking process proceeds. If you overcrowd your pan, you will be creating a lot of steam which will not allow the meats and vegetables to brown properly and you can easily change the texture of the food. For a crisp texture to the outer layer, allow adequate space especially when baking or browning. If you are cooking for an army, cook in batches.



Safety first! This lesson is very important and is actually something I do when I cook. Turn your handles to the side when you have pots or pans on the burner. If the handles are facing out towards you, you run the rest of getting a serious burn should you accidentally bump into the handle.



When cooking a steak or any fine cut of meat, never cook in a cold pan. Allow your pan to sit on the flame and heat up before placing the meat in the pan. You want to sear that meat upon contact. This will seal in the moisture and give you a juicier steak. When you place meat in a cold pan, the moisture will be released and you will be left with a dry, tough piece of meat.

These are just a few tips to help you improve your home cooking. Before you begin cooking, be sure and apply a coating of Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream to your hands. The barrier protection will shield grease from sticking you your hands and allow for an easy hand clean when all is done. The coating also protects you against stinky odors. Odors will wash away with ease from your hands.

Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream will also guard you against nasty skin irritants such as plant oils and poison ivy. Apply every four hours for ultimate protection. Workman’s Friend binds to your skin cells for create this superior layer of protection.

Sometimes you just need a soap with a little germ-fighting ability, right? Try Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal to get a deep clean and feel fresh afterwards. The activated charcoal cleans deep into your skin, detoxing away the bad elements like bacteria and germs that hard-working hands pick up on an active day. Unlike other soaps, Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal hydrates your skin as it cleans, leaving them feeling alive and fresh while other soaps leave your hands feeling dry. PURCHASE HERE.

Soaps, especially alcohol-based hand cleaners, dry out your skin, leaving them craving moisture. What if there was a way to protect your skin and keep it moisturized even during frequent hand washings? Well, you can! Coat your hands with Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream to form a protective layer around your skin and re-apply every four hours. The barrier protection will moisturize your hands from beneath the protective layer. The barrier protection will shield you hand from harmful chemicals, dirt and grime. The barrier protection binds to your live skins cells and will only be removed when your skin cells die and shed every four hours. In the meantime, your skin is moisturizing from the inside and healing your dry and cracked skin.  Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream is the perfect combatant for over-washed hands. PURCHASE HERE.

Another option for over washed hands is Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream. Add this hand cream to your daily regimen for healthy, stored hands. An application in the morning and again before bedtime will help your skin survive those frequent hand washings unscathed. Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream will moisturize and heal your dry, cracked, and damaged skin. When used over time, your skin will return to its once healthy appearance. PURCHASE HERE.

Try all of our products. We offer a 3-Pack Workman’s Friend Skin Care Bundle. You will receive a 3.38 oz. tube of Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream, a 2.5 oz. jar of Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream, and an 8 oz. bottle of our Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal.

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