Improving My Cooking Skills Through Craftsy

I like to cook. And after spending the past 15 years cooking just about every day, I like to think I’m good at cooking. (I can say this with confidence, because I’ve learned to embrace my weaknesses … and my strengths.)

Since switching to a real food diet, I’ve learned a lot about food preparation over the past few years. I can cook confidently, even without following recipes.

So when I recently took Chef Brendan McDermott’s Craftsy course, 20 Essential Cooking Techniques, I was surprised to learn a LOT.

Since switching to a real food diet, I’ve learned a lot about food preparation over the past few years. I can cook confidently, even without following recipes. So when I recently took a Craftsy cooking course, I was surprised to learn a LOT.

I thought I knew how to fry an egg … or scramble one. After all, those are pretty basic cooking techniques.

But then I took his eCourse. McDermott thoroughly explained how he cooks eggs perfectly – and why he chooses to use tools like a cast iron skillet and a fish spatula. (Hint: Properly cared for, an iron skillet works just like nonstick cookware!) I know why he cooks with room temperature eggs and olive oil. Sorry, but I won’t reveal his secrets … you’ll have to find out in his course!

And then I actually tried fried eggs the Brendan McDermott way. Oh.My.Stars. I’m a huge fan of eggs (they’re such tasty little culinary treasures, filled with protein), but they’ve never tasted that great before. I thought I liked the taste of my style of eggs. But after this eCourse, my egg chefery has greatly improved. My breakfast now truly tastes like it’s been prepared by a chef.

I can hardly wait to prepare chicken the way he carefully demonstrates – the tattooed and talented McDermott explains how (and why)  to tie a chicken, roast a chicken and carve a chicken. While I’ve roasted a lot of chickens, I now know I’ll be making a lot of simple and quick improvements.

Aside from chickens and eggs, 20 Essential Cooking Techniques also includes 3 hours of lessons in:

  • Enhancing flavors;
  • Blanching and shocking vegetables;
  • Making stock;
  • Working with fish and shellfish;
  • Working with pork.

The great thing is once you purchase a Craftsy eCourse, it never expires – so I’ll be able to revisit particular lessons if I forget a certain technique or tip.

As a cook who is comfortable in the kitchen, I learned a lot. I can only imagine how much I could have learned if I would have taken this course years ago. (Hint: If you’re uncomfortable in the kitchen, this would be a fantastic way to improve your abilities and knowledge.)

Since switching to a real food diet, I’ve learned a lot about food preparation over the past few years. I can cook confidently, even without following recipes. So when I recently took a Craftsy cooking course, I was surprised to learn a LOT.

Craftsy in the kitchen … and the garden … and the studio …

I’m a fan of Craftsy because of their free mini eCourses (McDermott also teaches Complete Knife Skills).But they’re not just limited to cooking classes. Later this spring I plan on taking some gardening eCourses. There are plenty of cake decorating classes. And because I don’t carve out time for art or crafts in my life, I haven’t even touched Craftsy’s sewing and quilting, yarn and fiber arts, or art and photo courses.

You can take advantage of the free mini eCourses, invest in a series of paid classes, or you can gift any Craftsy class.

Since switching to a real food diet, I’ve learned a lot about food preparation over the past few years. I can cook confidently, even without following recipes. So when I recently took a Craftsy cooking course, I was surprised to learn a LOT.

If you’ve taken a Craftsy class before, what skills did you learn?

P.S. You can try a FREE Craftsy class through The Ultimate DIY Bundle!!


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