When I wanted to master basic cooking techniques, I spent many hours looking for cooking classes. I wanted to go to a cooking school, but my options seemed to be to either enroll in culinary school for $30,000 or take beginner cooking classes for $75 to $100 a class, or more. Neither of those options really fit my needs. So I looked for online cooking schools that would offer something in between.
Online cooking classes are a great alternative for someone who wants to learn more advanced cooking techniques but doesn’t want to invest the time or money in culinary school. Here are the pros and cons that I discovered as I researched and tested a variety of online learning classes.
- Online cooking classes are very affordable, ranging from free to about $30 per month (for a subscription to a cooking school where you can take as many classes as you want per month).
- Typically, technique lessons run for 5 to 10 minutes, making it easy to brush up on the skill before you start cooking.
- You can watch the videos as often as you want or need. I like to watch the video, practice, and then watch the video again to make sure I’m doing it right.
- If you have a laptop, you can watch the video while you’re in the kitchen cooking.
- You learn at your own pace and take only the lessons you are interested in.
- The quality of the online cooking lessons varies. Some are professionally produced and are terrific, and some aren’t.
- You don’t have the instructor watching you, so you don’t get feedback on whether you’re performing the technique correctly.
- You don’t have the camaraderie of the other students in a classroom setting, although I get around that by having class nights with friends and we all take a lesson together.
As you can see, the pros outweigh the cons. What I do is take the online cooking classes to learn techniques, like braising and how to dice vegetables, and I go to local recreational cooking schools to take classes on specific types or styles of cooking, like Italian or Fusion. I find that to be a great combination that has dramatically improved my cooking skills and my overall enjoyment of spending time in the kitchen.
Susan Rose is a recreational cook and author of “The Hunting Widow’s Guide to Great Venison Cooking,” a perfect present for hunters and their loved ones. Susan has taken many online cooking classes (free classes on YouTube and paid classes at places such as the Culinary Institute of America) and has found the Rouxbe Online Cooking School to be her favorite. By becoming an affiliate, she is able to provide their cooking technique videos on her greatvensioncooking.com web site for free.
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Cooking Classes To Choose From
Learning how to cook, according to some people, may be brought about by one’s hunger. When a person feels hungry, instinct will tell him that he need to find food and if that food is still raw, then it should first be cooked before it can be consumed. For example you are alone in your house and the only food in the fridge is raw egg, unless you can eat the egg raw, you first need to boil or fry the egg and since no one else is around then you should learn how to cook the egg.
Yet in our world, cooking is knowledge to learn not just by people who are afraid of getting starved. Cooking is also an art to be learned and be familiar with by people who have a certain passion for great foods. When you want to learn how to cook, regardless of what your reasons are, there are various types of cooking class that you can choose to take. Yet despite the numerous varieties of cooking lessons, one thing remains in all of them and that is the goal of teaching students on how to properly and even perfectly cook and prepare foods.
There are cooking classes that can help introduce traditional cuisines to gastronome visitors. There are cooking courses that can teach you how to prepare healthy and vegan dishes. There are also cooking classes that will show you how to prepare foods that can spark up romance and passion between lovers, foods that can be served when entertaining a party, or comfort foods such as desserts to uplift a depressed soul. Whatever your needs and interests are, there will definitely be a particular cooking class that can teach you how to do it.
If you want to become a chef and use cooking skills and expertise as your profession or career, you can enroll in full time cooking schools. Here you will receive extensive training and will be tasked to prepare many difficult dishes or courses. Upon completion you will receive your certification just as you would if you take up other technical programs. With a certification and a title as a chef, you can put up your own restaurant, catering business or find a work position in hotels and other similar establishments.
Aside from cooking schools, colleges and universities may also offer culinary training that can last within a few semesters. Here you will learn the very basics of cooking such as correctly measuring ingredients, efficiently using kitchen knives and other kitchen tools. You may also be taught on how to become an expert in cooking certain dishes and cuisines.
If there are cooking classes that may last for months, there are also lessons which are completed within a few hours and/or weeks. These cooking lessons are provided by stores, companies manufacturing cooking ingredients and utensils, community organizations and probably some restaurants. The dishes you will be taught how to prepare are dishes that uses the ingredients or utensils that they sell or offer. Suppose a company manufacturing kid-friendly kitchen appliances can offer cooking classes that can be taken by kids and their parents so they can try and use the appliances the company sells.
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