When I was in high school, I had a chemistry teacher once who told us, "If you can cook, then you can do chemistry." I remember finding this very odd, because I knew nothing about how to cook, and most of my attempts were met with little in the way of success. I am pretty sure that in the 10th grade, I was not alone in that regard.
Fast-forward to adult life, and I cannot say that I feel all that much more confident in the kitchen. In fact, in many ways I still feel like that kid in chemistry class. It is amazing watching the transformations that take place in my pots and pans when I am cooking, but my understanding of what I am doing is still pretty unsophisticated. Like my experiments in the lab, many of my experiments in the kitchen fail.
Thankfully, just as there are cheat sheets that you can buy to help you pass your chemistry class, there are cheat sheets you can download online to help you cook with confidence.
Following are 60 awesome infographics cooking charts which will help you cook up a storm in the kitchen!
11. Make a mug cake.
12. Make frosting in any color you’d like.
Can’t find the exact color of frosting or food coloring that you want at the grocery store? Being as there are only so many colors available, most of them bold primary hues, that is not surprising. What if you want an obscure shade like a soft orange or peach, or an olive green, or a light teal or lavender? This cupcake icing color chart was posted by Handmade Charlotte and comes from Food Network Magazine. With it, you can add some subtlety to your cake! What’s awesome is that any of these hues can be mixed using nothing more than standard red, yellow, green, and blue food coloring!
13. Whip up the most amazing batch of whipped cream ever.
Recently I learned how to make fresh whipped cream at home for the first time ever—talk about being blown away by chemistry. But I had no idea that you can make all kinds of fancy flavored whipped cream, for example peppermint whipped cream or maple-vanilla whipped cream. These recipes just take a few simple additions. This chart really opened up a whole world for me!
14. Check out a field guide to cookie taxonomy.
Is it really important to know the different kinds of cookies? I’m not talking about “chocolate chip,” “gingerbread,” and so on, but classifications: bars vs. drop cookies vs. molded cookies. Maybe you don’t need to know this stuff for everyday life, but it can be very useful if you are digging through a recipe book and need to know which section to turn to. This chart will help you flip to the right page!
15. Learn all about the different types of flour.
Maybe you have just run out of all-purpose flour and are wondering what you can make with the flour you do have on hand, or perhaps you are at the grocery store just trying to figure out which type of flour you need to buy. In either case, you may not know which types of flour are best for which applications. Find out with the following three cooking charts from Clabber Girl!
16. Learn how to bake with Greek yogurt.
If you want to cut back on fat and ramp up protein in your favorite baked recipes, try replacing ingredients like cooking oil and sour cream with Greek yogurt! The chart below will teach you how and sell you on the benefits.
17. Learn how to make an apple pie.
Are you someone who learns better by looking at pictures of steps than by simply reading the words? If so, you may find it hard to follow along with some recipes as they are traditionally presented in cookbooks. If you have struggled to make apple pie (and pies are notoriously difficult to bake) without visual instructions, you are going to love this step-by-step pie-baking recipe infographic!
18. Figure out what the heck went wrong with your cake.
Nothing is more frustrating than putting a ton of effort into baking a cake only to pull it out of the oven and find that it has a weird hump in it, it’s a strange color, or the texture is all wonky. What can it mean and how can you fix it? Search for your cake issue in the chart below to find out what might be going on—and to discover any possible solutions to save your cake!
19. Get the right texture with your chocolate chip cookies.
One of the first infographics I shared with you taught you about what you need to do in order to get your cookies to turn out the way you want. That graphic focused a lot on shape, but also a bit on texture. Here is yet another useful graphic which teaches you even more about how to get the perfect chewy or crisp consistency to your chocolate chip cookies.
20. Use the right food processor and blades.
For the longest time, I didn’t know a food processor from a blender from a stand mixer. And all those attachments? Don’t even get me started on all the mistakes I made when I purchased my first food processor. I could have avoided them all if I’d just had this graphic!