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Basic Cooking Tips and Techniques

These cooking tips will help you have success in the kitchen especially if you are a little less experienced with cooking: * Wash your hands and be sure cooking equipment and surfaces are clean. * Read through the recipe and be sure you understand all the steps and have the necessary ingredients. * Assemble the required baking dishes and cooking equipment. For the best results, use the specified sizes, if they are given. * Gather and prepare the ingredients, measuring accurately. (Accurate measurements are most important when baking. Cooking is a little more forgiving and you can often be flexible with the amounts of ingredients and make substitutions.) * If egg size is not given in a recipe, assume the recipe uses large eggs. * Preheat the oven, if required. * Proceed with the recipe as it’s written. * Check for doneness of a baked dish a few minutes before the suggested time. Oven temperature can vary, so be prepared that the actual cooking or baking time may be shorter or longer than suggested. Measurements: Pinch = the amount of a dry ingredient you can hold between your thumb and index finger 1 tsp (teaspoon) = 5 mL 3 tsp = 1 tbsp (tablespoon) = 15 mL 4 tbsp = 1/4 cup (50 mL) About 5 tbsp = 1/3 cup = 75 mL 1 cup = 250 mL 1 ounce (oz) = 28 grams (g) 16 oz = 1 pound (lb) = 450 to 500 g