Basic kitchen and cooking skills
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.
- Knife basics reviews the four basic cutting tools every kitchen shoud have (paring knife, chef's knife, bread knife and kitchen shears).
- How to sharpen a knife using a sharpening steel
Slow cooker (crockpot)
- Rice cooker buying guide
- How to cook rice in a rice cooker
- Cooking grains (other than rice) in a rice cooker
- 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
Lettuce and salad greens
- Different ways to cut a potato (baton, wedges, diced, sliced, crinkle cut)
- How to make mashed potatoes
- How to make shepherd's pie
Herbs and spices
- Encyclopedia of Spices
- Using fresh herbs
- Jamie Oliver talks you through cooking with herbs
- How to grind spices
Cooking instruction websites
- North Carolina State University has a YouTube channel with short and simple cooking instruction videos.
- Rouxbe Online Cooking School has a collection of quick tips and techniques.
- BBC Food describes dozens of cooking techniques, many of which are accompanied by a video. You can narrow down techniques by skill level: easy, intermediate or advanced. The site also has information on dozens of ingredients with photos and information on buying, storing and preparing the ingredient.
- Jamie's Home Cooking Skills is a website from British celebrity chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver that includes how-to videos.
- All Recipes has short how-to videos.
- America's Test Kitchen has how-to videos.