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Cook at Home

Cooking at home takes some time and planning, but it’s worthwhile. Food cooked at home is typically healthier and less expensive than convenience or restaurant food. Also, cooking together at home can be quality time with your family.

Meal Planning

In order to eat well and stay within a tight budget, you need to have a plan. If you’re scrambling to get a meal on the table each night, you may not make the healthiest choices. Start the week off with a meal plan so you can rest easy knowing that you’re prepared to get healthy meals on the table each day. Follow our meal planning tips to get started.

Recipe Success

Knowing how to follow a recipe is a fundamental skill for home cooks. In order to understand the language of recipes, you’ll want to know a few terms and definitions.

Using a Recipe

  1. Read all the way through the recipe at the beginning. This will save you from unexpected problems later on.
  2. Make sure you understand the directions and have the equipment and ingredients you need.
  3. Check the number of servings and decide if you need to double or halve the recipe.
  4. Make sure you have enough time before serving to prepare and cook the recipe. If not, think about whether you can prepare part of the recipe ahead.
  5. Preheat the oven if necessary.
  6. Get your work area ready and clean counters.
  7. Set out ingredients and supplies.
  8. Prepare and measure ingredients.

Not all meals need to start with recipes. In fact, making the most of what you have is an important skill for home cooks. It saves money and often takes less time than cooking from a recipe. Utah State University has a collection of resources called “Create” that shows you how to combine common foods into meals.


Preparing Food Ahead


Food Safety

No one wants to make their family sick. Keep your kitchen safe and your family healthy with these food safety basics.






Use a Food Thermometer | Handout