15 Kitchen Skills To Master By The Time You're 30
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1. How to make eggs three ways.
Take your pick — fried, scrambled, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached — then learn exactly how to nail each version here. Once you've mastered that, experiment with turning eggs into full meals — they're versatile, cheap, and packed with protein.
2. How to cook pasta perfectly.
3. And how to make a killer sauce that isn't straight out of a jar.
Start with a super easy tomato sauce — like this classic version by Marcella Hazan that proves you don't need a laundry list of ingredients to make something rich and delicious. (In this case: only tomatoes, butter, onion, and salt.)
4. How to bake incredible cookies from scratch.
5. How to make a damn good cocktail.
6. How to store your fruits and vegetables correctly.
7. How to slow cook like a pro.
8. And alternatively, how to cook fast.
(Because life's too short to be hangry.)
9. How to make healthier swaps when you want to.
Whether's it's quick ingredient substitutions (like trading maple syrup for fruit), or experimenting with better-for-you alternatives when you're craving something sweet (like making soft serve out of frozen bananas) — the more swaps you have in your arsenal, the better.
10. How to cook an entire dinner on one sheet pan.
Any time you can cook protein and vegetables at the same time (and on the same surface, for less cleanup), it’s a good thing. Sheet pan dinners are the oven-ready equivalent of Crock-Pot dump dinners, or one-pot meals — and are perfect for busy weeknights.
11. How to make a meatless meal that even carnivores will love.
Meatless Monday is a great thing to adopt — even if only for a month or so — because a) it challenges you to think creatively beyond meat, and b) it's almost always cheaper to cook without meat. (Which, TBH, is the reason I started doing it.) Easy MM staples that I never get tired of: veggie lo mein, spicy black bean tacos, creamy mushroom pasta, and vegetable stir-fry.
12. How to toss together a great marinade.
13. How to make homemade chicken broth.
Easier to make than you think, and tastes way better than the boxed stuff.
14. How to make a salad that doesn't suck.
Often, the key is an awesome homemade dressing. The two pictured above — a DIY balsamic vinaigrette and a tangy miso one — are great, easy starters. Three other things to try to work into your salads: something that's crunchy, something that's creamy, and something with protein — which will help keep you fuller, longer.