11 Skills Every Amateur Chef Should Learn

Katie Sweeney

If you’re just getting started in the kitchen, you may feel overwhelmed or intimidated, but remember that cooking is like anything else: The more you practice, the better you will become. Feel like you’re too far behind to ever catch up? It’s never too late to tie on that apron and learn how to whip up a chunky flavorful soup or cheesy baked enchiladas. After all, Julia Child didn’t learn how to cook until she was in her fifties!

When you’re new to the world of pots and pans, paring knifes and strainers, and peelers and spatulas, begin with mastering a few essential skills. From there, build your foundation and expand your culinary repertoire by experimenting with dishes and recipes that interest you. Here are the basic building blocks every amateur home chef should learn.

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