Kitchen skills and tips

Learn more about basic kitchen skills and tips in this short video series:

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Before you cook: mise en place

Food professionals sometimes use the French phrase mise en place (pronounced meez-ahn-plahs) which means to ‘put in place’ when describing the process of setting up everything needed to prepare a dish or menu item. 

When you start cooking, look for these steps outlined in the video below in the recipe you are using — it will help guide your mise en place!

Basic knife skills

In this video, you'll learn:

  • How to safely hold a knife.
  • How to cut different food items.
  • Different definitions and techniques.
  • Learn how to cut different veggies and fruit in our Chopping 101 guide

Measuring dry and liquid ingredients

In this video, you'll learn:

  • How to measure different ingredients.
  • Best techniques for measuring accuracy.

Selecting and storing fresh produce

In this video, you'll learn:

  • How to select fresh produce.
  • Suggested recipes based on the type of produce.
  • How to properly store produce.

Cooking terms

There is a wide variety of different cooking terms and methods used in recipes. You can look up specific terms using this guide or view this video for some helpful tips.