Every new year, we promise to make big changes in our lives. Well this year, Tim Hagedorn, a Food and Trend Innovator in our Test Kitchen, has some different, more delicious options for your New Year’s resolutions. Here are some little bad habits he thinks we should all resolve to break this year, as well as some new, good habits to start. These little changes make a big difference in your daily meal prep.
Tim Hagedorn, Pampered Chef Food & Trend Innovator. Tim worked at a number of Michelin-starred, fine-dining restaurants in Chicago before coming to Pampered Chef. He believes that cooking isn’t just about putting food on the table, but learning, exploring, and creating special memories that enrich people’s lives.
New year’s resolutions don’t always require a huge amount of effort to have an impact on your everyday life. Here’s a list of four little resolutions I think everyone should consider making this year.
1. Get comfortable with your knives. The Chef’s Knife is one of the most important tools in your kitchen. There are few times where I don’t use it, which is why I think it’s so important to practice good knife skills. Of course, it’ll take time to get comfortable using some of the techniques in the video below. It just takes a little practice.
Tonight, when you’re getting dinner ready for your family, take one second to practice your pinch grip, rock slice, and claw grip. Then tomorrow, take two seconds, and the next day, take three seconds, and so on. By the end of the year, you’ll be better, faster, and safer with your knife.
Three More Homemade Sauces to Keep Handy
- Chimichurri is a cilantro and parsley condiment that’s great to have on hand to spice up grilled foods or vegetable side dishes.
- This easy pad thai sauce adds oomph to stir-fries, veggie noodles, or rice.
- A healthier Alfredo sauce made with Greek yogurt is a nice alternative sauce for pasta night.
It’s also safer. Leaving a spoon in a pot full of hot soup is asking for trouble. It’s one more thing to get snagged on or bumped into. Get creative and use an empty can as a spoon rest if your recipe calls for a can of beans or tomatoes. Or use the empty package your vegetables came in. Just don’t leave the spoon in the pan.
What bad cooking habits do you want to stop? What good habits do you want to start? Tell us in the comments below.