beginner cook in the kitchen following a recipe and squeezing lemon onto salmon filet

Cooking 101: The Basics

The secret to being a confident cook is understanding what you’re working with. Knowing the basics when it comes to kitchen tools and ingredients will allow you to whip up recipes with ease and tweak them more later on.

Ready to take your cooking skills to the next level? Try these tips, techniques, and advice and enhance your kitchen game.

Essential Kitchen Tools

Having the right tools in the kitchen sets you up for success. Join Chef Yankel as he walks you through knives, pots, pans, and other items that will make your cooking experience easier.

Get Started with Easy Recipes

These easy-to-follow recipes will help you get comfortable in the kitchen. Start with two or three dishes that are guaranteed to please guests and can be your go-to dishes for any occasion.

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Understand Techniques and Terminology

Learning cooking techniques and terminology can often feel like studying a new language. Is roasting the same as baking? And when you should use a brine instead of a marinade? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with guides and simple techniques you’ll use time and time again.

Be sure to also check out How to Set Yourself up for Success in the Kitchen and 5 Common Cooking Mistakes.

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Explore Ingredients

Having a good understanding of your ingredients not only plays a big part in helping you create the perfect dish but also in growing your kitchen skills. Learn more about the history and uses of recipe staples as well as new ingredients you may want to try.

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