Cooking Essentials: Equipment for Cooking (Novice Cooks)
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Smart Cooking & Kitchen Choices: Where to Invest & Save on Pots, Pans, & Utensils
4.7 (3 ratings)
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71 students enrolled
Created by Jenna Edwards
Last updated 5/2017
Price: $30
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Feel more confident in the kitchen
  • Understand which cookware to invest in and when expensive price tags are unnecessary
  • Choose the best cookware for flawless cooking
  • Lose weight, get healthier, and reduce stress by cooking more at home
View Curriculum
  • No action is necessary prior to starting the course.
  • It helps to like food & to know you want to be a good home cook.

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 October 25th, 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. It does, however, show HOW to use the recommended cookware.

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.

Who 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 the avid cook, who wants to upgrade the home cooking experience.
  • If you've fumbled through enough recipes to know you like cooking but want to add finesse, use this course to get the best equipment.
Curriculum For This Course
37 Lectures
Set Your Foundation
5 Lectures 13:40

A free ebook to meals in bowls! 

Bonus: Bowled Over ebook - how to make meals in bowls

Two main elements to consider when shopping. 

Preview 03:14

What role does stainless steel play in cookware? 

Why is there so much aluminum cookware? 

Is copper really the best? 

The Best Metals for Cooking

What does triply mean? 

Why are some sets so much cheaper than others? 

Is expensive really better? 

Preview 02:23
All About Equipment
11 Lectures 32:01

Discover the cookware most used on the stovetop for daily cooking. We'll cover which type of pan you'll most often use, how big your pots should be, and how many pots you need to get started. 

Stovetop Recommendations

Some sources recommend making cast iron part of a starter kitchen. I have my own opinion on that. 

The Deal with Cast Iron

After this class, you'll know which pieces you're likely to use in the oven regularly. Unless you're a baker, you don't need much. 

Oven Equipment

The types of plug-in appliances you'll regularly use. From food processors to blenders to mixers. 

Countertop Appliances

Should you have a microwave? I don't own one, but it doesn't have anything to do with safety. 


An overview of my stainless steel pieces. I talk you through how I use each piece and why I recommend it to you. 

My Kitchen, part 1

Here I cover my dutch ovens and stockpot. You'll get an idea of what size is best for how you plan to use yours. 

My Kitchen, part 2

In this video I demonstrate how to tell when your pan is hot, the number one mistake people use when cooking with stainless steel (versus non-stick), how to cook meat in the pan and make a pan sauce from the browned bits, and the easiest way to clean your fancy pan. 

How to Cook on Stainless Steel Cookware

Which comes first - heating the pan or adding the oil?

How to shop for non-toxic non-stick cookware & why it may not be necessary. 

The Deal with Non-Stick Cookware
4 Lectures 10:40

Don't clutter up your drawer with things you don't need. This class lays out the most used utensils for cooking, including visual examples of each utensil mentioned. 


More visuals from my own kitchen! 

Other Helpful Accessories

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


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

Additional Notes
Shopping Lists
3 Lectures 02:15

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.

For Online Shopping

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

Shopping or Registry Checklist
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.

Tiny Apartment Shopping List
1 page
What to Cook
8 Lectures 18:43

What you should always - ALWAYS - have on hand.

Preview 01:23

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

Dry Goods

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

Refrigerator Must-Haves

Store more than vodka and ice cream in there.

Preview 02:48

Add some flare to your food!

Helpful Condiments to Keep On Hand

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

Preview 02:40

Notes for Section 5

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

Master Grocery List
1 page
3 Lectures 11:57

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

Cooking Without Recipes

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

Preview 00:57

How to save and preserve your food.

Make the Most of Your Food
Course Wrap-Up
3 Lectures 03:46

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

Sources for Section 1 and 2

Suggestions for how to move forward with your new knowledge.

What Now?

Cook the Best Eggs: free coupon
About the Instructor
Jenna Edwards
4.6 Average rating
34 Reviews
2,974 Students
3 Courses
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.