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27 Diagrams That Make Cooking So Much Easier

Including easy ingredient substitutions, basic knife skills, meat marinating times, and more.

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4. For spicing things up.

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Sure, you can just dump a bunch of spices into your stew and it'll taste good. But, you can take your home cooking to a whole new level if you really know which spices taste best with which foods. Via CookSmarts.

9. For cooking with and maintaining a cast-iron skillet.

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Cast-iron skillets are great for cooking because they're good heat conductors, meaning they get super hot, stay super hot, and cook your food evenly. They're especially great for getting a delicious, crispy crust on meat. Here's everything you need to know about owning a cast-iron skillet.

14. For your next trip to the butcher.

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Knowing the difference between cuts of meat means you'll always be able to go into a butcher or grocery store and ask for exactly what you want. Plus, it makes for impressive dinner conversation. Full infographic here.

16. For knowing what kind of onion to use.

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You won't ruin a recipe by using a sweet onion when a red onion would have been better, but different onions have different characteristics — some are milder, some are sweeter, etc. — so it's good to know the difference. More info here.

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