In this section, you'll find what we consider essential in order to become comfortable cooking without directions - understanding how to use heat will greatly impact your cooking, as well as knowing which fats (read: oils) to use when cooking and mastering your knife skills.
Mastering Your Oven + Stove
Understanding how to use your oven's particulars and familiarizing yourself with flame levels and heat distribution will save your cooking. It will take you from a timid beginner to a confident cook. This is a huge step in being able to troubleshoot since controlling heat is a major factor in kitchen screw ups. Once you get a handle on these, you'll be that much closer to tackling anything in the kitchen.
Working With Fats
There are tons of different types of oils to choose from. Sometimes it can get overwhelming knowing which one to use because each has its own characteristics, including a point at which it burns (aka smoke point). This page discusses the different smoke points, types of oil, and how you can use them to your advantage, as well as nutritional values for each type, so you can make the best possible decision for your particular cooking scenario.
Using Your Knife
There are so many knives out there. Each one has a style and purpose of its own. They come in all shapes and sizes, some of which can be pretty intimidating. So, it’s important to get to know your knives, how to use them, and how to keep them working right. If you are going to have any knife, a chef knife would be your best bet.