50 Basic Cooking Tips You Should Memorize

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Store fresh herbs in water

Like a bouquet, your herbs will last longer if you place freshly cut stems in a cup of water, then cover in plastic and refrigerate.

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Parchment paper saves on clean up time

Baking a cake? Roasting vegetables? Line pans with parchment paper and you’ll thank yourself later — plus, it is considered compostable waste in many parts of the country.

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If you’re boiling water, put the lid on the pot

Should we have to tell you that this saves time?

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Toast grains before boiling

This deepens their flavor. Try it with spices and nuts as well.

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Season often

Taste food and season it repeatedly throughout the cooking process. This way it will be perfect by the time it’s done and you won’t be scrambling to doctor a bland dish.