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    17 Cooking Tips Every One Should Know

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    1. Place a wooden spoon across the pot when cooking pasta. This stops the water boiling over.

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    This easy trick that will save a whole head of sticky mess.

    2. To get rid of the garlicy smell from your hands, rub them directly on your sink before washing them.

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    You can also rub your hands on a spoon, or anything made out of stainless steel. Check out how it's done here.

    3. For quick poached eggs, microwave them in a tea cup.

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    All you need to do is crack the eggs into the tea cup, cover it with the saucer and microwave for 60 seconds. Check out how it's done here.

    4. Add a little salt onto your cutting board before chopping herbs to keep them from flying around

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    You can also add it to garlic for the same effect.

    5. For perfect crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside sweet potato fries, soak your slices in cold water before cooking them.

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    Check out the full recipe here.

    6. Soak chicken breast in warm salty water before cooking.

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    This is a great way to keep your chicken moist, because seriously, no one should be eating dry chicken. See how it's done here.

    7. Use mayonnaise to prevent food from sticking.

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    It doesn't need to be a lot of mayo, just a thin coating will prevent fish, meat and a bunch of other ingredients from sticking to the pan. Check out chef Michael Cimarusti other food tips here.

    8. Pat dry your protein before frying it.

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    Doing this means the meat won't release moisture when it hits the hot oil, and less moisture means crispier skin.

    9. Crush garlic under the blade of your knife to make it easier to peel.

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    Fuss free.

    10. Rinse your rice before cooking.

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    This helps get rid of all the extra starch, plus it means your rice will be fluffier.

    11. Leave your butter out the night before you bake for perfectly soft, room-temperature texture.

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    It just makes life easier when it's time to bake.

    12. Don't overcrowd the pan when you're sautéeing vegetables.

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    The lack of hot surface area will make the vegetables steam instead of sauté.

    13. Before making lemon juice, roll lemons under your palm.

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    Or microwave them for 10 to 15 seconds. Both techniques will break down the lemons and make them easier to juice.

    14. Check if oil is hot enough for frying by sticking a wooden skewer or spoon in the oil.

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    If bubbles form around the wood, then you are good to go.

    15. Wet your fingers with water to remove egg shells.

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    Just you run a little water over your fingers before reaching in to get egg shells. It's easier to grab the pieces with wet hands.

    16. Put a cup of water in the microwave when reheating pizza or other baked goods.

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    The water adds moisture to the air, meaning it won't dry out.

    17. Always turn the handle of pans away from you, so you don't hit it and knock it off the stove.

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    Just a solid safety tip.