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21 Basic Cooking Skills That Will Give You Next-Level Adulting Points


1. Always, always, always preheat your pan before cooking.

2. But turn the heat down to medium once the pan is nice and hot.

3. If you're using a recipe, make sure to give it a good read before starting.

4. Completely dry your meat before cooking.

5. Impress your friends and family by using a mandoline slicer to prep your fruit and veg.

6. Resist the temptation to overcrowd your pan.

7. If you love to bake, invest in a set of measuring scales.

8. Always let your red meat rest before cutting it.

9. Add a generous amount of salt when cooking pasta.

10. Drain your pasta, but don't rinse it.

11. And use the leftover water from the pasta as the base for your sauce.

12. Prolong the life of fresh produce by wrapping them in paper towels.

13. Keep the root of the onion intact to help with slicing.

14. Cook in stock, rather than water, for an instant flavour boost.

15. Pound and slice your chicken to equal thickness before you cook it.

16. Wash your rice for maximum fluffiness.

17. Season well and often while cooking.

18. Use canola or vegetable oil if you're cooking at a high temperature.

19. Press and roll citrus fruits, like lemons, oranges and limes, to release more juice.

20. Use a damp towel under your chopping board to stop it moving around.

21. And lastly, if you're serious about cooking, sharpen your knives.