7 Cooking Essentials For Every College Student

by ParentCo. July 08, 2016

Here are basic kitchen skills your teen should master before summer is over. When our oldest child left for college last fall, I knew I would miss him terribly...but I wasn’t sure what might prompt him to initiate a call or text. The answer? A cooking question: “How do I make that chicken? How much lime do I use in that dressing? ..." College students tell me they cook, or at least aspire to... So what basic cooking skills do kids need? Wield a knife: The biggest and most undervalued key to having good knife skills is keeping knives sharp. Boil water: If you can boil water, you can make pasta, rice, hard-boiled eggs, mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables. Sauté: If your kid can melt some oil or butter in a skillet, they can scramble or fry an egg and sauté vegetables, tofu or meat. Bake and roast:...teach them about preheating the oven, buttering or oiling the pan to make cleanup easier, setting a timer so food doesn’t burn... Use a slow cooker: With the right ratio of food to liquid, you can slow-cook almost anything... Plan meals: ...make a grocery list and shop, and know when to start cooking each dish so they will all be ready at the same time... Do the dishes: It’s not glamorous, but remind kids about the importance of cleaning up after eating...
Source: 7 kitchen skills kids need before they leave for college - The Washington Post



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