Best 10 Cooking Tips That’ll Make You Say “Why Didn’t I Know About These Sooner”?

1. For the perfect ready-to-use recipe starters, freeze fresh herbs with some olive oil.

Don’t you hate when you buy fresh herbs for a recipe, have some left over, and slowly watch them wither and die in the fridge? No more! Take the leftover herbs and put them in an ice cube tray with olive oil. Next time you need that seasoning, you have a delicious flavor nugget ready to go. This works with fresh herbs, minced garlic, grated ginger, etc.

2. To prevent melted chocolate from clumping or burning, melt butter first, remove the pan from the heat — and then add chocolate chips.

The residual heat from the saucepan will melt the chocolate in the butter, and you’ll have perfect, creamy, non-burnt chocolate to use in your recipes!

3. Spread butter under the skin of your turkey to make it super brown and crispy.

Separating the skin from the meat with your hands can be a bit tricky, but all you need is to be patient and delicate. And the result is so worth it: The skin gets way crispier because it’s been separated from the meat and the fat from the butter helps brown it beautifully.

4. Crack an egg into your mashed potatoes, when they’re almost ready, to make them extra creamy.

Forget about cream and butter, the secret to super creamy mashed potatoes is apparently adding an egg to the mix (after all, it works for pasta carbonara so why not here?). And if you’re worried about adding a raw egg to your food, fear not: The heat of the mashed potatoes will cook it and make it safe to eat.

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