Basic cooking skills : will you pass the test ?
As I said in a previous post, we started cooking roughly 1.9 million years ago.
Things have changed since !
On the left we have a prehistoric knife carved from a stone. On the right we have a ‘very intricately crafted Nesmuk luxury cooking knives made from 400 layer Cocktail-Damascus with a cutting edge of finest carbon steel’ (647 Swarovski elements included along with sapphire and ruby coloured crystals). If you have 17.393 $ (!) for this, you can buy it HERE.
On the left we have a pottery oven and on the right we have ”The Grand Palais 180. The crown jewel of the Château Series, commanding respect and admiration in any kitchen.” If you have 47.300 $ to spend (!!), you can buy it HERE.
And today you can order a meal that sounds like this : ‘Grilled Texas Nilgai Antelope with Caramelized Apricots, Apricot Agri-doux, Glazed Couscous, Ginger Infused Apricot Puree, Asparagus Tips and Red Wine Jus”.
You can also follow a University Master class in food design in Italy.
You can try to win one of the most prestigious international food competitions here (Bocuse d’or)
You can become a cooking reality star on this show : Master chef.
You can attend an international food blogger’s conference Here.
…And meanwhile, 28% of Americans say that they do not know how to cook…
Based on the Pearson’s BTEC basic cooking entry level qualifications document.
Here is a test for you :
Cooking : Do you have the basic skills?
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Really the only way to learn is to start cooking !
Could be better !
Really, the only way to get better is to follow recipes and cook!
You did great !
Well there you go ! You have the basics covered. No excuses then 😉
You know how to cook a good stew.Correct
You need one cup of flour for your recipe.
Do you scoop out your flour with the cup or do you use a spoon to fill up the cup?Correct
For a light and airy cake it is better to vigorously stir the mixture.Correct
You choose the right knife for the job. Examples:
You have a paring knife for delicate jobs like peeling garlic.
You have a chef’s knife to chop or dice fruits and vegetables.Correct
Illness-causing bacteria can grow rapidly when perishables are left for more than 2 hours in the danger zone.
The danger zone is between :Correct
Freezer burn makes food unsafeCorrect
You know how long it takes to cook soft-boiled eggs and hard-boiled eggs.Correct
You regularly use at least 4 different spices to prepare your food.Correct
So what result did you get ? Share in the comments below.
I highly encourage you to cook your own meals as much as possible if you hope to achieve healthy eating habits.
As a nutritionist I know that this has a huge impact on the quality of the food you eat and therefore the quality of your overall diet.
Btw, if you feel insecure about cooking or intimidated by people who know how to cook, check this out (10 food fails)and note that everybody had to start somewhere 😉