Cooking is the art or practice of preparing food for consumption with the use of heat, and, in some instances, by virtue of chemical reactions. The techniques and ingredients used vary widely and tend to be greatly influenced by local environmental and economic conditions as well as cultural traditions. It is an activity that is unique to humans and is widely believed to have played a significant role in human evolution.
How to marinate
Always cover and refrigerate fish, poultry and meat as it marinates as bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature. Place the meat and marinade in a glass bowl or Zip-Lock bag and, perhaps most importantly, watch the clock. Food will turn mushy if left in an acidic marinade for too long. Fish should sit for no more than 45 minutes, while meat and poultry can handle a few hours. If you’re marinating a whole chicken, overnight should suffice.
The gear required for cooking can be as simple as a campfire and a stick, or as complicated as specialty ovens and proprietary cookware. It’s best to check with recipes or instructors before setting out to cook a particular dish.