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15 Cooking Hacks Every Twentysomething Should Know

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1. Add some fresh veggies to instant noodles for a quick meal.

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It'll be tastier and cheaper than takeaway.

2. Ripen hard avocados FAST by putting them in a paper bag with a banana overnight.

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Because science!

3. Turn a box grater on its side for speedy julienned veggies.

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Who would have thought.

4. To cook the perfect fried egg, crack the egg into a nonstick pan, add a splash of water, and then cover with a lid.

The lid part is crucial, as it helps cook the top of the egg before the bottom starts burning.
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The lid part is crucial, as it helps cook the top of the egg before the bottom starts burning.

5. And if you run out of room on the stovetop, use your oven to cook up big batches of crispy bacon.

It's arguably even better than doing it in a pan.
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It's arguably even better than doing it in a pan.

6. Lightly spray your measuring spoon with a neutral oil to stop syrupy things like honey from sticking to it.

Just let it slide.
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Just let it slide.

7. Once pasta is cooked and drained, finish it off by adding it to the sauce and cooking for another minute or so.

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Adding a splash of starchy pasta water can help the sauce stick to the pasta too.

8. Boost the flavour of rice and grains by cooking them in stock instead of water.

You'll never want to eat boring water-rice again.
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You'll never want to eat boring water-rice again.

9. Freeze leftover liquids (like tomato paste, coconut milk, and pestos) in ice cube trays.

The individual portions make them super easy to add to other meals as needed.
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The individual portions make them super easy to add to other meals as needed.

10. Keep washed herbs fresher for longer by wrapping them in a slightly damp paper towel in a plastic bag and storing in the fridge.

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Or you can always chop and freeze them in ice cube trays with a little water or olive oil too.

11. Invest in a collection of dried herbs and spices. They'll last you for ages.

Herbs and spices add bucketloads of flavour to dishes, and because of this, you might even end up using less salt.
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Herbs and spices add bucketloads of flavour to dishes, and because of this, you might even end up using less salt.

12. Separate egg yolks using an empty water bottle.

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Easy and MESMERISING.

13. Use a nonstick muffin tray to bake mini breakfast quiches for those mornings on the run.

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So basically every day.

14. Keep the hairy root of the onion intact while dicing to make it easier to handle.

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It should minimise your tears too.

15. And to soften the pungent flavour of raw onions, try soaking them in some cold water.

All the onion flavour without the onion breath.
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All the onion flavour without the onion breath.

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