The Skills You Need To Be A Good Cook

According to the Circulon cookware company, here are the Top Fifty Skills You Need To Be A Good Cook. How many can you check off the list?

1. Can rustle up anything from scratch
2. Loving to eat as well as cook
3. Willing to experiment and try all foods and ingredients when cooking at home
4. Being happy to prepare food in front of guests
5. Always being able to whip something up when there’s virtually nothing in the cupboard
6. When making a roast dinner everything finishes cooking at the same time
7. Can identify certain herbs from appearance
8. Can throw things together knowing that the different combinations will go together and taste good
9. Experiments with dishes by adding a twist on classics
10. Experimenting with recipes more than once a week
11. Being able to laugh if things go wrong in the kitchen
12. Can identify herbs and spices by the taste
13. Knowing what herbs go in each dishes
14. Can chop things really finely, safely
15. Always have eggs and milk in the fridge
16. Home-makes all condiments and sauces
17. Owning a spice rack
18. Always the one people go to for cooking tips
19. Knows what every utensil in the kitchen does
20. Have a very well stocked pantry with all kinds of ingredients
21. Doesn’t need Oxo to make gravy
22. Will ask people to stay for dinner at a moment’s notice
23. Rarely eat take-out
24. Knows exactly how long to cook a perfectly poached egg
25. Knows how to peel fruit and veggies most efficiently
26. Knowing and practicing cooking terms like: ‘Al dente’, broil, blanch, clarify, deglaze, flambe’, gratin, etc.
27. Always wanting to try a new dish when eating out
28. Being able to guess what is in a dish just from the taste
29. Never needing to use a cookbook
30. Always the designated cook for large family gatherings
31. Know when a cake is done without having to stick a toothpick in it
32. Knowing measurements without having to actually measure
33. Owns good quality cookware (* Ah – THERE’S the sales pitch!)
34. Writes a detailed list for the grocery store
35. Knowing which wine to pair with certain meat or fish
36. Owning a full set of herbs/spices
37. Enjoying a messy kitchen
38. Don’t need a timer
39. Understanding what all the symbols on the oven mean
40. Can chop an onion in seconds
41. Being able to cook steaks perfectly using the thumb technique
42. Can always add in just the right seasonings
43. Knowing what ‘Bain Marie’ is and having the perfect pans for it
44. Knowing the correct pronunciation of unusual or exotic foods
45. Knowing which wine to drink with meat
46. Can flip a pancake perfectly
47. Knows how to prepare celeriac (* Yes, it’s a real thing. Like a turnip)
48. Mom comes over for Sunday dinner rather than the other way round
49. Always read food magazines
50. Owns set of fancy knives

This is why fast food is so popular.