Getting Started with the Basics of Cooking

If you are ready to start cooking and need to learn some cooking basics, you’ve come to the right place. If you are able to do simple math, follow directions, and have a bit of common sense, you will be able to learn to cook. There’s no reason you wouldn’t be able to whip up a decent meal on your first try.

Utensils and pots and pans. Every cook should have these items, and while there are products available that will cost you thousands of dollars, here are some basic things to start with. No matter what kinds of pots and pans you will use, get them with non stick surfaces, including any baking pans and cookie sheets. They will be much easier to clean, and use, and the greater the quality, the easier the food comes away from the surface.

You will also need some utensils such as knives, spoons, whisks, and measuring cups. It’s also a good idea to purchase a basic set of mixing bowls. Metal bowls are much easier to clean and maintain. You will need both metal and plastic spatulas, larger forks and spoons. You should have two can openers; one that removes the inner lid so you can drain things like canned tuna, and one that removes the entire top, leaving no rough edges.

Cooking 101 requires the use of some very basic staples that you will need to keep in your pantry. These are items you will use almost every day when learning the cooking basics. You will need salt and pepper, and some basic herbs and spices like Cinnamon, Oregano, Garlic, Onion Powder, and more. You can usually find basic spice sets at large retail stores or kitchen supply stores.

You will also need flour, sugar, a light brown sugar, and even powdered cocoa. Many more detailed ingredient lists can be found on cooking self help websites. You can also use websites for basic cooking recipes, as long as you start off small. If you want to, you can also order basic cooking books that will help you out greatly.

You’ll find that cooking charts are very helpful. They can be used as a quick reference to find out the temperature you need to cook meats and poultry at as well as how long to cook them. These charts also include other useful facts. You will find charts that provide detailed measurements for weight, volume, etc. You can find useful charts online that can be downloaded and printed. Precise measurement is important to the quality and taste of the food you prepare.

It is a good idea in cooking to get yourself a binder, to keep all of this information in one place. If you get one that will accept picture pages, you can include recipes you find from a variety of sources, online, at home, and even from friends and family. If you take good care if it, you could even pass it on to your kids.

You can find these tips for cooking basics as well as many more online. You can find them at your library or in a retail store. Most community colleges offer classes on cooking basics on up to advanced courses. Who knows, if you really fall in love with cooking you may even want to take advantage of the career opportunities in the culinary field.