Here are basic kitchen skills your teen should master before summer is over.

When our oldest child left for college last fall, I knew I would miss him terribly…but I wasn’t sure what might prompt him to initiate a call or text.

The answer? A cooking question: “How do I make that chicken? How much lime do I use in that dressing? …”

College students tell me they cook, or at least aspire to…

So what basic cooking skills do kids need?

Wield a knife: The biggest and most undervalued key to having good knife skills is keeping knives sharp.

Boil water: If you can boil water, you can make pasta, rice, hard-boiled eggs, mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables.

Sauté: If your kid can melt some oil or butter in a skillet, they can scramble or fry an egg and sauté vegetables, tofu or meat.

Bake and roast:…teach them about preheating the oven, buttering or oiling the pan to make cleanup easier, setting a timer so food doesn’t burn…

Use a slow cooker: With the right ratio of food to liquid, you can slow-cook almost anything…

Plan meals: …make a grocery list and shop, and know when to start cooking each dish so they will all be ready at the same time…

Do the dishes: It’s not glamorous, but remind kids about the importance of cleaning up after eating…

Source: 7 kitchen skills kids need before they leave for college – The Washington Post