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35 Culinary Skills to Master in 2015

Dec 18 2014 - 9:30am

Who says you can't start resolutions before the year is over? We've compiled a list of 51 foodie resolutions [1] to check off, including this helpful roundup of culinary how-tos.

Whether you've always wanted to learn how to peel fava beans, cut through an unwieldy butternut squash, braid challah bread, or carve a turkey, keep reading to learn 35 new skills in the kitchen that will help you cook your way to the best year ever in 2015.

— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts

Source: Nicole Perry, Anna Monette Roberts

Prepping Butternut Squash

The toughest part of cutting butternut squash [2] is that initial cut down the middle. But with a sharp knife and a few tricks, this veggie is a breeze to prep.

Cutting a Pineapple

If you've ever felt confounded about how to tackle pineapple [3], you aren't alone. Luckily, there's no need to resort to buying it already cubed.

Roasting Beets

The humble beet gets a major flavor upgrade when you roast it in the oven [4].

Breaking Down a Cauliflower Into Florets

Once you've broken down a head of cauliflower into florets [5], precut cauliflower from the grocery store will become a thing of the past.

Browning Butter

Brown butter [6] makes pretty much everything taste better.

Jarring a Salad

Skip the soggy salads and spills in your work bag by mastering the art of packing it in a mason jar [7].

Tempering Chocolate

It will take a few hours, but for snappy, bloom-free chocolate-covered sweets tempering chocolate [8] is a must.

Caramelizing Onions

Caramelizing onions [9] to a deep golden hue couldn't be simpler.

Cooking Ground Beef

Armed with the knowledge of how to cook ground beef [10], you'll never have a stovetop meat mishap again.

Making Pasta Dough From Scratch

There's nothing quite as delicious as fresh homemade pasta [11], and preparing a batch yourself is easier than you think.

Clarifying Butter

Don't bother buying a pricey tub of clarified butter at the store; with a little patience it can be made at home [12], saving you money.

Making Pie Crust

The most buttery, flaky pie crusts [13] are homemade! If you don't have a food processor, simply use a pastry cutter to help chop the butter into the flour.

Shredding Cabbage

No food processor? No problem! Here's how to shred cabbage [14] with naught but a knife and a cutting board.

Braiding Challah

It looks kind of complicated, and there are a lot of bad videos on the web, but braiding challah [15] is completely within your reach as a home baker.

Seeding a Pomegranate

Keep ruby-red pomegranate juice off your favorite outfit with this neat trick [16].

Prepping an Artichoke

Thorny artichokes might look intimidating, but they're a breeze to prep once you know the steps [17].

Prepping a Cake Pan

Few things are more frustrating than mangling your baking project because it stuck to the pan; here's how to make a cake pan virtually nonstick [18].

Peeling Tomatoes

Put down the vegetable peeler; it'll mar a tomato's delicate flesh. Use these steps instead [19].

Crimping Pie Crust

The crust is the best part (right?), so you might as well make it beautiful by crimping it [20].

Preparing Leeks

Dirty, gritty leeks are just plain gross; don't forget to take these steps to clean them [21].

Making Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch

If rolling up sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls [22] seems like a challenge, get step-by-step instructions for doing it at home.

Shredding Brussels Sprouts

These aren't your grandmother's overcooked brussels sprouts of yesteryear. Shredded [23] and then added to a zingy salad or cooked quickly on the stove, this veggie makes for a real treat.

Carving a Turkey

If you've never attempted to break down a turkey [24], have no fear! These step-by-step photos demystify the process.

Tempering White Chocolate

Like its sibling, dark chocolate, white chocolate [25] can be a tricky treat to temper. However, by using the right technique, you can create beautiful, smooth chocolate that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Roasting Red Peppers

Skip the store-bought jar of pepper; roasting them at home [26] is an easy task to take on and offers major flavor rewards.

Making Homemade Croutons

Transform sad, stale bread into this classic salad topper [27].

Shaving Asparagus Into Ribbons

For an unexpected take on a green salad, make its base ribboned asparagus [28].

Making a Parchment Circle

Baking a cake and forgot to pick up parchment rounds at the store? Try this easy DIY [29].

Peeling Peaches Easily

Unless you like leathery skins, peeling peaches [30] is a necessary step for pies, crisps, and the like.

Making Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

No idea how spaghetti squash transforms from imposing gourd to ribbony strands? We'll show you how [31].

Making a Travel-Ready Sandwich

If you've ever tried to eat a sandwich while driving, then you know it can be a messy business. This travel-ready sandwich [32] is designed to be eaten with one hand, and its contents are guaranteed to stay tucked in the bread as you eat it.

Shelling Fava Beans

Shelling fava beans [33] isn't too complicated, but what people often overlook are the actual beans, which have a milky shell that needs to be removed, too.

Cutting Cauliflower Steaks

Never heard of a cauliflower steak [34]? This satisfying vegetarian dish can make a great appetizer.

Making Raviolis

Whether your filling of choice is artichokes, mushrooms, or just plain cheese, making your own raviolis [35] will wow guests but is surprisingly simple to prepare.

Making Matcha Tea

Skip the coffee shop and make a matcha latte at home [36].


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