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20 Essential Cooking Techniques

with Brendan McDermott
20 Essential Cooking Techniques
Master 20 accessible techniques that make cooking faster, easier and more delicious.

Embrace stress-free cooking and learn 20 techniques that will elevate everyday meals. Start by learning how to enhance flavors by toasting spices and nuts and clarifying butter for bright additions to any recipe. Next, learn techniques for making perfect eggs, including scrambled, hard-boiled and poached, and even master a folded French omelet with delicate green peppers and a hint of fresh thyme! Then, find out how to properly blanch and shock your favorite vegetables to preserve color, flavor and nutrition. You’ll even learn how to use scraps and save time by making your own chicken and vegetable stocks. Finally, always cook your protein to a perfect doneness, as Brendan demonstrates how to fillet and cook fish, tie up a whole chicken and even brown a mouthwatering pork tenderloin.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, chef Brendan McDermott, and learn more about your class. Use it as reference to learn and review techniques and recipes whenever you need them!


Lesson 2. Enhancing Flavors


Lesson 3. Hard-Boiling & Poaching Eggs


Lesson 4. Frying & Scrambling Eggs


Lesson 5. Blanching & Shocking Vegetables


Lesson 6. Working With Chicken


Lesson 7. Making Stock


Lesson 8. Working With Fish & Shellfish


Lesson 9. Working With Pork

"Chef McDermott is a great teacher. He explains each step in detail and makes it look easy. That is the beauty of this class, he takes the fear out of cooking. I enjoyed the extra tips and his teaching style. I thought I knew how to fry an egg, now after taking this class, my egg skills have gone to a new level. Can't wait for more classes from Chef McDermott! "
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