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"How to" Start Your Happy New Year

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Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a lovely holiday season and are embracing the new year. If you’re like many, it’s possible that holiday festivities have worn you out and have got you dreading the kitchen. Thinking about ways to enhance your kitchen and cooking experiences may be the last things on your mind.

BUT, what better time to get back to basics and make sure you aren’t selling yourself short in the kitchen? Or, on the contrary, maybe you’ve made a resolution to cook more and/or eat more at home. Whatever your circumstance, now is the perfect time to check out the timeless Cookus ‘how-to” videos below. They’re a great reminder to not forget about the foundation of efficiency as we so often get distracted by striving to be efficient.

Cheers to health, happiness, good food, and kitchen fun!
Gentlemen, turn on your fans. Everything you’ve been taught about smoking fat needs to go right out the window. Steve powers through the step-by-step on this baby. You’ll never wonder how to do this again. Today’s pressure cookers are safe and efficient. I love using mine to cook beans, grains and root vegetables, even applesauce. Here’s how. A dull knife is the most dangerous tool in the kitchen. Learn this inexpensive, tried and true method to keep your knife sharp. Soon you also will see no reflection (on the knife blade, not in the mirror…gee).

Pots and Pans: Spend $ on Good Quality

Christina asked me to talk about what kind of cookware to buy. At home and where I teach we used cast iron, enameled cast iron, stainless steel (a heavy, layered material), glass and carbon steel pans almost exclusively. These are natural materials that can handle most kitchen jobs. We do not use Teflon or non-stick coated cookware. The jury seems to be in and out on the long-term health effects of these products.

A good group of starter cookware would include a cast iron skillet, a soup pot, a pressure cooker, a 2-quart saucepan. Cast iron skillets run about $20. If you get high-quality brands of the remaining 3 items, they will be around $100-150 each. My favorite brands are All Clad and Le Crueset. These are tried and true brand names that produce cookware that will last a lifetime. Kuhn-Rikon makes sturdy work-horse pressure cookers. Check out our pressure cooker video.

Hey tell me what your favorite pans are and why they work for you.