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17 Borderline Genius Cooking Tips From Your Favorite TV Chefs

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1. Cook your bacon in the oven.

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Ina Garten says this is the easiest way to make bacon crispy without burning it. Bake it at 400 degrees for 15–20 minutes, rotating the pan a few times so it cooks evenly. Pull out the bacon right before it is completely done.

Check out her recipe here. Check out more tips for baking your bacon from Inspired Taste.

2. Freeze a ton of homemade stock.

In his cookbook, Appetites ($22.50), Anthony Bourdain recommends cooking a big batch of stock and freezing it. This is something you can do in a spare half hour each week, and it tastes so much better than store-bought stock. Muffin trays makes this even easier: They make perfect portions of stock so you can just pop them out and toss them in the pot when you are ready to use it.

Here is a chicken stock recipe as well as 5 Insanely Delicious Chicken Soup Recipes You’ll Want To Make Again And Again.

3. Coat a measuring cup with a nonstick cooking spray before measuring out sticky ingredients, like honey.

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Sticky ingredients like honey will pour right out if you line the measuring cup with cooking spray. Learn more cooking fundamentals from Martha Stewart and make her honey-glazed carrots while you're at it.

5. Take your meat and fish off the grill a few seconds before it's perfectly done because it cooks an extra 5–10 degrees when resting.

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Bobby Flay discusses this in his cookbook, Barbecue Addiction ($22.49). He also uses tongs or a spatula to flip his meat to avoid poking it and releasing the juices.

Here is Bobby Flay's recipe for a perfectly grilled steak.

7. Use your hand to estimate ingredient measurements.

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A closed fist is a cup of greens, a palm is 3 ounces of meat, a cupped hand is about half a cup of grains, the tip of your index finger is a teaspoon of honey, and a thumb is a tablespoon of butter. Learn more ways to make cooking faster and easier with Giada de Laurentiis's Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count...Without Stressing Out ($21.08).

8. Avoid overcrowding the pot when you're blanching vegetables.

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Crowded vegetables will take longer to soften and will lose their color in the process. You want to boil vegetables quickly — between one to eight minutes depending on the vegetable — and loosely. Boil in batches if you have a small pot. Get more of vegetable tips from chef José Andres here, and find his recipe for asparagus with Spanish-cured ham here.

9. Use a salt pig so that your seasoning is accessible and controlled.

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Serious Eats says this is one of the most useful tools to keep in your kitchen. You can use a plastic container if you don't want to purchase an honest-to-god salt pig, but if you do you can get this freakin' adorable one for $19.99.

10. Pinch your fingers to determine the doneness of your steak without slicing into it.

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To avoid cutting into your steak to check the doneness, try the palm trick above. See Jamie Oliver's tutorial for cooking a perfect steak here.

11. Wrap your Thanksgiving turkey in parchment paper to maintain the moisture.

When the turkey is nearly done, rip off the paper and turn up the heat to make the skin nice and crispy. Learn how to roast your turkey from Martha Stewart.

12. Cook one-tray meals in a shallow roasting pan so that everything browns well.

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While cooking in a casserole dish is great for cooking deep dishes evenly, it isn't so good for roasting. Check out Nigella Lawson's Nigellissima: Easy Italian Inspired Recipes ($27.69) for more insightful tips like this one.

Grubby Little Faces cooked Nigella's Italian chicken and sausage traybake. Get the recipe here.

15. Rinse off dry beans before cooking them to get rid of the rooty toot toots.

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Julia Child says that rinsing off dry beans before cooking them cleans off the sugars that contribute to the — er — digestive issues that come with eating beans. If you are pairing them with rice, check for steam holes after 12 minutes of cooking it covered to determine if they're done. If you haven't read Julia Child's The Way to Cook ($30.00), you probably aren't doing it right. Learn how to make her vegetarian French cassoulet with The Sweet Almond.

16. Fry fried chicken twice.

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After the first dip in the pan, let your chicken rest for 10 minutes, then fry it a second time for three minutes to make it extra crispy.

Watch Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster make fried chicken on Tasty.

17. Peel ginger with the edge of a spoon.

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Using a spoon to peel ginger is the best way to get around the knobby edges without taking off precious chunks of the root.

Learn how to make Szechuan pork noodles with bok choy with Rachael Ray.