32 excellent cooking tips for beginners

Kinda wish I had learned some of these sooner.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent a lot of time cooking in your kitchen over the past year. To cut through some of the work that goes into making all those delicious dishes, read on for tons of super easy (and super helpful!) 🔪

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If you are cooking a recipe that calls for sautéing onions and garlic, prepare the onions first.

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Add brown sugar to tomato sauce to make the flavor richer.

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To make the oven-baked fried chicken taste good, add a little mayonnaise to the usual breadcrumbs and eggs.

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When squeezing limes, cut the bottom off first so that all the juice runs through the fruit rather than getting stuck in the peel.

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Sprinkle flour over bacon to reduce grease splattering.

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And for a mess-free bacon experience, cook it in the oven rather than the stovetop.

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Save yourself some time and energy simply by baking bacon in the oven. Simply toss it in a paper tray – and for an easier cleanup, line the tray with parchment or aluminum foil first.

Read more: 23 Basic Cooking Mistakes Everyone Makes

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Know when to use ground pepper versus crushed pepper.

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Finely ground pepper (the kind that looks like dust) is best used for things like sauces. It’s very powerful, and a little bit of it goes a long way. On the other hand, coarsely ground pepper is best for finishing dishes at the table or seasoning proteins. It adds great flavor to anything you add to it.

Read more: 12 little seasoning hacks to take your cooking to the next level

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Cracking eggs? Use the eggshell to pick up any broken stray pieces.

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Crack the eggs on a flat surface rather than the edge of the bowl.

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For a safer and less stressful cooking experience, sharpen your knives.

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Rinse the rice before cooking to prevent it from getting thick.

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Reserve the stems of herbs and add them to soups, stews, or broths while they’re cooking.

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Use a bench scraper to easily move food from the cutting board to the skillet.

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Find the sweetest watermelon by looking for a yellow patch and listening for a hollow sound.

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Rejuvenate old cookies by placing a piece of bread in your cookie container.

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Listen, I know you don’t have long and like to eat straight from your night, but if you want your veggies to brown and crisp up a bit (and you definitely do), it pays to cook your ingredients in smaller batches. If you try to dump all of your food into one pan, the temperature will drop and you won’t get that nice, cooked outer layer you’re aiming for.

Read more: 23 Basic Cooking Mistakes Everyone Makes

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Make sure to cook all the water first.

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After you have finished cooking the steak, let the meat rest.

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Don’t be too quick to slice fresh meat off the grill or skillet, as this will spill out all of its delicious juices. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes and you will have a steak.

Read more: Let’s find out the best way to cook steak

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When making pie dough, use a grater to get small pieces of butter.

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If you find a recipe online that you want to use, check the comments for any tips or precautions.

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Learn from others’ mistakes and set yourself up for success by scrolling to the bottom of a blog post or recipe and checking any warnings other reviewers might have about the recipe.

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Use more than one type of vinegar when seasoning salads.

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Some types of vinegar are more acidic while others are sweeter. Mix in more than one to complement all of your salad ingredients.

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When preparing fried rice, prepare the pan by cooking an egg in it first.

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Scale up your sheets with a little bit of aluminum foil.

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When it comes to heat, you don’t feel the need to constantly flip or stir things up.

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Generously salt the pasta water.

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Don’t be afraid to salt pasta water. You’ll make your noodles taste better by seasoning the noodles from the inside out. It will also help bring out the flavor of your pasta sauce.

Read more: 23 Basic Cooking Mistakes Everyone Makes

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Do not add the pasta until the water has already boiled.

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Putting the pasta in too early can make it sticky and chewy, which you definitely don’t want.

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Finally, whatever you do: don’t do Rinse the pasta after it has been cooked.

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