I don’t normally do posts like this, but I recently realized what a collection of charts I was accumulating and how useful they have been to me. So, as a special treat of sorts, here are my top 20 useful charts that should help any beginner cook (and even some great cooks) learn some skills. Maybe you can save them as a file or maybe you can print them for your walls. Maybe you already know 99% of this or maybe you haven’t a clue yet. All I know is that these charts helped me and therefore I will share them.
First our utensils. Chasing Delicious have a great range of unit conversion charts.
1: Unit conversion by volume.
2: Unit conversion by weight.
Next, there is a range of kitchenware you might want to consider getting.
And finally, some tips on storing food once you’ve got it.
5: General storage guidelines.
Once the kitchen is all in order and stocked and we have an idea what the recipe is saying, we may want to look at cooking technique.
Again, Chasing Delicious have some great guides.
6: Cooking methods.
7: Mixing methods.
8: Techniques using eggs.
Definitely check them out for their Kitchen 101 charts. 🙂
Or you could try some quick and healthy simple cooking by mastering your pressure cooker.
9: Pressure cooker.
But it doesn’t just boil down to the right technique. There are little differences between very similar foods that can make big differences in the end result. Try and use these guidelines next time you’re cooking…
12: Boiled eggs.
13: A turkey.
But we still aren’t done. We know what to cook, what quantity to cook and how to cook it, but what about seasonings? If you want to improve your seasoning, look no further than these charts.
Try and use flavour pairings not just to work out how to season one item, but to work out what foods taste best together. If they have no shared seasonings, they may be a bad combination!
14: Flavour pairings.
If you are making a certain type of food, check which spices work with which recipe. If you cross-reference flavour pairings and cooking pairings you should find some fail-safe ideas for your next recipe.
15: Cooking pairings.
Whether you’re cooking meat or vegetables, a roast a braise or even a pan-fry, a dry rub rarely goes amiss. You can even use it as a sort of marinade for the surface of your food.
16: Dry rub mixes.
If you’re looking to cook something with an ethnic feel, but you don’t have the right spices or aren’t sure what exemplifies that cuisine, try these combinations.
17: Spices by Cuisine.
Or if you aren’t sure and want to rely on the tried-and-tested but add a bit of a twist, why not mix your own sauces?
18: Sauce mixes.
Finally, the drink can matter as much as the food you’re serving. For dinner parties or fancy meals, or just for ordering when you’re having a meal out, these guides can be a great help.
19: Wine pairing.
20: Beer pairing.
And those are my favourite food charts. I hope you found at least a couple useful!
I won’t be making many posts like this, but if you have any awesome charts to share I’d love to see them. 🙂
TTFN and Happy Hunting!