There are a number of millennials opting to stay in instead of going out to eat. This is a relatively new trend, and many millennials are new to cooking.
The only problem is that home cooking can get difficult for vegetarians, which is becoming a popular diet. Don't fret if you're one of these newbies! There are a number of must-haves that you should consider as you begin your home cooking journey.
Obviously, being a vegetarian means your home will be full of vegetables and fruit, but you've probably noticed how quickly this produce goes bad. You might have also noticed how quickly certain vegetables are out of season, and you hardly get a chance to enjoy them.
These are just some of the reasons why, as a newbie home cook, you need to consider whipping up a simple fermentation starter.
This starter can be used to make natural and probiotic-rich toppings, like sauerkraut, kimchi, or curtido. Fermenting your vegetables is a simple way to enjoy your vegetables for a longer time. You can ferment without the starter, but it definitely helps quicken the process, which can take up to two weeks if you do it without a starter and three days with it.
Time is precious and continues to become more precious as time goes on. Vegetarians may love food that does not contain meat but that does not mean cooking gets simpler. There are a number of vegetables that need to be cooked, roasted, steamed, or boiled for a long time before they can be eaten.
This is the reason many vegetarians look towards condiments to add the final touch to some of their meals. No one has the time to make homemade sauces or condiments on top of everything else you have to do, which makes it important that you consider purchasing things like whole egg mayonnaise from a source you can trust.
You want to see real ingredients and want to make sure the company you end up trusting uses local ingredients to make the condiments.
Finding ways to preserve some of your vegetables and fruit is important for a vegetarian. This is especially true because some of these items come with questionable ingredients when purchased from a regular store.
You already know of one way you can preserve vegetables or anything else, which is through fermentation, but some people may not love the sour taste that develops from fermenting.
Those who still want to preserve their foods for long periods of time may want to consider purchasing a good dehydrator. These machines can help you dehydrate some of the fruit and vegetables that you purchase so that you can use them at a later date.
You should also remember that dehydrated fruits and vegetables may be sold in stores, but they are usually quite expensive, so you'll end up saving some cash by dehydrating these foods on your own.
Vegetarians worry about how fresh their foods are and where it was sourced, but they also worry about contaminants. You probably did your best to avoid foods with additives or preservatives, but your food can still be contaminated if you use certain plastics or even certain metals to cook your food in.
Foods that would otherwise be contaminant-free may be compromised by certain metals or plastics in the kitchen.
It is important that you stay away from pots, pans, and skillets made from man-made metals. You should also consider using natural containers instead of plastic containers. A good alternative is to use wooden utensils. You can also trade in those metal cooking tools for cast iron skillets or natural clay pots and pans.
Yes, you are going to have to learn how to cook with some of these tools because they all have their quirks.
For example, clay cooking tools need time to warm up so you cannot place them over an open flame without starting low or using a diffuser. Cast iron skillets need to be periodically seasoned with a little oil to keep them in good condition.
You have a lot to learn as a cook. Yes, some of the recipes you've seen are probably complicated, which may have overwhelmed you. But all you need is time, and you'll slowly get more comfortable around the kitchen, especially now that you are armed with some great suggestions all vegetarians should consider.
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