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    13 Basic Cooking Techniques Everyone Should Know

    It's easier than you think. (With videos!)

    1. Chopping an onion:

    The trick is: Slicing it into a little grid with a sharp knife. It still takes practice, but this method is ~super~ easy once you get the hang of it. Watch the full video here.

    2. Frying an egg:

    The trick is: Not flipping until the whites are firm enough. And, if you're not feelin' fancy, using a spatula to do the flipping. Watch the full video here.

    3. Slicing a tomato (without getting juice everywhere):

    4. Cooking a pot of pasta:

    5. Creaming butter and sugar:

    The trick is: Using room temperature butter, and occasionally scraping down the sides. Watch the whole video here, and read more about why this is an important step here.

    6. Leveling off flour for baking:

    7. Cooking an onion until it's translucent:

    The trick is: Mostly leaving them alone, stirring only every minute or two! You'll know they're done when they're slightly translucent, like in the photo above. Watch the full video here.

    8. Chopping a clove of garlic:

    The trick is: Using the heel of your hand to smash the clove beneath a wide, flat knife, so the papery skin comes off easily. Watch the full video here.

    9. Browning ground beef:

    10. Chopping romaine lettuce for a salad:

    The trick is: cutting out the core, then cutting it into a grid shape (using a knife. Tearing it with your hands takes much longer). Watch the full video here.

    11. Peeling a carrot:

    12. Pounding chicken breasts to an even thickness:

    The trick is: Laying plastic wrap over the chicken, then pounding it with a meat mallet. Watch the video here here.

    Pro tip: Make sure to do it on a cutting board, to prevent cross-contamination.

    13. Cooking a steak: