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13 Basic Cooking Techniques Everyone Should Know

It's easier than you think. (With videos!)

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4. Cooking a pot of pasta:

Fill a pot with water. Boil (and make sure it's srsly BOILING). Add a bunch of salt so your water is nice and ~briny~. Add pasta. Check after about 8 minutes of cooking: taste the pasta to make sure it's as firm or mushy as you like it.

You don't have to use a giant pot like this one, but make sure you use one that's big enough for the pasta to move around in the water. Otherwise, it might stick to itself. Watch the full video here, and learn how to measure out the perfect portions of spaghetti here.

7. Cooking an onion until it's translucent:

The trick is: Mostly leaving them alone, stirring only every minute or two! You'll know they're done when they're slightly translucent, like in the photo above. Watch the full video here.


9. Browning ground beef:

The trick is: Thawing your meat completely before you start cooking it. Otherwise, some parts of the meat will cook more quickly than others, and in the end be overdone. Watch the whole video here.