6 Cooking Basics You Should Know But Are Too Embarrassed To Ask About
These are the cooking basics we reckon you should know about at uni to help make sure you’re confident (ish) in the kitchen.
Sometimes we have huge gaps in our kitchen knowledge that we definitely should know, but we definitely are too embarrassed to admit we totally do NOT know.
Here are some of the cooking basics that you really should know about.
1. HOW TO BOIL AN EGG
Boiling an egg is allllll about timing. 4-6 minutes for soft-boiled, 8-10 minutes for medium-boiled, 12-16 minutes for hard-boiled. Learn how you like your eggs and get crackin’.
2. HOW TO MAKE AN OMELETTE
Omelettes are super cheap and easy to throw together, however it can be a little daunting if you don’t have a clue what you’re doing. Once you’ve learnt the basics of how to make a standard omelette you can start experimenting with flavours and ingredients to make your perfect breakfast, lunch or even dinner, seriously omelettes are the best.
3. HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR INSTANT NOODLES
Instant noodles are a student staple and rightly so. They’re cheap, delicious and best of all they are stupidly easy to make. Find out how to transform your instant noodles into gourmet dinners (learning how to cook eggs will definitely come in handy).
4. HOW TO BAKE A POTATO
Slap on some tuna mayo, chilli or heaps of cheese for a tasty dinner that pretty much takes zero effort.
5. HOW TO USE KNIVES
Ok, this one might sound weird, but chopping is essential for cooking so it’s a good idea to learn how to do it properly. Whether you’re dicing onions or mincing garlic, this video will show you the basics of how to get started.
6. HOW TO SIMMER DOWN
Yeah, this is also a weird one. A lot of recipes need you to simmer you water in order to cook whatever you’re making, however a lot of people don’t know the difference between boiling and simmering. Simmering water is a gentle technique that’s just below boiling. You’ll see lots of little bubbles forming and rising to the surface and if it starts to full bubble (boil) then you’ll need to turn down the heat.