Do your onions have you crying? Next time, rinse the onion in cold water before and light a candle near your cutting board when slicing or chopping onions. The gas released by the onion is drawn into the flame of the candle.
Salt is vital to all recipes not only savory ones. Adding a tiny pinch of salt to desserts intensifies their flavor tremendously.
For recipes that call for orange or lemon juice - Roll your oranges or lemons on the counter by hand to release the juice inside the fruit before cutting into them.
For creamier mashed potatoes add a few dabs of sour cream or cream cheese and parsley flakes for an extra kick.
Pasta should be cooked in salted boiling water and stirred frequently to avoid sticking. Try to not overcook your pasta the perfect pasta is served Al Dente.
Let raw potatoes stand in cold water for at least half an hour before frying to improve the crispness of french-fried potatoes.
Microwave a lemon for 15 seconds and double the juice you get before squeezing.
Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off.
Keep your potatoes in a brown paper bag to keep them fresh longer.
For best results when you’re baking, leave butter and eggs at room temperature overnight.
In the summer keep your bread in the frig to keep it from molding.
Garlic is easily peeled with a steak knife.
Onions are better kept in a dark place.
Mixing your fruits and vegetables in the frig causes spoiling faster and a transfer of flavors.
When deep frying foods, add a pinch of salt to the oil. This prevents excess splattering.
When planning out your meal - Start with your longest prep dish first, chop everything before and prepare your pans. Then start cooking your longest cooking time dish first so everything finishes cooking at the same time.
For a lighter substitute replace creams with greek-style yogurt.
Lemon juice takes the smell of garlic on your hands.
Cook a pork roast with the fat side up this way as it moistens the meat as it cooks.
Cook what's in season. It's fresher and less expense.
Check your oven's temp with a oven thermometer. Even new ovens can be off.
Keep a shopping bag near you on the counter for your waste as you cook. It makes clean up easier.
Turn your handles in while cooking so that no one bumps them.
Rinse lettuce in cold water just before serving to crisp it.
Set your table before you start to cook so everything is ready when the food finishes.
While peeling potatoes have a bowl ready with cold water to emerse the potatoes in (to keep them from turning brown)
It's better to have a few of the best quality pans than to have many you don't use because they are harder to cook with.