50 Basic Cooking Tips You Should Memorize

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Fresh, quality ingredients affect outcome

A great way to ensure more flavor is to use in-season produce and high quality, local dairy and eggs when available.

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Let cooked meat rest before slicing

This allows the juices to reincorporate, leading to a moist final product.

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Crack eggs on the counter, not the edge of the bowl

Flat surfaces create less shattered shells that can end up in your food.

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Preheat the oven

Seriously. Putting food into a heating oven can cause it to burn on one side or cook unevenly.

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Refresh old spices yearly

Spices have a shelf life. They won’t make you sick, but they will taste like nothing. If it no longer has a distinct smell, get rid of it.