When it comes to food and diet, this is how I see it. The sooner people can learn to cook for themselves, and learn about what is and what isn’t good for them, the better! We all like to be fed by our parents when we are growing up, but as you enter your teens it is always a good idea to try to educate yourself on what it takes to succeed and make good choices in the kitchen. Here are eight cooking skills every teen needs to learn.
1. Boil Water
Let’s start at the very bottom of the ladder, shall we!? The ability to be able to boil water in a pan without drying it out or bubbling it over is essential for lots of great cooking things like making pasta, rice, boiling potatoes, and boiling vegetables. It doesn’t take long to master but it’s the first step in any cooking journey!
Learning how to cook eggs can be the saving grace of breakfast time for the rest of your life. If you have scramble, fried, poached, omelette, and all the rest in your locker, you’ll never go hungry again! And you'll always be able to afford a healthy meal.
It is important to learn how to chop properly because it can be really hard work and potentially dangerous if you do it wrong. You need to know where and how to place your fingers because being careless with that can lead to an injury for you and ruined ingredients for everyone else.
4. Pasta Dish
The great thing about pasta is that is it quick, easy and nutritious, so it’s ideal to know at least one pasta-based dish that can be classed as one of your specialities.
5. Cooked Meat
Whilst some meats like beef and lamb can be served on the rare/pink side, you need to make sure that you learn how to tell when things like chicken and pork still need time in the oven.
6. Food Hygiene
The way you keep a kitchen is just as important as the things that you make in it. The earlier you learn to run a tight ship, the less stressful and potentially ill making your cooking adventures will be!
7. Planning Ahead
You will learn that you save so much more money at the supermarket when you plan ahead for what to cook during the week. It is always more efficient to take a neat shopping list to the store rather than freestyle it when you get there.
8. Washing up
If you are smart enough to make a tasty dish, then you are smart enough to clean up after yourself when you have finished! The aim should be to never allow your dirty dishes and pans to build up.