0801kitchen-utesils

Cooking Basics Checklist

Don’t know where to get started in the kitchen? Follow these easy steps and tips.

Work Smart

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    Before starting, read the recipe all the way through. Then preheat the oven, if necessary.

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    Make sure you have the ingredients and gear you need and get it all out.

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    Before you start cooking, prep all the ingredients according to the recipe instructions. (This is called mise en place.)

Work Safely

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    Position the handles of pots and pans over the counter or the stove to prevent accidents.

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    Place a damp kitchen towel under your cutting board to prevent the board from slipping.

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    Wash your hands and any boards and knives that have come into contact with raw meat immediately to prevent cross contamination.

Work Clean

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    Keep a kitchen towel close at hand for wiping dirty hands and handling hot pans.

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    Wipe down cutting boards as you go: Once you chop the parsley, give it a swipe, then start on the garlic.

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    Work near a trash can or keep a “trash bowl” in the prep area to dispose of trimmings and peels.