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Healthy Cooking Fundamentals

A practical course to take your cooking skills from dull to delicious
Instructor:
Chef Nic DeMuth
22,499 students enrolled
English [Auto]
Read a recipe to make your life easier
Keep your food safe from harmful bacteria and disease
Save time and reduce stress by preparing ingredients before you cook
Confidently and safely use a knife and know how to keep it sharp
Use chef skills to build the most flavor in your cooking
Stop your food from burning by using deglazing techniques
Plate, garnish and present a meal that looks as delicious as it tastes
Apply all of these skills by cooking a simple and tasty curry

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. 

Introduction to the Course

1
Welcome to the course & what's in store

Chef Nic gives you an overview of what this course will cover. 

Essential Cooking Skills

1
What 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. 

2
How to decipher a recipe

Recipes are guidelines rather than rules. Learn how to read and use a recipe when you are cooking. 

3
Food 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. 

4
Washing raw ingredients

Washing raw ingredients is safer (and often tastier) for us home cooks. Learn how to do it by watching this video. 

5
How to measure ingredients

Learn how chefs measure dry and liquid ingredients. 

6
Mise en Place

THE best tip for enjoying the kitchen more: Prepare all of your ingredients first. 

7
Key Skill - Mise en Place

This is the #1 habit you can develop to reduce stress in the kitchen. 

8
Essential knife skills
9
Understanding seasoning

Learn how to enhance the flavor of your food using salt, spices and other seasonings. 

10
Building a flavor base

Learn how to build a flavor base to elevate the taste of your food. 

11
Key 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.

12
Deglazing 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. 1: Make a Green Curry

1
Applying 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. 

2
How to use oil and salt

Recap how to use oil and salt as tools to draw out and capture flavor in your meal. 

3
Creating 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. 

4
How 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. 2: Create a Flavor Base

1
Cooking one ingredient at a time

Create your dish in layers. Learn how to keep your pan hot while adding ingredients. 

2
When 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.

3
What is flavor?

Learn how flavor works by activating the various forms of taste: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami.  

4
Adding seasoning to a dish

Learn how to add seasoning along with a few secrets about using garlic. 

5
How and why to deglaze

Learn how to deglaze in action to keep the most flavor in your dish (and keep it from burning). 

6
Key Skill - Cooking your Ingredients

After building a solid flavor base, we begin cooking our ingredients. What did you learn?

Applying Theory Pt. 3: Build Your Dish

1
Cooking using the whole pan to cook
2
Using different liquids to deglaze
3
How to cater to larger groups
4
Why cutting ingredients consistently matters
5
What is a sauce?
6
Reducing a sauce
7
Avoid burning your dish

Applying Theory Pt. 4: Variations, Adjusting to Taste, & Plating

1
Recipe variations and creativity
2
Tasting as you go
3
Plating

Cook Your Own Curry

1
It's curry time!
2
Let's get cooking
3
Final Test

It's time for you to test out your new skills.

4
Outro

Bonus Material: Essential Kitchen Equipment

1
Navigating the Essential Kitchen Equipment Mini-Series
2
Primary kitchen appliances
3
Measuring tools
4
Knives
5
Sheering, peeling, bread knives, and zesting
6
Salad equipment
7
Pans
8
Baking equipment
9
Blending equipment
10
Odds and ends
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