Healthy Cooking Fundamentals
Do you want to be more confident creating your own healthy meals? Do you want the kitchen to be a source of curious learning rather than a stressful deadline? Join this course to learn culinary skills from Chef Nic DeMuth that will take your cooking ability to the next level.
There are a three key skills that most home-cooks don’t use that will turbocharge your enjoyment, confidence and ability in the kitchen: Mise en Place, creating a flavor base using salt and oil as tools and building your meal in layers. Your teacher, Chef Nic, a New York-trained health supportive chef and founder of the Up Beet Kitchen, shares these skills and many more, along with liberal splashes of his favorite cooking tips that are guaranteed to elevate your kitchen prowess.
Nic applies these skills though a delicious cashew curry recipe. At the end of the course the final test is for you to create the meal yourself and apply the skills you learned along the way.
In just two hours you can complete this course having cooked a delicious dinner or lunch.
BONUS MATERIAL: We have included an extra mini-series which will help you navigate which tools and equipment you absolutely need in your kitchen and which ones work best.
Essential Cooking Skills
Applying Theory Pt. 1: Make a Green Curry
2What is a Chef?
A chef is anyone who creates food for others. Chef Nic shares how YOU will become a chef throughout this course by looking out for these key things.
3How to decipher a recipe
Recipes are guidelines rather than rules. Learn how to read and use a recipe when you are cooking.
4Food sanitation and keeping your food safe
Food is for healing, not harm. Learn how to keep your food clean and safe throughout the cooking process.
5Washing raw ingredients
Washing raw ingredients is safer (and often tastier) for us home cooks. Learn how to do it by watching this video.
6How to measure ingredients
Learn how chefs measure dry and liquid ingredients.
7Mise en Place
THE best tip for enjoying the kitchen more: Prepare all of your ingredients first.
8Key Skill - Mise en Place
This is the #1 habit you can develop to reduce stress in the kitchen.
9Essential knife skills
Learn how to enhance the flavor of your food using salt, spices and other seasonings.
11Building a flavor base
Learn how to build a flavor base to elevate the taste of your food.
12Key Skill - Building a Flavor Base
That was the fundamentals on how to create a flavor base for your dish using oil and salt. Let's see if you picked up the key bits.
13Deglazing a pan
Learn how to remove food particles that are stuck to the bottom of your pan. Those particles are filled with flavor so you want them mixed back into your dish!
Applying Theory Pt. 2: Create a Flavor Base
14Applying theory to the cooking process
Chef Nic introduces to you to the cashew curry recipe. Follow along the next few sections to learn how he applies the theories from Section 2 to this recipe.
15How to use oil and salt
Recap how to use oil and salt as tools to draw out and capture flavor in your meal.
16Creating a flavor base with the correct type of cooking oil
There are many options when it comes to cooking oils. Learn which ones to use and avoid.
17How to add salt to your dish
Salt use can make or break a dish. Learn how to best use salt and to season from a great hight.
Applying Theory Pt. 3: Build Your Dish
18Cooking one ingredient at a time
Create your dish in layers. Learn how to keep your pan hot while adding ingredients.
19When to stir your ingredients and the types of pans to use
Learn when to stir a dish. Chef Nic also shares some tips on pan selection.
20What is flavor?
Learn how flavor works by activating the various forms of taste: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami.
21Adding seasoning to a dish
Learn how to add seasoning along with a few secrets about using garlic.
22How and why to deglaze
Learn how to deglaze in action to keep the most flavor in your dish (and keep it from burning).
23Key Skill - Cooking your Ingredients
After building a solid flavor base, we begin cooking our ingredients. What did you learn?