Online Class

20 Essential Cooking Techniques


Master 20 accessible techniques that make cooking faster, easier and more delicious.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Brendan McDermott
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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!
2. Enhancing Flavors
3. Hard-Boiling & Poaching Eggs
4. Frying & Scrambling Eggs
5. Blanching & Shocking Vegetables
6. Working With Chicken
7. Making Stock
8. Working With Fish & Shellfish
9. Working With Pork

Taught by

Brendan McDermott
Brendan McDermott
Chef Brendan McDermott's culinary technique was honed at acclaimed New York City restaurants, and his knife skills classes have been lauded by New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Today, he is a highly sought-after instructor, both at Chicago's Kendall College and here on Craftsy, where he also teaches Complete Knife Skills and 20 Essential Cooking Techniques.
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