DIY Dinners: 6 Tips for Developing Your Own Recipes
In the mood to cook something new? Good! You might even want to formulate your own recipes just for the joy of it – you don’t need to be Jamie Oliver to throw something delicious together.
Tried and true recipes are all well and good, but nothing beats the satisfaction of creating your own edible masterpiece. So, grab your measuring cups and your induction cookware set, and get ready to cook up a storm with your very own recipes.
- Make a List of Your Ingredients
If you’re in the mood to make something with butternut, put butternut at the top of your list. Your taste palate and the flavors that you have grown to love will tell you which ingredients pair well with each other.
For instance, if butternut is on your list, perhaps cinnamon and nutmeg will be the next additions. Listing the ingredients you want to use and the ingredients you feel pair well with each other is the first core step toward personalizing a recipe and cooking from the heart.
- Search for Inspiration
A great way to ease yourself into something different is to check out what others have done before you. If you haven’t heard of a unique dish or flavor combination you would like to try, search for dishes that use the ingredients on your list.
Researching different recipes for a particular dish that you’re interested in making will enable you to tweak recipes and piece together ideas from different sources so that you can really make a dish your own.
- Test the Limits
Once you have settled on the ingredients and cooking method, with your research findings in hand, set out to get your hands dirty. You may have found a recipe or two online and decided to change a few things or include more ingredients. Use the research you’ve done so far as guidance, and make this cooking project your own.
- Change Your Cooking Method
If you want to develop your own recipes, get ready to try more ways than one to get your favorite meals cooked. Induction is ideal for faster and more efficient cooking, so if you have an induction cooktop, you’ve won half the battle.
If you always have halloumi grilled, perhaps try coating it with flour and your own signature seasoning mix and try the cheese fried instead. Perhaps there’s a certain meal that you can make in the slow cooker. From poaching to baking to air frying, there are so many options available for you to create a new recipe just by changing the way you cook.
- Tasting Success
Not all DIY attempts will yield good results. You might end up with some flopped recipes. As long as your kitchen doesn’t look like a disaster afterward, a messed-up recipe is not too bad.
However, you can avoid creating a horrific meal by tasting and adjusting flavors as you go. The best way to assess if you have used the right seasoning or the right flavor combinations is to taste.
If you have added too much of something and it’s ruining the flavor of your food, there are hacks you can use to counteract every spice and additive. For instance, adding water can help to save a pot of food that is too salty.
- Write Everything Down
If you take note of everything while cooking, you’re more likely to succeed when creating your own recipes. So, curate a recipe book of self-tried recipes that you can adapt and adjust over the years.
We hope these tips sparked a marvelous cooking adventure. Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself. Have fun with it!