We’re all in lockdown right now, which leaves a lot of us twiddling our thumbs. While there are plenty of drawbacks to the current situation, it’s also an opportunity to learn some new skills. Luckily, YouTube is filled with friendly folks who want to share their knowledge.
Of course, not every YouTuber is created equally. Luckily, Stonehenge NYC has done the research for you. In this handy blog post, we’ll show you the best place to learn five skills that will definitely come in handy during lockdown.
Let’s get started!
Baking: Joshua Weissmann
It seems that just about everyone is getting into baking these days. When you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, and going to the grocery store isn’t 100% safe, making your own bread is a great option. With a little bit of know-how, you can turn water and flour into a delicious loaf of bread.
Although baking your own bread is pretty simple, there is still a lot to master. Joshua Weismann is one of the best sources of baking knowledge on YouTube. Each week he shares new recipes and information with his over 1.5 million subscribers. From sourdough to nann, there’s no type of bread that he can’t teach you to make.
Cooking: Binging with Babish
Now that you’re cooped up, this is the perfect opportunity to put on that apron and learn new recipes. Binging with Babish is one of the biggest cooking channels out there and for good reason. Babish started his channel by recreating recipes found in famous movies and TV shows. Ever wanted to try the pasta from Goodfellas or sample a Krabby Patty? Babish can hook you up.
Pop culture recipes aside, there is some great knowledge to be found. Babish’s exceptional “Basics with Babish'' videos are a great place to start. These quick, simple videos are an easy way to learn the, well basics, of preparing just about any kind of food. No matter your skill level in the kitchen, there’s a chance Babish can teach you something.
Just because you’re stuck inside all day, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the outdoors in with you. Growing plants indoors is a rewarding way to spruce up your apartment. Plants grown indoors aren’t just decorative--you can also grow your own food! If you’ve got some outdoor space, like a balcony or patio at your disposal, you’ve got even more options.
MIgardner is a friendly, informative, and entertaining way to explore the world of gardening. From flowers to food, MIgardner has a seemingly endless stream of information to offer. You just might be surprised at how rewarding digging around in the dirt can be. Why not set aside some time to develop your green thumb?
One of the first things to go during a quarantine is our physical fitness. It just makes sense. Spending all of your time indoors will reduce your chance of getting sick, but you’re probably not going to be moving around very much. With gyms closed and outdoor activities discouraged, now is the perfect time for you to start your indoor fitness journey.
There are tons of fitness Youtubers out there, but none is more experienced or knowledgable than ATHLEAN-X, the channel of trainer Jeff Cavaliere. Jeff trained professional athletes for years, and now he’s offering you his services. Whether you want to sculpt your six-pack, develop a weak muscle group, or just stay active, his catalog of videos covers it all. You’ll be training like an athlete in no time.
Cut Your Own Hair:
Starting to look a little disheveled during isolation? You’re not the only one. With barbers closed, we’re all starting to look a bit less put together. This might be just the time for you to think about cutting your own hair. After all, even if you mess it up you’ve got time to grow it back.
Youtube has been flooded by a ton of self-cut tutorials in recent weeks. This one from male style vlogger Alpha M is a great place to start if you’re a guy. Good Morning America has also released a video for how to trim longer cuts. If you’re looking for something a bit more simple, check out this video from The Telegraph. Take your time and try not to mess it up!