50 Basic Cooking Tips You Should Memorize

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Crack eggs into a separate bowl

This way if one has gone bad you won’t have ruined the whole batch. Also, if you get some shell in, it’ll be easier to pick out.

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Blanch tomatoes for easy peeling

Place fresh tomatoes in boiling water for about 20 seconds, then cool them. The peels will slide off.

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Don’t have buttermilk? No problem

Use 1 scant cup of milk with a tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar, or alternately, use plain yogurt.

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For crispier potatoes, soak them in water

An hour before cooking, place sliced potatoes in water to remove some of the starch. Dry and roast or fry, according to your recipe.

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Don’t wash your mushrooms

Mushrooms soak up and store water. To prevent them from getting soggy, brush off any visible dirt rather than washing them.