How To Cook For Beginners

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With so many kitchen gadgets out there, it can be difficult to see what’s essential and what’s not. In this how to cook for beginners video, we will guide you through the minefield that is cooking, step by gentle step.

With so many kitchen gadgets out there it can be difficult to see what’s essential and what’s not. In this how to cook for beginners video, we will guide you through the minefield that is cooking, step by gentle step.

How To Cook For Beginners

Eating tasty, healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. We’re going to look at what you need or more likely already have in the kitchen. You don’t need to get everything and probably have most of these items already. The list below is simply a check list of what you may already have or may be missing.

Utensils & Tools

  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Can Opener
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Kitchen Scale
  • Colander
  • Peeler
  • Grater
  • Shears
  • Skillet / Frying Pan
  • Small Saucepan
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Large Pot
  • Casserole Dish
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Immersion Blender /  Blender
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Parchment Paper
  • Extras – Food Processor
  • Extras – Coffee Percolator, Press, Maker
  • Extras – Juicer (Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruit)

What Spices, Oils, Condiments

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Spray etc. Butter
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Dressings, Not Cooking)
  • Sugar (Stevia / Other Sweetner)
  • Honey
  • Fresh / Ground Nutmeg
  • Curry Powder
  • Red Chilli Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Dried Herbs – Thyme,  Oregano, Basil
  • Ketchup
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Extras – Balsamic Vinegar
  • Extras – Maple Syrup

Non Perishables (Longer Lasting)

  • Tomato tins / bottles
  • Stock cubes – veg and chicken
  • Cous Cous / Quinoa
  • Rice (Basmati, Brown Rice)
  • Pasta (Fusilli / Spaghetti / Fettuccine / Linguine / Penne / Farfalle / Rigatoni)
  • Plain White Flour
  • Extras – Small Tins Of Corn
  • Extras – Tins / Jars Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
  • Extras – Tomato Paste / Puree
  • Extras – Garlic Paste / Puree
  • Extras – Cocoa Powder (Or 100% Cacao)
  • Extras – Vanilla Essence 
  • Extras – Vanilla Paste

Perishables To Keep Stocked

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Full Fat Plain Yogurt (Cheap, no added sugar and easily flavored)
  • Ham, Cheese, Turkey, Chicken
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemons
  • Nuts (Almonds, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Cashew Nuts, Pecan Nuts)
  • Extras – Seeds (Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame, Linseed)
  • Extras – Raisins, Sultanas, Currents, Dried Figs, Dried Apricots
  • Extras – Wine (Red / White) Bad wine = bad tasting food. Cook with a wine you enjoy drinking. 

The more you cook the more gadgets, ingredients and tools you will end up buying. However to start out with, only get what you need and use what you have. Never buy something that has only one use, make sure you REALLY need it before you buy it. Check out some of our other blog posts for simple recipe ideas.

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