Food may be fuel, but that doesn’t mean it has to taste like it.
You’ll be surprised at how quickly a delicious-smelling cookpot can perk up your mood and turn people from a bunch of hangry grouches into very helpful kitchen assistants.
But what's the secret to turning regular macaroni and cheese into a masterpiece? It’s a matter of taste, not an exact science. If you're not sure quite where to start with your seasoning technique, then follow a few of these guidelines to spice up your dinners.
1. Avoid pouring seasoning directly into the pot.
Pour it into the cap of the spice bottle or into the stirring spoon first (that's because these utensils are probably cleaner than your hands).
2. Start with a little, taste, then add more if needed.
3. Remember that the flavor will intensify with cooking.
After seasoning, allow food to cook for about 10 minutes, then taste again before adding more.
4. Have a group with strong opinions and different tastes?
Have everyone season their own portion to taste.
Follow these tips and enjoy! All tips came from the NOLS Cookery.
Think you're ready to test your skills? Then check out this *sweet* video:
*Editor's note: Post updated 12/10/2019
Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming. Follow her on Instagram @mgherber