11 secret kitchen hacks only chefs know

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Whether your idea of cooking involves choosing what toppings you want on your pizza or you pretend you're cooking with Racheal Ray when you make dinner every night, having a few extra tricks up your sleeve can a good way to make food prep just a little easier.
Check out these neat tricks you can try in the kitchen:
1. Make lots of stock and freeze it
The next time you whip together chicken or turkey stock, make as much as you can and then separate the leftovers into plastic bags. You can freeze the stock for several months and you'll have a base for future dishes ready to grab when you need them.
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2. Ignore the package directions
To get the perfect pasta texture: cook your noodles one minute less than what the package tells you and then let them simmer in the sauce to finish cooking.
3. Get handsy with your sink
If you're cooking with garlic, rub your hands all over your stainless steel sink to remove the odor before washing with soap and water.
4. Steady does it
Keep your herbs from flying all over the place by first sprinkling a bit of salt on your chopping board.
5. Use a wooden spoon to control pills
The idea behind this kitchen trick is that if your boil bubbles get high enough to touch the spoon, the spoon pops the bubbles and the water retreats, according to Physics Stack Exchange. The verdict on this one (from most bloggers who've tested it) is that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It doesn't hurt though so feel free to plop it on top the next time you make noodles.
6. Bake your eggs in the oven
Getting the perfect hard boiled egg can be tricky (leave them on too long and they will explode, not long enough and you get a runny mess). Instead of boiling them, place an egg in each space of a muffin tin. Cook at 325 to 350 for 30 minutes, then douse them in ice water, according to All Recipes.
7. Protect your fingers from knives
If you don't have a knife block, put the pointy part of the knife in a wine cork before placing them in the drawer to avoid accidentally cutting yourself.
8. Dry your meat
Before browning your meat, pat it dry with paper towels to remove extra moisture. This will keep your meat from steaming.
9. Keep your cutting board from sliding
Place damp paper towels under your cutting board. The board will stick to the towels and the towels will stick to the cupboard to provide a more stable cutting surface.
10. Revive stale bread
If you have loaf bread that's gone a bit stale, don't toss it out. Instead douse it in water (yes, you read that right), wrap it in foil, put it in a cold oven and heat it up to 300. Bake for 15 minutes. Check out the clip of this trick from Rachael Ray.
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