15 Surprising Tips That Will Make You a Better Cook

updated Jun 6, 2019
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Mastering cooking and being in the kitchen really starts with cooking regularly and understanding ingredients, cooking techniques, and kitchen equipment. While there’s a broad range of basic knowledge out there about these subjects, there are also some surprising tips that can really up your culinary game. Here are our favorites!

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The One Mistake Every Beginner Makes in the Kitchen (Image credit: Nick Evans)

You can be a better cook with cooking techniques like preheating your baking sheet before roasting, or not moving meat in a pan as it’s searing, but there are also surprising tips about cleaning dirty pans, cooking steaks, and even storing lemons that will save you time in the kitchen and help you make the most out of the ingredients you buy.

15 Surprising Tips That Will Make You a Better Cook

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