Cooking Skills to Learn
Whether you’re living away from home and starting to cook meals for the first time or just looking to improve your cooking skills, follow along as our chefs and partners share three kitchen basics that can help set you up for culinary success.
Learn how to slice and dice it! Start by familiarizing yourself with how to choose the right knife to get the job done. Knowing how to properly cut veggies, fruits, and herbs—with the correct tool—will make it that much easier to prepare healthy meals.
Flavor With Benefits
Getting to know the vast array of cooking oils can make a big difference in your kitchen game. Jacob Schaller, a food scientist at Cargill, says to “choose your oil based on how you’re going to use it, your personal nutrition goals, and your taste preference.” Before you start, identify the flavor profile of your dish— like for spicy, use canola oil, and for sweet, try olive or corn oil.
Seasoned to Perfection
Are you on the lookout for new ways to boost flavor? Blending your own spices is great place to start. Include what you like and ditch the flavors you don’t. As an added benefit, you will always know how fresh your blend is when you make it by hand. And remember—don’t be afraid to get creative!
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.