Be a Better Cook with These Kitchen Tips

These will make prep work and cooking easier!

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Check out these simple and practical nuggets of culinary wisdom to make you a better cook: 

 

1 Toast nuts and seeds before adding to soups, sauces, and marinades. Toasting releases all their wonderful flavors.



2 When searing or browning meat, pat its surface dry with paper towels. Excess moisture will steam it instead of searing its surface.



3 Preparing smoothies for breakfast? Freeze your fruits and vegetables overnight to make blending them easier. It’ll also make your shakes extra cold!

 


4 Cut vegetables in uniform sizes—this ensures that they finish steaming, boiling, or sautéing at the same time.

 

5 To clean greens easily, soak them first in a bowl of cold water. Stir then let stand for a few minutes. Scoop them out and check the water. Repeat until water is clean and no dirt or residue remains.

 

6 Store leftover cream, broth, juices, and other liquids by freezing them in ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer to a resealable bag and use as needed.

 



7 Wrap burger patties or fish fillets individually in plastic wrap or place parchment paper between pieces before freezing so that you can thaw as few or as many as needed.

 



8 When adding oil to a pan, pour it in a steady stream along the edges. The oil will be hot when it settles in the center of the pan.

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Tips appeared as part of a feature in the July 2014 issue of Yummy magazine

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