Common Cooking Techniques Everyone Should Know

cooking with a skilletIf you are branching out with your cooking, there are many techniques that you need to know. These cooking techniques are commonly used to make a range of different dishes. It is important that you know what they are and what you need for them.

Slow Roasting

Slow roasting is one of the most hands-off cooking techniques but will get the most flavor from your food. As the name suggests, you are going to be cooking food slowly which means that you need time. Slow roasting is done in the oven at low heat with a covered container. Covering an open container with foil will also work for this cooking technique.


Poaching is something that many people confuse with boiling, but they are different techniques. Poaching is the cooking technique where you use flavored liquid to cook at a low simmer. According to this will result in a moist and well-seasoned dish.
Poaching is a good technique to know as it offers you a lot of leeway when you cook. This is a go-to technique for fish fillets and plump chicken breasts which can cook unevenly at higher heats. The broth that is used will also help to flavor the dish while it is cooking.

Blanch And Shock

If you want to keep the nutrients and color of vegetables, you need to know how to blanch and shock them. Blanching is the first step that you need to take which is to boil the vegetables briefly in water. Shocking will be when you cook the vegetables quickly in an ice water bath.

This cooking technique will help you fir the flesh of the vegetables while loosening the skin. This will make peeling very easy. You can also use the technique for herbs and fruit to retain the colors and nutrients. Find out more about this technique on Skillshare. You can also get cooking advice on Kinja and over at


If you love to eat homemade dressing, you need to know how to emulsify. This is a cooking technique which allows you to combine two liquids that do not mix such as vinegar and oil.

However, it is important to note that this technique requires a lot of patience and you should never rush this technique.
To use this technique, you will have to add the oil to the vinegar a drop at a time. While you add the oil, you will need to constantly whisk the mixture. You should then work up to a slow and steady drizzle while maintaining the whisking.

How to Cook Prime Rib

When you learn a few of the basics on how to cook prime rib, one of the most intimidating cuts of beef will become your new “go to” entre when you want to impress your guests. No question, cooking prime rib roast can be daunting. It is a formidable piece of meat with a hefty price tag. But really, the only big challenge is understanding the prime rib cooking time and the proper oven temperature. Let’s get started.


Your best bet for finding quality prime rib is at the butcher shop or at a gourmet grocery. A common mistake made when shopping for prime rib is looking for a lean cut. When you remove the fat you lose much of the natural beef flavor. Look for a bright red cut of meat with thin white marbling throughout and a thick jacket of fat. Don’t be afraid to talk to the butcher. The butcher can be your best friend when it comes to selecting the best and most flavorful cut of meat. He can even offer tips on how to cook prime rib.


Remove meat from the refrigerator two hours before cooking. Roasts should be close to room temperature before going in the oven. Choose your favorite seasoning rub and season the roast on all sides. Place in a large open roasting pan with a rack, fat side up and rib side down. We recommend using a large stainless steel roasting pan about 12” x 16” with a v-rack. Pour about a cup of red wine in the bottom of the roast pan.

Cooking In the Oven

Preheat the oven to 450. Place the rack on the lowest level. Cook for 10 minutes and then reduce the heat to 325. Allow about 15 to 17 minutes per pound for medium rare. Continue cooking until the temperature shown on an instant-read thermometer reads 125 to 130. For rare, allow about 13 to 15 minutes per pound until the thermometer reads 115 to 120. Prime rib cooking time will vary depending on the shape of the roast and the size and precision of your oven so keep checking the temperature starting at 30 minutes before you expect the roast to be done.

Let the prime rib roast rest for 15 minutes to allow it to finish cooking and for the juices to redistribute throughout the roast then carve. Slice across the grain – we recommend using an electric knife sharpener to get that knife really sharp.