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16 Incredible Cooking Tips (Slideshow)

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The Basics.

1. Carefully study a recipe before you start to cook. Sure, cooking is intuitive, but if you’re not clear on a certain concept, or don’t have a tool the recipe calls for, you’re setting yourself up for problems down the road.

2. Mise en place. This is so, so important. Mise en place is the art (and it is an art!) of having everything ready before you start cooking. Chop up all of those vegetables before turning on the burner. Grate the cheese before the oven goes on. Have that butter set out at room temperature all ready to go. If there’s any one thing you can do to make your food shine, having everything ready in advance is it. That way, food isn’t burning on the stovetop because you’re too busy prepping ingredients.

3. Knives. They’re key! Always use a sharp knife. Know how to properly hold a knife, and know the best way to use it. Using knives properly is an essential cooking skill, and an essential keeping all of your fingers skill, too. This video has great tips.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:51PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Good tips, thanks!

9:42AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Thank you.

4:05AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thanks for the useful tips.

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3:07AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013


4:26AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Ah yes - read the recipe through - it can save you from finding out too late that a part of the recipe must be started the day before! No, this has never happened to me.... it was a friend...honest! ;-)

3:22AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013


5:07AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Thank you

2:45AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thanks for the advice!

2:25PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013


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