What Cooking Skills Would You Like to Learn?


Just a few generations ago, people knew how to make stock, braise vegetables, fashion a pie crust, julienne a carrot, debone a chicken and roast a turkey. But a peek into most kitchens today finds clueless cooks — if they are to be found in the kitchen at all! Hopefully, this summer's big screen adaptation of the popular book Julie & Julia will go a long way toward inspiring people to get back to the basics of cooking. But we're curious: What are some culinary skills you'd really like to gain? Are you interested in learning how to use knives with confidence, make homemade pasta, choose the rights cuts of meat or prepare vegetables to their best advantage? Do you wish you could put away more food? Maybe it's time to learn how to can and dry foods, and which foods freeze with ease. Please use the comments section below to expound on which kitchen skills you lack. We want to help!

Leslie C.
4/19/2010 1:23:47 PM

I would like to know more about preserving food (drying, brining, pickling). Suggestions on sprouting and using sprouts in food. Homemade pasta. Asian cooking is hard for me. Can't get the spices/flavorings right.

1/28/2010 7:45:17 PM

I would really like to have more on using ceramic grills, such as the ones I own, Big Green Egg. Grilling with a ceramic egg is so much different than grilling on my regular grill. I've had many different grills over the years, and the ceramic grill is my favorite. Finding good articles on them is tough, except on-line at manufacturer sites and Blogs that are associated to them. Thanks, SNielsen

1/11/2010 1:46:30 PM

I would like to learn how to make the things that go into other things. Instead of relying on pre-made items (the best I can come up with is marshmallows - which I do know how to make) to add to recipes. I'd also like to learn to make great stocks and improve my knife skills. I see several things about making tofu so I thought I'd put this link out here. This is one of my very favorite food blogs and this post teaches how to may tofu. It also contains a link to make your own soy milk. Enjoy!! http://www.justhungry.com/2006/03/milking_the_soy_1.html

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