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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.