6 June, 2016
15 Kitchen Skills You Should Master In Your Twenties
2. How to cook pasta perfectly.
Three important things to remember:
1) Salt your water! Don’t be shy here — this is key, as it will flavor the noodles aka the entire base of your dish.
2) Stir the noodles occasionally so they cook evenly and don’t stick together.
3) Drain the pasta at the right time so that it’s al dente — not too hard, not too soft.
3. And how to make a killer sauce that isn’t straight out of a jar.
Start with a super easy tomato sauce — like this classic version by Marcella Hazan that proves you don’t need a laundry list of ingredients to make something rich and delicious. (In this case: only tomatoes, butter, onion, and salt.)
4. How to bake incredible cookies from scratch.
5. How to make a damn good cocktail.
6. How to store your fruits and vegetables correctly.
More info: This Is Exactly How To Store Your Groceries
7. How to slow cook like a pro.
8. And alternatively, how to cook fast.
9. How to make healthier swaps when you want to.
Whether’s it’s quick ingredient substitutions (like trading maple syrup for fruit), or experimenting with better-for-you alternatives when you’re craving something sweet (like making soft serve out of frozen bananas) — the more swaps you have in your arsenal, the better.
11. How to make a meatless meal that even carnivores will love.
Meatless Monday is a great thing to adopt — even if only for a month or so — because a) it challenges you to think creatively beyond meat, and b) it’s almost always cheaper to cook without meat. (Which, TBH, is the reason I started doing it.) Easy MM staples that I never get tired of: veggie lo mein, spicy black bean tacos, creamy mushroom pasta, and vegetable stir-fry.
12. How to toss together a great marinade.
13. How to make homemade chicken broth.
14. How to make a salad that doesn’t suck.
Often, the key is an awesome homemade dressing. The two pictured above — a DIY balsamic vinaigrette and a tangy miso one — are great, easy starters. Three other things to try to work into your salads: something that’s crunchy, something that’s creamy, and something with protein — which will help keep you fuller, longer.
15. How to meal prep to save time and money.
Meal prep can take as little or as much time as you want it to — whether it’s quickly making a big batch of frozen breakfast smoothiesthat you can then grab in the mornings; or taking a few hours on Sunday and making lunch for the entire week. Along the way, you learn to get super efficient with your time (and often your money, because you can buy in bulk). Also, when it comes to prepping? Future You will thank Past You every single time.