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.

We have over 20 new videos on this page - with more coming soon!

 

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

A short video which demonstrates the steps needed to get ready to cook.

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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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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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Zesting and squeezing

A video looking at zesting and squeezing.

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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 chili

A video about preparing chili.

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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.

 

Updated videos coming soon!

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Using the hob (boil/simmer)

A video looking at how to boil water on the hob.

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Using the hob (frying)

A video looking at how to fry using the hob.

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Using the grill

A video looking at how to use the grill.

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Using the oven

A video looking at how to safely use the oven.

 

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.

Updated videos coming soon!

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Rubbing in

This video shows how to rub fat into flour – called rubbing in.

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Forming a dough

A video looking at forming a dough.

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Rolling out

A video looking at rolling a dough.

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Folding in

A video looking at folding in.

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Spooning mixture into cases

A video looking at spooning a mixture.

 

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.

Updated videos coming soon!

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White sauce

A video about making white sauce.

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Tomato sauce

A video about making tomato sauce.

 

Red meat skills videos

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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

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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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