I'm 22 and live with my mom.
I have no experience at all cooking, baking, using the stove, oven, mixing food in a bowl, following a recipe, cutting or slicing food, etc.
I only know how to prepare microwaved food, toast, cereal, sandwiches, spreading peanut butter on toast, stuff like that.
My mom makes all my meals. But I want that to change. My only problem is I have a fear of knives, boiling water, stove smoke, getting burned, getting cut, etc.
I really have a fear of fucking up and making something explode or opening the stove, looking inside, and burning my face.
i have a fear of frying eggs because i'm afraid that the oil will splash on me.
I also dislike oil and grease and hate getting my hands sticky. I also hate eating sticky, greasy or oily food.
I'm afraid of cutting and slicing things. I have no experience with this and I'm afraid I'll accidently cut off my finger. Or atleast severly hurt myself. I'm also afraid of falling on my knife or slipping with my knife.
How do i get over these fears and dislikes. And how long before I get good at these things.
>I have no experience at all cooking, baking, using the stove, oven, mixing food in a bowl, following a recipe, cutting or slicing food, etc.
No surprises here, you are American. Just check out all the Fast-Food threads on the catalogue and pick your favourite fast food joint.
None of these things have ever happened to me and I have no idea what the fuck I'm doing when it comes to cooking. Don't be afraid to fail OP, you gotta suck before you get good, and if you're too scared to suck you'll never be better than you are now.
I used to have the same fears as you OP, but alas i have those fears no more thanks to an amazing training recipe i figured out myself!
Begin by filling a large pot with water.
Place pot with water on stove
Add dry spaghetti to the water
Make sure the spaghetti sticks out of the water a bit
Watch intensely until the noodles begin sink in.
Grab the dry end of your noodles.
Insert dry end of the noodles into your anus.
Put on pants
Find a public bathroom
Proceed to release half cooked ball of shit spaghetti in toilet.
You'll never be afraid of any cooking utensils ever again :)
I feel bad for your mom.
Anyways, Ask her to help you or something. Or man up. Begin with easy things. I started with frying eggs, and helped out making pancakes, stuff like that. Or start with adding a bit more personal touch to the prepared food. Add other things to the toast and stuff. Cooking is not always meant to be successful, so don't stop if you fail. I mean, you seem privileged enough to have the money for failing anyway.
You need to get a job working in a busy kitchen as a cook. Preferably a fry cook. Takes almost no skill and you will get burned a lot. Get desensitized to pain and honestly stop being a pussy. Burns and scars are great. Love the pain.
They got rid of home economics? Oh man, I took that class in high school because it was stupid easy and full of chicks. But I did actually learn things. The best probably was kitchen safety and baking bread.
Wow. Quite a recall from the past. My home ec. class was 1986.
OP here, made this list of what I am most scared of, going to hand it to mom, but maybe if you have any tips just advise me