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Cooking 101: What To Know Before You Start

Updated: Jan 29, 2023

We know that cooking can be intimidating. That’s why we made a beginner’s guide to cooking - literally!

Cooking is a vital life skill that can be both enjoyable and rewarding, even as a college student. Whether you're a beginner or looking to brush up on your skills, there are a few basic concepts that will help you get started in the kitchen.

Know your cookware!

To begin with, it's important to understand the different types of cookware and utensils that are available. Some common options include pots and pans, baking sheets, cutting boards, and kitchen knives. Each type of cookware is designed for specific types of cooking, so it's important to choose the right one for the job.

When using kitchen knives, be aware of the different techniques that you can use for your desired meal. Chopping, slicing, and dicing are most common among a variety of dishes. A sharp knife is key, so make sure to keep your knives sharp and use a cutting board to protect your countertops.

Adjust your heat!

Another important aspect of cooking is understanding the different types of heat levels. High heat is great for searing and sautéing, while low heat is better for slow cooking and simmering. Knowing how to adjust the heat on your stove or oven can make a big difference in the outcome of your dishes. Don’t be afraid to test out different levels and make notes for next time!

Spice it up!

When it comes to ingredients, seasonings are used often. Salt, pepper, and oil are the foundations of most dishes, but there are many other seasonings that can be used to enhance the flavor of your food, such as garlic powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and more. Experiment with different herbs and spices to find the ones you like best.

Stay organized!

Finally, it helps to be organized when cooking. This means having all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start cooking. It also means keeping your kitchen clean and tidy as you work. Put dishes in the sink when you’re done using them. Put ingredients back in the fridge or cabinet when you don’t need them anymore. Anything helps to keep you focused and less overwhelmed!

Cooking is an enjoyable and rewarding skill that is worth learning. By understanding the basics of cookware, knife skills, heat, seasonings, and tidiness, you are on your way to becoming your best cooking self!

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