Turn on your television and the chances that you will be tuning to a cooking program are very high. Watching chef turn out beautifully created dishes inspires us to want to learn how to do this as well, but we don’t all have the time or money to attend cooking classes. Once again the internet comes to our rescue and you have the option to learn the tricks of the trade by means of online cooking classes. But what is taught with online cooking courses? We are going to explore the large variety of classes you can follow on-line.
A large number of websites and blogs offer you tips on how to improve your basic cooking skills ranging from using condiments to making stocks and how to use different textures to create interesting dishes.
Choosing the correct cooking tools:
Ranging from how to choose saucepans, measuring and weighing tools to choosing the right knife for different preparation methods, the courses cover a subject which is often overlooked. These short courses, many of them available in video format will teach you how to decide which kitchen tools to buy.
Cooking foods from different countries:
The increase in travel around the world has introduced people to different foods served around the world. Many of us arrive home after visiting Europe, China, Japan or Africa and want to learn how to prepare the foods we enjoyed. You can learn how to prepare anything from fine French confectionery to Spanish Tapas, master classes in Sushi or how to cook Mopani worms.
Learning how to pair food and drinks:
Pairing the right drink with your food can enhance the experience of your meal. You can follow online courses to de-mystify the process. You will learn how to match wines, beers, cocktails and other drinks (not necessarily alcoholic in nature) with the foods you serve based on their inherent flavors and how they complement each other.
Specialist food type classes:
With so many people now following specific diets the range of cooking classes include classes specializing in Vegetarian, Vegan, Diabetic, Whole foods, gluten free and various other non-traditional cooking styles.
Baking and confectionery:
Online classes covering techniques involved in baking and confectionery abound. You will learn how to bake everything from the basic sponge cake to intricately decorated wedding cakes. Courses on using chocolate are also very popular.
Training for people who are considering cooking as a career
A variety of online cooking schools offer classes which with the appropriate examinations will lead to the student attaining various diplomas or certificates underwritten by internationally accredited colleges. These courses offer the would-be chef the opportunity to complete their training in their own time whilst still earning an income.
Probably the most significant fact to consider when enrolling in an online cooking class is the fact that you will have to be self-motivated to stay up to date with the curriculum. This will require both theory and a lot of practical application in your kitchen. You will however find that your dinner parties will be over-subscribed once your friends and family become aware of your cooking prowess.