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11 Essential Cooking Charts

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If the cold weather has you hoping to hone your cooking or baking skills this season, it’s time to brush up on your techniques by reviewing the best way to cook, bake, and store your favorite ingredients.

Cooking charts are handy reference guides that may include measurements to make that beloved recipe that uses the metric system, remind you of chemical reactions like how baking soda versus baking powder affects your cookies, how to make that perfect hard or soft-boiled egg.

We’ve pulled together 11 of the best charts from around the interwebs to keep handy in your home.

For more great charts to keep in the kitchen, check out our Pinterest board.

1. Ultimate Kitchen Cheat Sheet

Check out this kitchen cheat sheet from Everest Co for guides on cuts of meat, cooking times for meat and veggies, metric measurement conversions, and best storage times for your foods!

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2. Healthy Baking Substitutes

Love to bake but want to lighten up a recipe? Check out this substitution guide from Drink Svelte for easy items to swap in for healthier treats!

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3. Choose the Right Knife

Bed Bath and Beyond comes to the rescue when questioning to best knife to have on hand when cooking various foods. Pin this one up near your knives to always know which is best when cooking up a storm!

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4. Cooking Oil 101

Ever wonder how to know which cooking oil to use in which instance? Heather Barnett shares a quick guide on She Knows for all you need to know about oils!

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5. Gluten Free Flours

Going gluten free or grain free? Need the quick low-down on the best alternative flour swaps? Then check out this infographic from Swanson which discusses each type of flour and their best uses.

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6. Cook Any Grain

Faith Durand from The Kitchn shares the ultimate grain guide. This infographic provides grain to water ratios to help you cook up any delicious grain. Never burn rice or farro again!

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7. Common Kitchen Measurements

Jillee from One Good Thing shares a great go-to guide for measurements in the kitchen. If you ever find yourself questioning how many ounces are in a gallon, her cheat sheet is perfect to pin to your fridge!

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8. Is it Freeze-able?

Wondering what veggies can be frozen or not? Leah Vanderveldt from Mind Body Green shares a lovely illustrated list of all the veggies you can freeze. Buy them in bulk at their peak and enjoy in the off-season!

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9. Baking Conversion Charts

Found a mouth-watering recipe but the measurements are in the metric system? Keep this handy conversion chart around from Betsy of The Java Cupcake Blog. Now you can conquer any baked good recipe!

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10. How to Set the Table

This is a great refresher to have on hand for entertaining. It’s a great how-to, to set your table for your dinner party just right. It can also serve as a great visual when teaching kids how to set the table. Check this guide out from Sharon Hines on Live Creatively Inspired.

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11. Frozen Food Longevity

Ever wonder how long does your frozen food actually can last? Lee Breslouer from Thrillist shares a great visual guide on times foods can last in the freezer. Never question that freezer-burned bag of veggies again!

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What cooking charts are essential for you to have in the kitchen? Share in the comments below! 

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