Believe it or not, trouble-free cooking is a common desire all over the world. Even those of us who like to cook and eat in almost the same way will be the first to agree that being able to cook without worrying about spoiling, spilling or burning would be a blessing. To be sure, there really is no hassle-free cooking, although there are things you can do that will take a lot of the hassle out of you.

Most of the tips here will be useful for beginners or those new to the culinary arts, however, there are great refresher tips even for those more experienced in the kitchen. I hope you will learn a few things in the next few paragraphs or at least remember some things you forgot.

First of all, cleaning as you go will eliminate a lot of the hassle of what comes after cooking. When asked what they like least about the kitchen, a large majority of women answer without a second’s hesitation that cleanliness is by far the worst aspect of the kitchen.To make things easier, clean as you go. Keep a sink of hot, foamy water ready for the entire cooking time and wipe up any spills immediately to avoid sticky messes that are much harder to clean up later. You should also note that if you transfer the food to serving dishes and immediately wash the pots and pans, they will be much easier to clean than if the food is left to sit while your family dines.

My best friend constantly burns her dinners. The reason? Believes up or down when it comes to cooking and there is nothing in between.Of course, very few meals need to be cooked at high temperatures. It is best to start food preparation at a medium to medium high temperature and adjust accordingly.

Make sure your oven is preheated. The temperature of the oven really makes a difference in the cooking process. Although some people think preheating is just a waste of electricity, it’s what it takes to get the best results when cooking. Most modern electric ovens signal that the correct temperature has been reached.

Select recipes that fit your comfort zone to avoid making mistakes or stressing yourself too much about the cooking process.Once you’ve decided on your recipe, read through it several times to make sure you not only understand all the necessary steps, but also have all the necessary ingredients before you begin.

Wash your hands thoroughly and wash your hands often. Do you remember the soapy water sink I mentioned above? We recommend using it fairly frequently to wash any surface, cutting board, plate or utensil that has come in contact with raw meat to avoid cross-contamination. The same goes for the hands.

While these tips may seem a bit simplistic to some extent, when it comes to hassle-free cooking, there really is no such thing. The more you do to make the cooking process as easy as possible, the more hassle-free your kitchen will truly be.