No question, cooking at home is a major way to save money every month. Rather than bust the budget eating out, why not learn some new skills to make you more comfortable in the kitchen? Whether you’re new to home cooking or just stuck in a rut, these FREE Cooking Classes can teach you some new skills and make cooking easier and more fun. You don’t even need to leave the house (see option three)!
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Williams-Sonoma stores hold in-store events, including FREE cooking classes on topics like knife skills, holiday baking, and entertaining. Each class is an hour long and includes tastings of prepared dishes. You do need to register ahead of time (via phone) since class size is limited.
Local Grocery Stores
Some regional grocery store chains offer cooking classes. For example, the Giant chain in Pennsylvania has two locations for The Cooking School, offering classes for kids, adults and seniors. Some Wegmans stores also offer cooking classes, though not all are free. Our local Whole Foods offers both free and paid cooking classes; check your local store’s “events” tab for the calendar and how to register.
Online at Craftsy
Try one of Craftsy’s FREE mini courses to better your home cooking skills. Right now, they’re offering some great options:
- Cooking Mistakes: What Can Go Wrong and How To Make it Right: I really liked this instructor, and I found the chapters on knife safety and seasoning the most useful for my home cooking. There’s also some tips & tricks for saving time while entertaining, how to properly cook chicken and steak, and the class materials include some great recipes.
- Perfect Pizza at Home: This includes recipes for five types of dough (including a gluten-free option) and more to make your family’s pizza night delicious.
- Creative Ways With Whole Grains (w/ Anna Bullett): Learn how to get past white rice, learning methods and recipes for cooking quinoa, farro, and pilafs.
- Complete Knife Skills: This is next on my list to watch. I liked the short section in the Cooking Mistakes class and know I have more to learn. Getting faster will help me prep more healthy freezer meals!