What to do when your food tastes bland

It’s hard to come up with new recipes every day (Image: iStock)

When you’ve been in the habit of preparing your food a certain way for a long time, it eventually starts to taste the same. What was once delicious and hearty can turn into a tasteless puree, and at that point, it’s time to try something new.

Unless you’re a Michelin-starred chef, it can be hard to come up with new recipes and cooking techniques that can bring your food to life over and over again. But there is good news. All hope is not lost because any beginner can have a revamped list with these 5 tips:

Use fresh herbs and spices

There is something about packaged spices that have been on the shelf for so long that they don’t taste right. You can literally pour an entire can of some of this spice and it still tastes like wood.

The new secret you must try is to buy the freshest spices. You can also check online tutorials on how to make fresh onion powder, garlic powder, or any other spice you might like, then experiment and see the difference it makes in your meals.

You can also replace crushed ingredients like cilantro with real ingredients to add a purer flavor.

Mix and match new ingredients

You can either choose to stick with what you’ve been doing and eat boring food, or take a risk and enjoy some great meals. There is often a fear of messing around, but isn’t that part of the process anyway?

But that doesn’t mean combining things that don’t have work in the same pan. You can try spices you never thought of before and then slowly start incorporating them into your cuisine.

Check online for interesting recipes

If you’re afraid you’ll end up with stomach ache after eating a random mix you’ve tried to come up with, you can ask for some instructions online. And the good thing is that you get access to free lessons from world-class chefs.

You can get step-by-step tutorials on YouTube or even follow detailed recipes on websites and blogs.

Consult your friends or family members

We all know someone who absolutely loves to cook. Their food tastes amazing even when they only make a two-ingredient meal, and no matter how hard they try, it’s hard to replicate what they do.

This is the person you should consult so you can learn some of his magic. They may also show you a simple extra step that completely changes the way food tastes, which you will then slowly incorporate into your new recipe.

do a little

There are times when we try very hard to come up with something, which often makes everything worse. Interestingly, being simple can give you better results and maybe this is what you need to try.

For example, if you use a lot of spices, you can now start focusing on two or three spices that mix well. Take time to learn what goes with what because ingredient combinations are an art.

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