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.
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.)
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.
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!!