Cooking tips to improve home cooking

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“The taste is so subtle it is imperceptible, but without it it feels like something is missing.”

Every once in a while you hear of a cooking tip or ingredient substitution that makes you say, “Whoa, I really have to try this. So I dove deep into the r / Cooking subreddit to find some of the coolest ones. Here is a bunch that you might want to try at home.

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“The next time you’re making banana bread from a canned mix, replace 2/3 of the water with Kahlúa. People always try mine and say ‘Shit is good’. “

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“Get a fish spatula and use it to do a lot more than just fish. I think it’s the most versatile spatula on the market, but it’s listed by name. It’s the best utensil to handle. fish because it’s incredibly delicate, but it’s also the best tool for handling other delicate foods like fried eggs, and the lined slits keep food from sticking to your face.

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“Use your air fryer to reheat leftover food. Normally, cold fries are good for, but not if you air fry them. And you can basically revive leftover pizza to delivery quality by cooking it. making it nice and crisp in the air fryer. “

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“The next time you’re making lasagna, try using bechamel instead of ricotta. It’s popular in Egyptian and Greek cuisine, and it’s absolutely delicious.”

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“If you are making mashed potatoes, bring them to a boil with water, rather than adding potatoes to already boiling water. This makes them much creamier when they are. crushed. “

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“Try making falafels with beans (Egyptian style) instead of chickpeas. The resulting falafels have a crispier exterior, a softer interior, a lighter texture and are just a lot tastier.”

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“If your homemade soup is too runny, try adding instant mashed potatoes as a thickener. I keep a can for those lazy days or emergencies, and they save your life when you’ve added too much liquid to the soup. “

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“My favorite lazy recipe is mac and cheese with sliced ​​hot dogs. It’s pretty much carbonara: pasta and salt pork cooked in a thick, rich and creamy cheese sauce.”

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“If a recipe calls for light brown sugar or molasses, I always substitute dark brown sugar. Dark sugar makes baked goods much better.”

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“Add a bay leaf (and more than you might think) to just about any soup, broth or sauce. The difference is very subtle, but without the bay leaf it will taste like something is missing. . “

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“If you’re in a rush, the fish sauce works just as well as the anchovies in a homemade Caesar dressing. It’s the same salty, savory, umami flavor.

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“When making French toast, try using melted vanilla ice cream to replace 3/4 of the milk. It’s amazing.”

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“You can make really good cookies by mixing a box of cake mix with half a jar of Cool Whip. Just bake at 350 ° and start looking at them for about 8 minutes or so. The cookies turn out to be deliciously chewy. . “

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“Use Trader Joe’s Creamy Canned Tomato Soup instead of milk to make macaroni and cheese. It is absolutely life changing. “


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“Check the international aisle of your grocery store whenever you need or can’t find spices. There’s a 99% chance that you can get what you need for $ 1 instead of spending over $ 7.99 on the big brands. “

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“Instead of traditional Italian breadcrumbs, add a canned dry stuffing mix to your meatloaf. This makes the final dish a lot wetter and takes it to the next level. “

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“Add butter to instant ramen to thicken the broth and make it stick to the noodles. This adds a lot more depth to the flavor and gives instant ramen a premium taste in the restaurant. “

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“My mom always added applesauce to cake mixes instead of oil, and they were always really chewy. Now I do the same and my cakes get so many compliments. The secret is applesauce. apples !”

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“A pinch of sugar works for a homemade tomato sauce, but a touch of good balsamic vinegar is even better. It really deepens the flavor and adds a bit of sweetness. Add the balsamic vinegar after the sauce has simmered for a while and still has a few minutes left on the stove. “

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“Add a pinch of nutmeg to white sauces like gravy, cauliflower soup or béchamel sauce. It gives the dish a little depth and makes the flavors more interesting.”

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“When baking banana bread, first roast the ripe bananas on a foil-lined baking sheet in the oven at 300 ° F for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, use them in bread. bananas, muffins or cakes. This makes the bread delicious and much tastier. “

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“Add a spoonful of chive cream cheese (in addition to butter and milk) when making canned mac and cheese. That makes it so creamy, cheesy, and flavorful. “

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“If you are breading something like a chicken cutlet, forget to dredge it in the egg. Instead, coat it in mayonnaise before the breadcrumbs.”

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“Add a layer of Greek yogurt on your salmon fillets before cooking. It’s delicious and keeps the salmon from drying out in the oven.”

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“Add an extra egg yolk to any cookie recipe for softer, fluffier cookies that taste like they’ve come out of the oven for days.”

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“No campfire? No problem. Make s’mores right in the toaster oven.”

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“Use powdered milk to give your baked goods an extra depth of dairy flavor. Powdered milk can be found in the baking section of most grocery stores, and this is the trick to amplifying the flavor and the flavor. texture of any bakery product. “

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“Sprinkle a little baking powder on the skin of the chicken to make it even crispier when you roast, sear or fry it. “

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“Adding a little orange juice to the pumpkin or banana bread really adds a nice brightness against the spices and gives it the perfect amount of acidity. “

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“Put the meat in the freezer for 20 minutes before slicing it. This makes it much easier to cut it finely for dishes like stir-fries. “

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