Cooking videos (11-14 Years)

These videos demonstrate the key cooking skills that pupils between 11 and 16 years should learn and use in their food preparation. The videos include instructions on how to use kitchen equipment safely, how to weigh and measure accurately, how to prepare different types of ingredients, and how to put these skills together to make dishes. Suitable for all post-primary pupils at KS3 or S1-S3.

Practical food skills videos

On this page, you'll find our practical food skills videos. These videos are the need-to-know for your pupils in their food and cooking journeys.

Most of our videos are 'peer to peer' videos, which means that your pupils can watch people like them perform the skills they are about to practise!

These instructional videos cover getting ready to cook, using important pieces of kitchen equipment, knife skills, preparing different ingredients, cooking with heat and making simple sauces and dishes.

To accompany these videos, you can view and download our Practical food skills charts, which identify all of the skills that pupils can acquire, develop and secure, as they progress.

If you are working with pupils who have additional needs, you can also download our skills chart for pupils with additional needs.

 

Getting started

Four videos to introduce getting ready to cook and weighing/measuring.

Getting ready to cook correctly is essential for any food lesson. Ensuring proper hygiene practices are followed ensures that the lesson can run safely and helps to embed these principles.

Weighing and measuring accurately is important for many dishes, particularly those that involve pastries and doughs.

These three videos will demonstrate how to weigh dry ingredients (e.g. flour), liquid ingredients (e.g. milk), and ingredients measured with spoons (e.g. spices).

 

 

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Getting Ready to Cook

This video demonstrates how pupils can get ready to cook safely.

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Weighing ingredients

This video shows how to weigh ingredients using digital scales.

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Measuring liquids

This video shows how to measure liquids accurately using a measuring jug.

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Measuring with spoons

This video shows how to measure accurately with spoons.

 

Using equipment

These videos demonstrate the use of four important pieces of kitchen equipment: Electric hand whisks, hand-held blenders, standing blenders, and food processors.

Safety is paramount when using these pieces of equipment, due to their moving parts and sharp edges (in the blenders and processor). Pupils may also be blending hot foods, so should take care not to burn themselves.

Using these pieces of equipment can also save significant time in classroom settings, rather than using manual whisks, knives or graters for similar tasks.

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Using an electric hand whisk

This video shows how to use an electric hand whisk safely.

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Using a hand-held blender

This video shows how to use a hand-held blender safely.

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Using a blender

This video shows how to use a blender safely.

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Using a food processor

This video is about using a food processor safely.

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Opening cans

This video shows two ways of opening cans – using a ring-pull and a can opener.

 

Preparing ingredients

These videos demonstrate the essentials of preparing ingredients, so they are ready to be used in recipes.

Knife skills are crucial to prepare ingredients safely and in the right way for the recipe that pupils are making.

Ask pupils to watch the videos on the bridge hold, claw grip, and fork secure, so they can understand how to cut safely.

Then, you can use the additional videos to teach about how to prepare specific ingredients that may be called for in a recipe or dish.

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Using a knife - the claw grip

This video shows the claw grip, a safe cutting technique to slice and dice foods.

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Using a knife - the bridge hold

This video shows the bridge hold, a safe cutting technique to cut foods in half, quarters or chunks.

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Using a knife - fork secure

This video shows the ‘fork secure’ technique. It’s a safe way to slice food.

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Cutting with kitchen scissors

This video shows how to cut vegetables with kitchen scissors, a safe cutting technique to cut foods.

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Using a grater

This video shows how to grate three different foods.

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Using a vegetable peeler

This video shows how to use a vegetable peeler.

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Juicing citrus fruits

This video shows how to juice citrus fruit, such as lemons and limes.

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Handling eggs

This video shows how to crack and separate eggs.

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Preparing an onion

This video shows how to peel, slice and dice an onion carefully.

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Preparing garlic

This video shows how to prepare and crush a clove of garlic.

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Preparing a chilli

This video shows how to prepare a chilli safely.

