“Kitchens are for conversation. They’re not just for cooking; they’re for conversations.” – Frank Delaney
There are a lot of Brits who can’t cook some of the most basic dishes, some even have no idea how to fry an egg, and there are even people who struggle to cook pasta or rice.
What about you?
Don’t panic if this applies to you! Superprof is here to help you with some free online cooking resources.
Let’s start with the pitfalls you’ll need to avoid when you first start cooking. Even if you don’t get cooking lessons, there are things you should keep in mind:
Watch and learn how to cook! (Source: Pexels)
By following these basic rules, anyone can become a great chef!
Why not make a chocolate cheesecake, strawberry tart, or a black forest gateau?
What if I told you there’s an online cooking school?
You can learn a lot about seasoning, cutting, and creating, and tasting dishes from real people, of course. However, you can sometimes just close your cooking books, put away your apron, sit down in front of your computer, and start taking notes like you would at a university lecture. This is thanks to MOOCs.
MOOC is short for Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs were first created by American universities and today offer plenty of courses in a huge variety of subjects to people all over the world.
Anyone can sign up to learn any subject and follow classes morning, noon, or night.
A good meal will leave your guests wanting more. (Source: cattalin)
There are a number of MOOCs dedicated to cooking and the science of cooking. These courses are for everyone. A lot of the courses have a specific start date. It’s very easy to sign up.
Once you’ve created a profile, you’ll be ready to enrol in the class.
Following a cooking MOOC is quite simple. You don’t need any previous qualifications to follow a free online course. Here are you few things you’ll learn about:
You’re also rewarded with a qualification at the end of a lot of MOOCs.
Ready to preheat your oven?
Since there are so many cooking video tutorials on YouTube, it can be difficult to find the good videos that are appropriate for your level.
To learn how to make a cake, a fruit salad, or a vegetable soup, you should check out a few of these video tutorials.
In both cooking and cooking video tutorials, presentation is important! (Source: MonikaP)
YouTube channels have changed the way we can learn new skills. You’ve probably already seen science or history videos or people teaching others how to play the guitar on YouTube. There are plenty of YouTubers and YouTube channels around for those wanting to learn how to cook.
However, there are also of useful sites where you can find videos on how to cook. There are also cooking Facebook pages with videos you can watch on how to cook a variety of meals.
These videos often last less than two minutes. You know the ones I mean; where you can only see the chef’s hands from above and the whole process is sped up. Websites are a good way to access thousands of recipes and are even better if you have a tablet to view them from while you follow the instructions.
Whether you’re looking to make a plate of pasta or a quiche lorraine, you should practice cooking, and there are literally plenty of websites for those who want to learn how to cook. Get your cooking utensils, turn on your computer, and get ready to find some of the greatest recipes around.
Why not get in touch with some friends and have them round to yours?
Whether learning to make tapas, roasting a chicken, or preparing a plate of cookies, the internet is home to plenty of different resources for those wanting to learn how to cook.
A few of our favourite sites include:
There are also plenty of blogs written by amateur cooks with original recipes for adventurous cooks. Whether you want to make a vegetable stir fry or learn how to boil an egg, you’ll find plenty of basic cooking instructions online. Additionally, there are lots of blogs for vegetarian and vegan cooking, too.
Many of us decide to learn how to cook because we want to eat more healthily. In fact, it’s the most common reason for learning how to cook.
The second most common reason people learn to cook is for enjoyment and having fun with friends and family. Whatever your reason for learning how to cook, these different resources should help you a lot.
Whether you want to cook some vegetables, take up baking, or just make healthier meals, these resources are the ingredients and the recipes you’ll start making hearty homemade meals.
The rest is up to you. If your first attempts at cooking failed, be patient! Learning from your mistakes is the best way to learn!
After having learnt a few basic cooking techniques, you can start moving onto more serious things and putting your new knowledge to the test.
Whether you’re cooking vegetarian cuisine, Indian food, or a Sunday lunch, you can do it cheaply if you’re organised. (Source: dbreen)
Here are 20 of the easiest recipes you can learn:
You can find recipes for these on cooking websites and blogs. Soon you’ll be making hamburgers, sushi, tacos, cheesecake, and macrons!
To learn how to cook like a genuine chef, you’re going to have to learn the lingo. In each of our articles on cooking, we have a few definitions of cooking terminology, so don’t forget to read our other articles.
This means to remove all the non-edible parts of an ingredient. For meat and fish, this can mean the bones, skin, etc. You can also pare fruit and vegetables.
Braising is when you cook something for a long time at a low heat in a closed container with a bit of seasoned liquid.