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Kitchen ABC's

Updated on March 28, 2013

Although I am a mother of four, I never really learned how to cook until I enrolled in culinary classes at our local college. Until then, the most important things in my kitchen were my microwave and the oven. My children grew up on canned and frozen foods and the occasional meal cooked by Grandma.

As I walked into my first class, all of the younger people were looking at me expecting me to be a gourmet chef. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. Many of my classmates were professionals compared to me because of the advent of Food Network. I really was not sure that I would enjoy learning to cook, but I was willing to give it a try. I was fortunate to have some wonderful instructors who took me by the hand and introduced me to the magical world of food.

One of the first things I learned was that having the proper equipment is crucial to being a kichen sucess. Whether you are a begining cook or a well seasoned cook, having the proper cookware is vital. Invest in a set of heavy duty stainless steel pans. Steer clear of teflon coated pans for a couple of reasons. First, over time the teflon begins to flake away. Secondly, you need to wooden or plastic utensils in order to perserve them. A good set of stainless steel cookware will serve you well and will last for many years.

I am not one who promotes name brands, but when it comes to a skillet, Orgreenic makes thebest I have ever used. It does not scratch and it cleans up easily. The handles are heat resistant and they come in several sizes.

The next most important kitchen utensil is a good set of knives. Get a good quality set with a full tang. The tang is the metal part that goes all the way through the handle. Get a chef, paring, bread and boning knife. Good knives can be sharpened and will last for a very long time. Be sure to never put knives in the dishwasher because the heat will cause them to dull quickly.

I hope this short article will help someone who is notsure of what to buy. Watch for new articles on baking supplies and cooking concepts.


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