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Preparing fresh ginger

This video shows how to prepare fresh ginger.

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Preparing chicken

A video looking at how to prepare chicken.

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Preparing raw meat

This video shows how to remove the fat from raw meat, as well as cut it.

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Removing the skin from a fillet of fish

This video shows how to remove the skin from a fillet of fish.

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Draining hot water

This video shows how to drain hot water from a saucepan.

 

Using the cooker

Four videos showing how to use the cooker safely, including draining away boiling water (after boiling on the hob).

Using the cooker safely is necessary to avoid scalds and burns.

Ensuring your pupils know how to use the oven, hob and handle hot water safely will reduce the likelihood of an injury in the classroom.

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Using the hob - boiling

This video shows how to use the hob to boil foods, such as pasta.

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Using the hob - frying

This video shows how to fry foods, using a frying pan and a wok.

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Using the grill

This video shows how to use the grill safely.

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Using the oven

This video shows how to use the oven safely.

 

Using flour

Five videos showing how to rub-in, form a dough, roll out a dough, fold a mixture and spoon mixture into cases.

Understanding how to make and handle different types of dough for different purposes is a skill that will enable pupils to make many different dishes.

If a dough is prepared improperly, the resulting dish can often be disappointing.

Use these videos to teach pupils the basics of using flour to make dough and use it in different ways.

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Rubbing fat into flour

This video shows how to use the rubbing in method to create shortcrust pastry.

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Forming a dough

This video demonstrates how to form a dough, useful for a number of baked goods.

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Rolling out a dough

This video shows how to roll dough out into pastry of a desired thickness.

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Folding in

This video shows how to fold in flour to keep a mixture light and fluffy.

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Lining a tin

This video shows how to line a tin with pastry, useful for making foods such as quiches and pies.

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Spooning a mixture

This video shows how to spoon a mixture into cupcake or muffin cases.

 

Making a sauce

Two videos showing how to make a white and a tomato sauce.

These two basic sauces can be adapted in many different ways, giving pupils the skills to create a multitude of different sauces.

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Making a tomato sauce

This video shows how to make a simple tomato sauce in the classroom.

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Making a roux (white sauce)

This video shows how to make a white sauce, using the roux method.

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Making an all-in-one white sauce

This video shows how to make a white sauce, using the all-in-one method.

 

Practising skills in recipes

Pupils can use the recipes below to practise the culinary skills that they have acquired throughout this video series.

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Making quick bread buns

This video shows how to make quick bread buns, using the oven.

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Making savoury scones

This video shows how to make savoury scones.

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Making a Swiss roll

This video shows how to make a Swiss roll from start to finish.

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Making a quiche

This video shows how to make a quiche, from start to finish!

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Making cupcakes

This video shows how to make cupcakes and explains the food skills required.

 

Red meat skills videos

These videos demonstrate different methods of preparing and cooking meat products.

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Cooking meat - the hob

A video looking at using the hob when cooking with red meat.

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Meat preparation - knife skills

A video looking at different knife skills when preparing red meat.

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Cooking meat - the oven

A video looking at using the oven when cooking with red meat.

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Cooking meat - the grill

A video looking at using the grill when cooking with red meat.

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Meat preparation - prepare, combine and shape

A video looking at ways to prepare, combine and shape red meat in dishes.

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Making meat tender

A video looking at different ways to tenderise red meat when preparing and cooking different dishes.

Licence to cook

These videos are from the original 'Licence to cook' series. These recipes are useful for practising the food skills found above.

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Herby veggie crumble

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Fruit Scones

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Dinner rolls

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Finnish Fruit Plait

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Courgette & Cheese Muffins

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Cheese straws

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Cheese and onion triangles

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Sweet Mini Pancakes

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Tuna and broccoli bake

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Pesto Pizza

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Savoury Pancakes

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Mini fruit cakes

A recipe video from license to cook.

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Marble pear tray bake

A recipe video from license to cook.

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ANZAC biscuits

A recipe video from license to cook.

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