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Cooking can be as easy or as intricate as you choose, and whether you like to take your time or whip up something quickly, these timeless tips will improve your kitchen prowess and turn you into a better cook!

Hold the garlic

When sautéing with chopped garlic, add the vegetables and onions first, then add garlic close to the end of sautéing. That way you cook the garlic enough to tame its sharp, raw flavour, but you avoid burning the garlic which leaves your food with a bitter taste.

Give it a rest

Food continues to cook after you take it off the heat, especially when it comes to eggs, meat and fish. After cooking meat, remove from the heat, cover with foil and let it rest 5-10 minutes after cooking (longer for larger cuts like roasts and whole chickens). The juices will distribute throughout leaving you with a juicy piece of meat. When cooking eggs, like omelettes or scrambled eggs, take the eggs off the heat while they are still a little runny, otherwise you’ll be left with rubbery eggs by the time you sit down to eat. Not a great start to anyone’s morning!

Clean and sharp

Ever watch cooking shows and notice how chefs clean as they go? Wipe down your bench as you cook, set a bowl on the counter for rubbish and scraps, and wash cutting boards to avoid contamination. It will save you cleaning up after your delicious meal (so you can enjoy that well-deserved glass of wine!). Also, keep your knives sharp. After washing your knives, give them a quick sharpen – and never put knives in the dishwasher!

What’s your best kitchen tip?