50 Basic Cooking Tips You Should Memorize

Source: fotostorm / iStock via Getty Images

Curve your fingers down when slicing vegetables

If your knuckles are resting against the side of the blade, the blade can’t cut you.

Source: PeopleImages / E+ via Getty Images

Don’t crowd the pan

Whether you’re searing meat or sauteing vegetables, leaving space between pieces allows them to brown and crisp. Crowding leads to soggy, steamed food.

Source: Mikolette / E+ via Getty Images

Clean as you go

You’ll thank yourself later. It saves space, time, and muscle if you wash dishes as you use them or at least soak them while you cook.

Source: fermate / iStock via Getty Images

Use the right tool or pan for the job

If you stir-fry often, get a wok. Peel a lot of vegetables? Invest in a y-shaped peeler. Frost cakes? Get an offset spatula. Tools can be relatively cheap and save you a lot of time and frustration.

Source: Natissima / iStock via Getty Images

Store ginger root in the freezer

Ginger often dries out before we have used most of it. Keep it in the freezer and grate it directly into your dish.