Module 1-1 Foundation Videos 

I learned to cook by watching free cooking videos. There are so many, and you could spend a lifetime watching all of them. I am sharing the ones that I found most helpful. (I would love it if you would share your favorites).

If you are serious about becoming a better cook, don’t skip watching the ones I have included here. They are not long and you will be amazed at how much you will learn from them. As in anything else, a picture (in this case a video) is worth a thousand words. You can watch all of these videos in less than an hour. You will be glad that you did.

VIDEOS

Experimenting with taste with Chef Bill Briwa – This is an awesome video. If you are thinking of skipping this one DON’T. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Choosing a chef’s knife – A comparison of the Mercer Renaissance and the Wusthof Classic chef’s knives. The Wusthof has a solid reputation in the cooking world but can be very expensive. The Mercer is a less expensive alternative and was the one that I chose.

How to hone a knife – Honing and sharpening are not the same thing.

How to use a chef’s knife – This teaches you some very useful techniques in the proper use of a chef’s knife. If you are new to the kitchen, this is a “MUST” watch video. You will learn how to hold your hand to prevent being cut, how to dice an onion, how to chiffonade herbs, how to julienne, and the oblique cut. Pay careful attention how the instructor holds her hand while cutting. I call this hand position “the claw” which will keep you from accidentally cutting off your fingers. I would suggest buying a few inexpensive vegetables (onion, celery, or carrots) and practice these techniques.

Practice your knife skills with Chef Bill Briwa – The name of the video speak for itself. I love Chef Briwa’s videos. He is an amazing teacher. If you really like his videos, he has a full video course in “The Great Courses“. You can either purchase the DVD or receive this cooking course in a download for around $50. I have watched every single video available by him. I cannot stress how great his videos are. I learned more about cooking by watching his videos than I did anywhere else.

An overview of basic knife cuts – Uniform size is important so that everything cooks at the same speed. When starting out, practice your knife cuts at a slow and steady pace.

The following are free videos from SaltedTV. This is a cooking-video subscription website. This is not one of my favorites websites, but they do have several helpful videos that are free to the public. They are only a few minutes long and teach valuable techniques. If you want to join a paid cooking website, I do not recommend this one. The best I found was Rouxbe. Their subscription service is only $9.99 per month and has the feel of a real culinary school. It is the best site I found other than the online cooking school.

How to cook bootcamp – This is a cooking “bootcamp” that is mostly free. It covers grilling, steaming, roasting, sauteing, searing, and frying. It is extremely informative and a must for those wanting to learn proper cooking techniques. If you don’t watch any of the other videos, you need to watch this.

An overview of common kitchen knives

An overview of beef and pork ribs

An introduction to fats

How to deglaze a pan

Everything you need to know about baking pans

How to render bacon

An overview of common peppers

An overview of onions

An overview of seasoning

How to tenderize protein

If you are serious about becoming a better cook, these videos are an important part of the learning process, and I highly recommend watching them. Yes, I have watched every single one.