Learning how to cook is an asset and a survival skill. That is why home science is part of the education course for secondary school students where they learn how to cook, bake cakes, make curries and to sew housecoats, aprons, etc. One can also earn a living by working as a cook. To be a professional cook that gets hired in high end hotels in the kitchens, you need to go for 2 – 3 years of cooking course with much practices on the various recipes that are taught. There are also skills involved in cooking – not just any mere cooking by heating up the wok.
To cook a delicious chicken vegetables soup, you need to have a sharp knife to cut up the veges into smaller sizes for faster cooking and easier digestion. For example, carrots and potatoes can be cubed with a sharp knife seamlessly and effortlessly. The tomatoes can be sliced through in bigger portions to be added to the soup. It helps to have various sizes of knives for different veges – use small knives for onions, ginger, etc and medium sized knives for carrots, potatoes and tomatoes.
Cutting up a Whole Chicken
To cut up a whole chicken, you need bigger knives to slice though the bone edges, cartilage, meat, etc. Hence it is important to have a sharp knife when cooking. The knives can also be sharpened at home by using the appropriate knife sharpener. When you use sharp knives, it helps to speed up the preparation process and make it efficient for any housewife or professional cook in the kitchen.
Making the Soup
After cutting up the veges and chicken, it is time to put the chicken bones to the pot of water to boil for flavor. Alternatively, you can use a small cube of chicken stock to make it more delicious. When the water is boiling, you can then add in the pieces of cut up chicken and carrots first to soften them as they take a longer time to cook. When they are almost soft, then add in the potatoes and onions. Finally add in tomatoes, pepper and salt to taste. Bring them to a boil for a few minutes before serving. Chicken vegetable soup is nutritious and is easy to prepare – all you need is a sharp knife to do the job.
If you cook every day, it is wise to invest in a set of different sizes of sharp knives to help prepare food for cooking. These are must have utensils in the kitchen.