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Great Kitchen Tips You Won't Find In A Cookbook

APRIL 6, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. Tenderize beef by coating it in baking soda.

Tenderize beef by coating it in baking soda.

2. If you burn yourself, use a raw, fresh onion to ease the pain.

If you burn yourself, use a raw, fresh onion to ease the pain.

3. Roast the perfect potato.

After parboling them, add a tablespoon of flour to the pot and shake vigorously. The flour coats the potatoes and roughs up the outside. Once they are roasted in oil they will have the perfect crunchy, crispy outside!

4. Peppers too hot?

Cut the pepper in half, remove the seeds and rub salt on the insides. Let it sit for about five minutes and the heat should mellow right down.

5. Learn what a "real" sharp knife is.

It will make everything that much smoother. How to know if your knife passes the tomato test: it should be able to slice through a tomato at least halfway using only gravity.

6. Buy a large stainless steel bowl.

Buy a large stainless steel bowl.

7. You got some pepper juice in your eye? Ouch!

You got some pepper juice in your eye? Ouch!

8. Clean while you cook.

Cooking takes time. While waiting five minutes here or 10 minutes there, use the time to wash a few dishes or put away things you're done with. You'll be so much happier without that looming pile of a mess.

9. Add a pinch of salt.

When you're tasting something and it doesn't have the pizzazz and wow you were hoping for, but instead left you thinking "meh," then add some salt. The tiniest bit will add more flavor than you will believe.

10. And if salt doesn't do the trick, try acid.

And if salt doesn't do the trick, try acid.

11. You have enchilado, skip the milk!

You have enchilado, skip the milk!

12. Add cornstarch for crisp!

Add cornstarch for crisp!

13. Get a cheap coffee grinder.

Get a cheap coffee grinder.

14. Then clean it with vodka.

Then clean it with vodka.

15. Freeze your fresh herbs in olive oil using ice cube trays.

Freeze your fresh herbs in olive oil using ice cube trays.

16. Save your bacon grease.

Save your bacon grease.

17. Pepper juice burning your skin?

Pepper juice burning your skin?