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Basic kitchen and cooking skills

Learning how to prepare your own meals is a skill that contributes to eating more healthfully.

Source: Health Services

Those who have good food preparation skills report consuming more fruits and vegetables, a better quality of diet and better overall health. Unfortunately, many people are not confident in their food preparation skills. To help overcome this barrier to healthy eating, we have assembled a list of short, instructional videos that can help a person feel more competent in the kitchen.

If you come across a term that you are not familiar with in these videos, look it up in the dictionary of cooking terms.

Setting up your kitchen

  • Pantry basics: The basic food items to keep in your kitchen
  • Kitchen basics: The basic tools that you need to prepare simple, healthy meals at home

Kitchen tools




Slow cooker (crockpot)

Rice cooker

Food processor

Digital thermometer

  • Thermometer basics demonstrates how to use a digital thermometer to measure the internal temperature of various foods, including meat, poultry, eggs and mixed casserole dishes

Cooking methods

Rice, pasta, noodles and grains


Beans, lentils, legumes and nuts

Eggs, meat and seafood

Additional resources

Herbs and spices



Salad dressing


Cooking instruction websites

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