Make The Most Out Of Your Cooking Classes

A great way to learn how to cook some new things is to take a cooking class. If you cook once a week or are a professional chef, your cooking ability does not change the fact that you can still reap many benefits from taking a class. You should be aware, however, that you may run into a class that does not teach with what you want to learn, or that you may simply leave and not be able to remember a thing.

Below, you will find more suggestions to help you get the best information from a cooking class.

What Is Your Favorite Type Of Cooking?

What is your favorite thing to cook? Before you decide on a class, ask this question to help figure out what class will give you the most satisfaction. If baking natural, whole grain breads is what you are hoping to master, you would choose a different class than if you were interested in learning French cuisine. One reason as to why some people do not like or remember much from their classes, is because they find themselves taking a class that does not fit their goals.

Is making fancy Christmas cookies something that you would like to learn to do? For most recipes, there are clear steps to take, to help you with each part of the preparation. However, there are recipes that need a bit of skill to roll, flip or to be able to know how the final product should look in texture and color. It is a good idea to take a close look at how your teacher carefully prepares and completes the recipe.

Choosing A Cooking Class

You have several sources to pick from for cooking classes. An easy place to start is at a community center in your area for classes or workshops. Another possibility may be at your favorite restaurant. You can ask if the chef offers classes or where he learned his skills. It may also be more convenient and less costly to try learning from a relative or a creative friend. Your ultimate choice will be determined by what your goal is with your cooking.

Another great spot to begin to find a cooking class is at your favorite restaurant. The restaurant chef may teach classes or could tell you where they learned how to cook. A reference from the chef may get you in an elite cooking school, that usually has limited admitence. You might even get a special rate and class options as well.

Make Good Notes

A lot of people go to the cooking class believing that they will remember everything. They come home with the recipes that they made in class, and never prepare them at home. What did they miss? They made no notes. Taking good notes during your cooking class gives you the ability to repeat the same process on your own. Also, some of the most valuable things you can pick up from your teacher are not included in the recipes. The tips and reality checks that you learn from the teacher and other cooks adds to what makes going to the classes valuable. However do not forget, unless you write those tips down, you could forget them.

For more ideas and instruction on how to cook you can visit the Internet to buy an ebook on everything you ever wanted to know about cooking, to help get the most out of your cooking classes.

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Tom Straub is an accomplished author, and owner of the Best Cooking Light web site, where you can read more on healthy cooking and a dozen other cooking topics.