Annotate Your Recipes:
If you come across a recipe tweak, like adjusting the onion-to-garlic ratio, leave a Post-It on the page for a helpful reminder later.
Read Before You Begin:
Always read the recipe from start to finish before diving in to avoid unnecessary time with a hot oven.
Save Bacon Fat:
Don’t discard bacon grease! Utilize it for various cooking endeavors, from frying eggs to creating a unique bacon-infused candle.
Secure Your Cutting Board:
Place a damp paper towel under your cutting board to prevent unwanted movements while using sharp knives.
Set your timer for a few minutes less than the recommended cooking time to account for oven variations and avoid overcooking.
Season and Taste:
Season your dish as you go, ensuring balanced flavors throughout the cooking process.
Trust Your Instincts:
If something looks off, trust your judgment. You know more about your food than you realize.
Enhance flavors by adding a bit of salt to everything, including desserts, to create a more complex taste.
Invest in a Scale:
For baking precision, use a scale – baking is a science, and accurate measurements are crucial.
Clean As You Go:
Take short breaks to clean surfaces and tools during cooking to save time and reduce stress later on.
Mind Your Oven Mitts:
Avoid using damp oven mitts to prevent burns and maintain the integrity of your skin.
Skip the garlic press for a better texture and a quicker, cleaner process of mincing garlic by hand.
Pull cookies out slightly before they are done, as they continue cooking on the tray after removal from the oven.
Use a Paper Towel on the Cutting Board:
Place a paper towel on your cutting board when chopping multiple ingredients to save time on cleaning.
Print out your recipes to avoid getting raw egg or other ingredients on your electronic devices.