Cooking Essentials: Equipment for Cooking (Novice Cooks)

Smart Cooking & Kitchen Choices from Your Cooking Companion: Where to Invest & Save on Pots, Pans, & Utensils
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  • Lectures 32
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 23 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Student Testimonial: "I love your course so far. I wish I discovered it 22 years ago when I first got married! But it's never too late to improve yourself, I am very happy with your suggestions."

"Every item that Jenna recommended is one that I've been using often since I've watched the course"

**Course updated in September 2016

My goal is for you to feel equipped to make savvy, resourceful choices with building your kitchen. That each time you cook, you think "I'm so glad I have this." 

**April 2016 update: I'm proud to announce that 85% of the proceeds from this course has been donated to the medical care of rescued cocker spaniels in the NYC area via Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue. 

In less than an hour:

  1. this course will walk you through the best recommendations for which cookware equipment to invest in, so you spend your money wisely;
  2. then we get into what basic ingredients to keep stocked in your kitchen so you can always put together a flavorful, simple, nutritious meal without relying on a recipe every time you want to cook;
  3. and finally, we talk about what to do if you don't get around to using your fresh food or to eating your cooked food.

The course does not get into specific food preparation nor does it provide recipes or cooking techniques.

The information in the course is based on equipment and ingredients typical to the US, however, I've tried to keep it basic enough that it can translate to any country/culture.

The course will be updated with new information, so you'll always be up-to-date on the latest experiments and findings.

This course is set up to watch it once and have a better grasp of your options and how to make strategic decisions. You will feel equipped to buy what you need and avoid being distracted by what you don't really need (no matter how nifty is looks/sounds!). As I update the course with new information, you'll be notified to take part in the updates.

If you're starting a new diet, this course is extremely important to helping you stay ON TRACK with the best equipment to make cooking easier, quicker, and tastier. Your health will increase due to eating fresher foods, especially increasing your vegetable intake. This course is even beneficial to vegetarians, where cooking vegetables is a huge component to staying energized and healthy.

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, web designers, coders, work from home-ers - this course was made for you. You sit at a desk all day, most likely at home, and your creativity is paramount. Be efficient with your time in the kitchen and invest in yourself with cooking.

At the end of the day, eating is a necessity of life and it heavily affects health and happiness. The only way to control what you eat is to fix it yourself. With food being so important to life, make the effort to enjoy the process. Start your lifelong relationship with food and cooking with this course.

This course is unique because of my personal background. As a certified Health Coach and former Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship and Coaching Skills for a major online nutrition school, I've spent years breaking down "assumed" or "second-nature" information so it can be absorbed and put into action, whether for personal health goals or business-oriented dreams. I get that the simplest things aren't the easiest things and when it comes to cooking and eating, we may have forgotten how natural it is. And we may need to be taught that intuitive nature again. I take that approach in this course with the goal of getting you into the kitchen.

What are the requirements?

  • No action is necessary prior to starting the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Lose weight, get healthier, and reduce stress by cooking more at home
  • Never again stare at an empty fridge and wonder what to eat
  • Choose the best cookware for flawless cooking
  • Feel more confident in the kitchen
  • Save money by buying only food you know you'll use
  • Understand which cookware to invest in and when expensive price tags are unnecessary
  • Avoid throwing out good food
  • Save time by properly preserving food for a future meal

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for the individual wanting to cook more at home but feels overwhelmed at which cookware pieces to buy. You appreciate high quality ingredients and will go the extra step for an amazing meal. You want to learn how to cook more often and WELL, and you know that equipment is extremely important to the process. You also want to know how to cook without recipes and therefore, what food to always keep around to make easy, flavorful meals without thinking too hard.
  • This course is NOT for someone looking for diet advice, although most of the recommendations in this course can support any new diet endeavor. For instance, if you want to go Paleo, you'll still need equipment, condiments, and basic materials to prepare your diet-specific meals.
  • This course is for a couple building a wedding registry, who knows they will cook for each other, but you don't yet know what.
  • This course is for a recent college graduate, looking to build a starter kitchen now that he/she is out in the real world.
  • This course is for any adult starting over or finally in a place to invest in the right pieces.
  • This course is for the avid cook, who wants to upgrade the home cooking experience.
  • This is for the non-cook with health goals and knows cooking at home is a large component to reaching those goals, but procrastinates because of a lack of confidence in and knowledge around a kitchen. THIS is your starting point.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Set Your Foundation
Welcome to Cooking Essentials!
Preview
02:08
03:14

Two main elements to consider when shopping. 

02:37

What role does stainless steel play in cookware? 

Why is there so much aluminum cookware? 

Is copper really the best? 

02:23

What does triply mean? 

Why are some sets so much cheaper than others? 

Is expensive really better? 

Section 2: Shopping for Equipment
07:32

Discover the cookware most used on the stovetop for daily cooking.

01:44

How to Introduce Yourself to Cast Iron

02:04

After this class, you'll know which pieces you're likely to use in the oven regularly.

Baking & Roasting
Preview
01:42
03:20

The types of plug-in appliances you'll regularly use. 

00:47

Should you have a microwave?

05:15

An overview of my stainless steel pieces

My Kitchen, part 2
03:16
Section 3: Accessorize!
02:45

Don't clutter up your drawer with things you don't need. This class lays out the most used utensils for cooking. 

Other Helpful Accessories
04:09
02:45

How many? Which ones? Why those? What materials? Cutting boards? Wood versus glass versus plastic?

Article

Odds, ends, and extra notes on what to (not) buy.

Section 4: Shopping Lists
Article

Links to items on Amazon. Either use these links to purchase for yourself or give yourself an idea of what the product looks like and educate yourself with product reviews.

1 page

A comprehensive list of equipment and accessories to build a starter kitchen or registry. Includes notes on sizes and investment pieces.

1 page

Space is a huge constraint, so you want only the necessities. This list includes both investment pieces and budgetary compromises for the same pieces.

Section 5: What to Cook
Article

What you should always - ALWAYS - have on hand.

03:58

The dry goods to keep in a pantry for quick, easy preparation.

03:11

Keep your frig looking like someone actually lives in your apartment.

02:48

Store more than vodka and ice cream in there.

Article

Add some flare to your food!

02:40

In addition to vegetables, meat, and other food you regularly purchase.

Notes for Section 5
Article
1 page

A summary of condiments, goods, and produce to shop for.

Section 6: Cooking
06:44

Using your well-stocked pantry and cooking repertoire, you'll now piece together a full meal.

Article

Creatives will enjoy the inspiration; logicians will appreciate the directions.

04:16

How to save and preserve your food.

Section 7: Course Wrap-Up
Article

For those who want to read in more depth about the recommendations.

03:11

Suggestions for how to move forward with your new knowledge.

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Instructor Biography

Jenna Edwards, Homecooking Expert

Trained as a coach to shift lifestyle behaviors, Jenna specializes in the very basics of eating better (healthier, tastier, quicker) and cooking. Additionally, Jenna is an expert in converting non-cooks to amateur cooks. Her natural curiosity has led her to research products, techniques, and processes for the most simple experience.

She'll teach you just enough to make cooking approachable, make your own food, and reach your goal of eating healthier. Jenna's work is geared towards the self-employed, the creative, the entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial who want to cook more for themselves. She cuts the learning curve when it comes to knowing the what, how, and why. She'll guide you to make the best decisions for yourself and your situation.

Jenna is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she also managed the Coaching and Entrepreneurship curriculum. Her love for food and cooking comes from her adventures competing at both the Miss America and Miss USA pageants representing Florida.

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