Kitchen Basics
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Kitchen Basics

Learn the basics of the kitchen, from food hygiene to knives, build your confidence, to enjoy creating in the kitchen.
4.5 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
375 students enrolled
Created by Tamzin Cochrane
Last updated 9/2015
Price: $20
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the equipment in a kitchen
  • Understand which equipment is essential and which equipment would be nice to have.
  • Be able to use the correct knife for the correct job
  • Be able to prepare vegetables in a variety of ways
  • Be able to chop vegetables in a wide variety of ways
  • Understand and be able to take care of knives.
  • Understand and be able to use the main cooking methods when creating in the kitchen
  • Understand the importance of Personal Hygiene in the kitchen
  • Know the temperature range for bacteria to multiply
  • Adapt a recipe to their personal taste buds
  • Feel comfortable in a kitchen with the equipment they have
  • Be able to cook with confidence in the kitchen
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  • Nothing at all, sit back and learn, then go and practice in your kitchen. Practice makes cooking easier, but cooking should always be fun.

Cooking is about having fun and experimenting with food. To do that you need to understand some basic principles of cooking methods and food safety. Confidence is key. This course takes the worry out of the fundamentals, and teaches you everything you need to learn to get you started and on the road to success in the kitchen.

It is aimed at new chefs, returning chefs brushing up on knowledge that has become rusty, it is for the college student, single parent try to cook more healthily and needing a starting point,

I have included extra resources, so you can print them off and have them handy.

I have included some recipes to emphasis a cooking method.

I have mainly used video to show you exactly what i mean, but have followed it up with written words in the majority of the lectures.

This course allows you to dip in and out, at sections that you need there and then.

It is a comprehensive course about fundamentals in the kitchen, not just one style but the foundation for you to create in the kitchen successfully.

You will learn and understand all about food hygiene so you know who you are feeding stays fit and healthy.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is to teach the skills used in every day cooking and different cooking styles. It is for children, new chefs , those who have just left home,
  • A refesher course for those who have not covered the importance of food hygiene for a long time.
  • Anyone wishing to master cooking for the first time, or improve the skill level of exisiting knowledge.
  • If you feel overwhelmed by the variety of skills needed in a kitchen, this course is for you. It will show you, you have nothing to fear.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Welcome to Kitchen Basic's, it is great to see you here.
1 Lecture 04:52

I love to cook and have been doing it for as long as I can remember, but like most things in life, the preparation is a BIG part of cooking. It also gives us confidence to explore and experiment. This introduction gives you more of an insight to this.

Preview 04:52
Kitchen equipment overview
4 Lectures 45:04

Lets look at what is essential in a kitchen and what is nice to have and a luxury to have. As you build your cooking skills you will want more eqipment I expect- but do you really need it?

What is everything in a kitchen

You will use these most days, so lets understand what they do, and which ones do what!

Pots and pans

here are some more pots and pans that you can use in the kitchen, I go through what they are, how you would use them and how they can be versitile.

Extra equipment and what it is for.

We can bake many items, from bread, cakes cookies, muffins etc, and they all have baking tins and pans to help us. Here is a description of the main ones.

The tins and pans used for baking
Knives and their uses
4 Lectures 32:27

Knives have a purpose, so we will be looking at what they do and why they are made the way they are. It is important you understand the basics of knives.

Learn the differences in knives
2 pages

You own the knives, now lets sharpen them and care for them. You will learn how to use different sharpeners and what surfaces you should cut on and which you should not!

Care of knives

So many ways to prepare vegetables. Lets learn some different ways to cut them up and cook them. Variety is the spice of life, and cooking vegetables in different ways will really pep up a meal.

Preparing vegetables for cooking or eating

Once again we need to use different ways to cut up meat for cooking or serving. Lets learn what these are and how to accomplish this.

Preview 06:19
Different cooking methods
9 Lectures 24:34

Understand the idea behind boiling food and the uses and pitfalls of boiling food.Learn how to boil food, including safety with boiling water in a kitchen.


Understand the idea behind baking, and what we bake and tips on how to know if your oven is at the correct temperature. Learn how to bake.


Understand the concept of Roasting, why it differs from baking and learn how to roast food.


Understand what Poaching is, how we poach and the why you might use poaching.

Preview 04:03

Understand how to stream your food or just wilt it. You will be able to do both and understand the difference.

Steaming and Wilting

Understand how to deep fry and shallow fry, what each method is used for and teh safety aspects of them.

Frying- shallow, sauté and deep.

Understand the different ways to grill, the versatility of grilling and the safety aspects of grilling.

Grilling indoor and outdoor techniques
2 pages

Understand how to Fondue and safety aspects of using a fondue.

1 page

Understand how to cook with a microwave and the benefits and safety.

2 pages
Cooking Techniques
1 Lecture 01:09

When you cook, you will need to skim off fat or froth from the top of the dish, you will know a few methods to do that from this section.

Kitchen cleanliness
6 Lectures 41:34

Learn why personal hygiene is the one of the most important food safety skills you can learn, help reduce food poisoning for yourself and others.hand washing is the first line of defense, learn why here.

Personal hygiene and especially hand washing.

Understand how bacteria multiply and the temperatures they love to thrive in, so you can have control in your kitchen. What do they do in the freezer, fridge or when cooked? The answers might surprise you.

Multiplication of pathogenic bacteria

A light look at what causes food borne illness, summarising many of the lectures above.

Causes of food borne illness

What else can contaminate our food? Learn here so you can feed yourself and others safely.
What are food contaminants?

Understand the importance of where refrigerated items should go in the fridge. Why this will help you and how to stay on top of this when others go in and out of your fridge. Understand the storage of all items in the store cupboard, pantry and any other places you store dry food goods.

How to stock a refridgerator and storage of your food

What lives in the kitchen? Learn how to keep pests out, and why we need to.

Pest Control

Lets recap on all the ways we can contaminate food and what we have learned about bacteria.

Food Safety
8 questions
Enjoy yourself
3 Lectures 00:00

Cooking is about YOU! It is important that you understand what you like to eat, to cook with and shop for. No point in cooking a dish if touching the raw fish and cleaning it is going to turn you off the emal.

Learning what you like.
1 page

Cooking is still about YOU! Learn about to adapting recipes, how you do that and why you would do that.

How to adapt a recipe and like how it looks.
1 page

Everyone one of us is an individual, so how you flow in your kitchen is very important. Learn why taking time to sort this will save you a lot of time in the future. We all have an infite amount of time.

Set your kitchen up for your method of workflow
9 pages
About the Instructor
Tamzin Cochrane
4.5 Average rating
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375 Students
1 Course
The Busy persons guide to cooking

Kitchen Coach Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. A caterer by trade, she has worked in the food and hospitality industry for years, and now she's sharing her passion for food through personal and video coaching, too. She knows that a simple, fresh meal can create space for family and friends to connect. She is especially passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. With some simple strategies, kitchen skeptics realize that cooking doesn't have to be stressful and complicated; in fact, stepping back into the kitchen can be joyful and life-giving!