21 Cooking Skills Every Adult Should Have

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Not knowing how to cook as an adult is just as bad as continuing to give your mother your laundry to do even after having moved out. Of course, you don’t have to be a five-star chef, but there are some cooking skills that every person should have mastered by the time they consider themselves to be full-grown adults. Here are 21 of the most common and essential ones.

1. How To Cook Pasta

Cooking pasta seems like one of the simplest culinary tasks. However, everyone who has ever boiled pasta knows that the end result is not always as desired and that there are actually many ways you can ruin pasta.

First of all, you have to take a very big pot – the bigger the better. Pasta cooks better when it has a lot of water to swim in. The general rule is to use at least four quarts of water per every pound of pasta. Fill the pot with water and bring to boil. Once it’s boiling, add some salt – approximately one teaspoon, stir, add the pasta, stir again. Some people like to add a few drops of oil to the water to prevent the noodles from sticking together.

Turn the heat down so the water is simmering or boiling gently, not violently. Keep the pot uncovered and stir occasionally. Don’t cook the pasta any longer than it says on the package. If you like your pasta al dente (as it’s supposed to be), taste it a few minutes before the time is up.

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