“No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
— Julia Child
1. ABC (Always Be Cleaning)
Cleaners get coffee. Clean as you go, it will drastically limit the burden of having a “pile” of dishes when you’re done. A good rule is to spend 2 minutes to tidy every 20 minutes.
2. Peel Garlic In Seconds
Save time peeling garlic by lightly crushing the clove with the side of a knife under the heel of your hand then unwrap the clove like a Werther’s Original.
3. Double The Recipe
So obvious and rarely done, leftovers will save you money, time and worry about what’s for dinner. Think 2x by default, you can always scale back from there.
4. Two Good Cooks Tell You How To Hold A Knife
“How to hold a knife — to “choke up” on the blade with the handle in your palm and your fingers gripping the blade.”
— Eric Gower, cookbook author
“Pinch the dull side of the blade with your pointer finger and thumb where the blade meets the handle. Wrap your other three fingers around the handle, leaving your thumb and pointer finger gripping the heel of the blade. Practice on a big bag of vegetables.”
— Kelsey Nixon, host of Kelsey’s Essentials
5. Go Cold To Lose Fat
Starting bacon or pancetta in a cold skillet will help render the fat. The outcome will be crispier with no threat of burning.
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