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10 Life-Changing Cooking Tips
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Having a collection of helpful cooking tips and tricks makes time in the kitchen more enjoyable, and it might even save you some money! There are so many time- and penny-saving techniques and helpful hints out there that will make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
The editors of RecipeLion have gathered our favorite genius kitchen tips that we use all the time in our own kitchens! From clever kitchen lifehacks to tips for making cooking a breeze, you won't want to miss these cooking tips.
1. Always have parchment paper on hand
Don't like doing dishes? Parchment paper is a lifesaver. This versatile and durable paper can be used to line baking sheets to make clean up a breeze and prevent your food from sticking.
2. Coat your cheese grater with nonstick spray
Coating your cheese grater with nonstick spray is a great way to make clean up a breeze. You can also use a stick of butter to accomplish the same thing. Adding a little bit of fat to the surface of the grater will help the cheese slide right of instead of sticking to the underside.
3. Microwave your citrus fruits
To get the most juice out of citrus fruits, microwave for 20 seconds before squeezing! This cooking tip is great for when a recipe calls for fresh lemon juice and you don’t have a lemon squeezer. Simply zap it for a few seconds to produce the most juice.
4. Go slow with a slow cooker
This cooking tip guide shows times for converting a stove top recipe into a slow cooker recipe! Using your slow cooker is great because you can load it up and forget about it until you’re ready to eat. Get more tips and tricks for converting recipes for your slow cooker at AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes.com!
5. Use your hand to measure serving sizes
6. Halve and third your recipes with ease
Hang this handy guide on your refrigerator so you don’t have to do math while baking or cooking! We love this cooking tip because you can easily glance at the measurements when converting a recipe, rather than calculating it yourself! Head on over to RecipeLion.com for the full conversion chart.
7. Add your herbs last
To get the most out of your fresh herbs and spices, add them to your recipes between the middle and end of the cooking process. The flavors of herbs and spices blend together the longer they're exposed to heat, so adding them closer to the end will give you more distinct and robust flavors.
8. Make your toast on the stove instead of in a toaster
Toasters are great for when you're short on time, but if you want to do toast right, make it on the stove. Simply butter both sides of the bread, add a little bit of butter to the pan, and toast lightly on both sides on a low heat. This will give you the perfect crunch on the outside with a slightly caramelized exterior.
9. Save your avocado pits
Don't throw away your avocado pits just yet! If you're only using half of the avocado and saving the other half, keep the pit with the part that you aren't using. The presence of the pit will delay the browning process and will make your avocado last longer. This also works for guacamole!
10. Buy in season
There's no better way to save money at the grocery store than buying fruits and vegetables that are in season. This handy chart from our friends at TheBestDessertRecipes shows which fruits are in season. Buying seasonal fruit will help you save money and will give you fresher flavors.
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Aug 14, 2018
I don't know much about saving money but these tips and tricks are life. I've actually been using some of them like using a pan on the stove to toast my bread when he toaster was broken and I can huary you that keeping the avocado pit on the other half will keep it fresh for longer.
Mar 07, 2018
Amazing!! These really are life changing...cannot wait to try some of these in my kitchen.
Toby K Editor
Mar 06, 2018
Some great ideas here, especially the one about buying seasonal produce. I try to buy seasonal all the time! It's cheap AND the produce tastes better if it's in season.
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