She has published numerous books, is a former model (and convicted felon), a business woman of a multimillion-dollar company, and she even has a magazine with her name on it. If there is someone that can teach us a few lessons in life, it’s Martha. Here are a few tips from the queen of cooking!

Always taste your food

If you are an avid watcher of cooking shows, you see a rookie mistake that even pro chefs make. They don’t taste their food. And the outcome is almost always a bad one. Martha Stewart has been cooking for many years, and if there is one thing she is quite adamant about, it’s tasting your food as you cook. In this way, you will know how the flavors work together, and you will therefore have confidence in your final dish.

Surround yourself with greatness

Sarah Carey worked for Martha for almost two decades, and during this time she learned valuable lessons. One of them was the importance of surrounding yourself with hard-working, talented people. If other people working with you, are also motivated, it’s just so much easier to reach success.

Always Be Willing to Learn

Even though she might seem like she already knows it all, Martha is inherently inquisitive. She believes that a great part of being successful, is to continue asking questions. It’s the only way you learn more, and the more you learn, the more you can share.

Make Sure Your Kitchen Is Equipped

You don’t need a dozen wooden spoons, but you do need a good quality one. If you use the right tools – and of high quality – you can often get your task done quicker and more efficient.

Cleanliness is Key

Another thing we’ve seen on many cooking competitions. Head chefs never like a messy kitchen, and there’s a reason for that. Working in a space full of clutter, makes you inefficient. Clean as you go. Wipe you counter tops, rinse out measuring cups, and throw away vegetable scraps.

Learn the Basics

If you are passionate about cooking, Martha says that there are a few skills you should master. Before you start cooking, you should learn how to choose the correct knife for the job. You should also learn to sharpen your knives and practice your knife skills. That is basically chef school 101. Once you have you knife skills in order, you should learn how to butterfly a chicken. Not only will this give you confidence in the kitchen, but it will also save you money in the long run.

The final basic skill you should learn – and one so many home cooks get wrong – is to cook rice. You’d be surprised to know just how many people struggle to get perfectly fluffy rice. Still haven’t succeeded? We show you how to cook perfect rice, every time!

What are your favorite Martha Stewart lessons?