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16 Kitchen Hacks That Are Actually Genius

Why didn't I think of these?

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2. Never ~accidentally~ cut through hasselback potatoes again.

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Next time you make hasselback potatoes, place a chopstick on either side of the spud to prevent cutting all the way through.

4. Make sure your oil is at the perfect temperature.

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To check if your oil is hot enough for frying, submerge the end of a wooden chopstick in it. If the oil begins to bubble, it's at the perfect temperature for frying.

7. Make fancy quenelle shapes.

Making perfect quenelles takes practice, so don't get discouraged if your first few look more like blobs than pristine footballs. See how to do it here.

9. Never waste time picking cilantro leaves again.

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Run a fork from the stem to the tip of a bunch of cilantro (as if you're combing your hair) to easily remove the leaves.

14. Make DIY stencils to decorate cakes like a true pastry chef.

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Trace your favorite cookie cutter onto paper and cut it out to create stencils for dusting cocoa or powdered sugar onto cakes.

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