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    19 Cooking Tips And Hacks That'll Make Your Experience In The Kitchen 100% Better

    "When cooking white rice on the stove, substitute chicken broth for orange juice."

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what cooking tips and hacks they absolutely swear by. Here are the amazing results.

    1. "Before grating semi-soft cheeses — such as fontina and fresh mozzarella — freeze it for about 30 minutes. This hardens it up, making it easier to grate."

    2. "I always reheat my pizza on the stove. Starting with a cold pan, place a slice or two so they are flat, cover them with a lid, and turn the heat up to medium. Wait 5–8 minutes and the cheese will be melted and the bottom will be crispy."

    Someone heating up a small slice of pepperoni pizza in a pan on a stovetop with a lid
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    3. "Save leftover bacon grease and sauté your onions with it, or just substitute the bacon grease for butter when cooking dishes that could use a little more ping."

    A pan of cooked bacon, and the same pan with leftover bacon grease being cooked with onions
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    4. "For grilled cheese, before you toast the bread, put salad dressing on it. The [popular] hack was mayo, but salad dressing is just better-tasting mayo. Put a light spread on it and it changes everything!"

    A mason jar of salad dressing; a grilled cheese being cooked in a cast-iron skillet
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    5. "When cooking white rice on the stove, substitute chicken broth for water. Orange juice is a yummy substitute, too."

    A pot of cooked white rice; Elliot Page drinking a big container of orange juice in "Juno"
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    6. "Using a dry mix of ranch dressing as seasoning makes food taste a lot better. I don't care for ranch dressing, to be honest, but I use this as breadings for fried foods (great with chicken of course), on burgers, in taco meat, in some pre-seasoned pasta sides, and in chicken and pasta bakes. To be fair, it is just a spice mix, but it's more convenient this way."

    A bag of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning; a bowl of fried chicken

    7. "Toast your spices in a pan with oil until they get fragrant before adding your meat and veggies, especially when the recipe calls for a lot of warm, rich spices! Just keep a close eye on it so that it doesn't burn."

    Bill Hader as Stefon on "SNL" saying "Spicy!"
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    8. "When making brownies or chocolate cake (whether it’s a mix or from scratch), replace however much water the recipe calls for with strong coffee. It doesn’t make things taste like coffee — it just enhances the chocolate."

    A fresh sheet of baked brownies; a spoon full of coffee grounds
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    9. "If you want over-easy eggs but the whites on top are still raw, put a cover on the pan and wait for 30 seconds. The steam will cook the whites on top of the eggs, and as long as you don’t leave the lid on for too long, the yolks will still be nice and runny."

    An over-easy egg being cooked in a pan with the lid on top of it
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    10. "Deglaze a pan that meat was cooked in with wine, and add some butter for a quick sauce."

    Three slabs of butter cooking in a pan from "Julie & Julia;" Olivia Pope from "Scandal" drinking wine; Martha Stewart deglazing a pan with a wooden spoon
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    11. "Roast unripe bananas in the oven at 400 degrees to convert its starches into sugar. This makes them a whole lot sweeter and better tasting."

    An unripe banana cut into thing slices
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    12. "If you start baking something spur of the moment and it calls for softened butter, you can just smash the cold butter between two sheets of wax paper and pound it with a rolling pin. The flattened butter will be soft and malleable, and perfect for creaming with sugar."

    13. "Never cook with cheap wine — if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it."

    Julie from "Julie & Julia" pouring wine in a pot in her small kitchen
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    14. "Use brown butter instead of regular butter in baked goods and savory dishes! It adds a whole other level of flavor to almost anything that requires a good amount of butter."

    A pot of browned butter and a thick slab of regular butter being cut with a knife
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    15. "If you’re adding pasta to a soup, cook it separately until it's done, then let it sit in the pasta water for an hour (or until it roughly doubles in size). This will prevent the pasta from sucking up all of your broth and making the soup too thick."

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    16. "When flavoring something with citrus, instead of using the juice, rub the zest in with sugar (or salt for savory) until the sugar becomes fragrant. This releases the oils from the peel."

    A women zesting a lemon over a bowl in the kitchen
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    17. "Add instant coffee to bolognese sauce (especially if it's from the jar) to bring out a richer flavor."

    A jar of instant coffee with a spoon; a bowl of fresh bolognese sauce
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    18. "Making your own vanilla extract is sooooooo much cheaper than buying it. Buy 10 vanilla beans, put them in a 750 ml bottle of cheap vodka, and let it sit for at least two months. Done."

    A man holding vanilla beans; someone pouring shots of vodka; various bottles of homemade vanilla extract
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    19. And "Put fresh avocados in the oven and let them bake for 10 minutes to make them ripen faster."

    A baked avocado versus a regular avocado
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