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Cooking skills

​​​​Cooking is a great way to learn new skills. Watch the videos below to see demonstrations of some helpful cooking skills. You can use these skills to make lots of d​ifferent foods and recipes:

For help understanding and using recipes, download How to Use a Recipe (PDF).

How to use measuring spoons for dry ingredients

When using measuring spoons for dry ingredients, some recipes need you to be more precise than others. For times when you need to be precise, take a big scoop of the ingredient and then use the back of a knife to flatten the top and get the right amount.


How to measure dry ingredients with a measuring cup

Use a dry measuring cup for ingredients like powders, flour, or oats. To get the right amount, fill the measuring cup over the top with the ingredient. Then use the back of a knife to flatten the top.


How to peel and cut an onion

To safely cut an onion, first cut through the root end so that you have a flat end with sides you can work on. This will give you nice, even pieces of onion and will keep your hands safe and steady.


How to zest and juice a lime

Lime juice and zest (the coloured part of the peel) can be a great way to add a fresh, tasty flavour to your food. Removing the zest to use it as an ingredient is called zesting. This skill works for other citrus fruits like lemons and oranges.


How to cut ginger and garlic

Ginger and garlic can add lots of flavour to different meals and dishes. Many recipes ask you to chop or mince fresh ginger or garlic. Mincing means cutting it into a very small size. You can also make ginger into small pieces by grating it. For both ginger and garlic, you can also use dry powders or products that are already minced if you would prefer. Depending on the size of your garlic, 1 clove of garlic is about the same as 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp of garlic powder or 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of minced garlic.


Current as of: May 11, 2023

Author: Nutrition Services and the Wellness Kitchen, Alberta Health Services