Master These 5 Cooking Skills by the Time You Leave Home

There are a couple of kitchen skills you should have mastered in order to, you know, feed yourself properly. Here are 5 essential skills that’ll give your parents some peace of mind when they know you’re not eating peanut butter for dinner every night.

April 4, 2019

1. How to Chop Onions, and Keep Your Knives Sharp While You’re At It

Learning how to chop an onion is going to make your life so much easier. From soups and stews to sauces, most delicious things start with some combination of chopped onion and garlic. In order to stay safe, make sure your knives are always sharp when chopping. A dull knife is actually way more dangerous than a sharp one.

2. How to Make a Simple Veggie Roast

Roasted Vegetables

Leanne Brown

A simple veggie roast is a lifesaver on days when you know you should step away from the instant ramen but don’t know what else to eat. Toss broccoli, carrots, beets, cauliflower, and whatever else you have with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any spices you have on hand, and stick them in the oven. As long as you’ve paired veggies that cook at the same speed, this is impossible to mess up (unless you forget them in the oven).

3. Create a Simple Red Sauce

Favorite Quick Spaghetti Sauce

30 Pounds of Apples

Pasta is a lifesaver, especially when you’re on a budget and just figuring out this whole “cooking” thing. Skip the jarred stuff by learning to make your own red sauce. It’s super easy, requires only a few ingredients, and can be customized and upgraded once you start feeling more comfortable with your skills.

4. How to Make Your Own Salad Dressing

Vegan 5-Ingredient Thai Peanut Dressing

wholly deliciousness!

Salad is good for you. But what makes salad really delicious is a killer dressing. Skip the store-bought stuff that’s filled with sugar and preservatives, and make your own. It’s incredibly easy. You can start off with a simple vinaigrette (balsamic vinegar and oil whisked together, with some mustard or honey added for flavour), but once you master the basics—emulsifying an oil base with an acid— the sky’s the limit and you can really get creative with flavours and textures.

5. How to Roast a Chicken

Classic Roast Chicken


It’s a classic for a reason. A roast chicken looks impressive, will feed you for a week, is cheap, and makes for a great meal when hosting a dinner party. And it’s really not as scary as it looks. Simply make sure you pat your chicken dry to get a nice, crispy skin, season liberally, and for goodness sake invest in a cooking thermometer so you can check whether the chicken is done without cutting it open and losing precious juices.

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