33 Cooking Tips I’ve Heard and Loved Lately

“A friend of mine learned this in culinary school, and I’ve adopted it as my own ever since.”

I love to cook and I constantly hear about new cooking tips and tricks. And while some may be overlooked, others really stand out in my mind and make me think: Wow, I really should try this. So I went through the subreddit r/kitchen and comments from the BuzzFeed community, and compiled a list of small but surprising cooking tips that seriously impressed me.


“I add mashed or shredded carrots to my tomato sauce. It really lowers the acidity without the extra added sugar. Everyone always raves about my pasta sauce.”


“I use Kraft Mac cheese packets to season my popcorn. It’s life changing.”


“If you’re baking cookies from a bagged or boxed mix (like Tollhouse), substitute the Kerrygold butter for whatever butter you normally use. Something about salted Irish butter will take your cookies to the next level. “


“I add a pinch of salt to hot chocolate, and people go crazy for it. But it’s just a mix of hot cocoa, milk, and salt. The extra sodium doesn’t make it salty at all. in fact, it brings out more of the chocolate flavor.”


“The secret to amazing tomato sauce is butter. Try putting a good amount of butter in your red sauce and let it simmer. It will taste much better, but no one will be able to guess the secret.”


“Try adding a touch of horseradish to your mashed potatoes…especially garlic mashed potatoes. This is a game changer. It adds a ton of flavor without being too noticeable or overpowering. “


“If you want an easy, cheap meal that will blow your mind, mix instant beef ramen with peanut butter and sriracha. It’s creamy, flavorful, spicy, sweet, and totally divine.”


“If you are used to making grilled cheese with butter, try replacing that butter with a light coating of mayonnaise and a pinch of garlic salt on the outside of your bread. grilled cheese.”


“Whenever a recipe calls for water, I always use chicken broth instead. It makes just about everything taste richer, more complex, and better.”


“Add a little soy sauce to your tuna or chicken salad. It gives it that extra salty flavor. I worked at Jimmy John’s for a while and it was their secret. 10 years now, and I could never go back.”


“I replace half the sugar I put in boxed cookie, cake and cupcake mix with a packet of vanilla Jello pudding powder. It keeps the baked goods super soft and moist for days.”


“Most people use overripe bananas for banana bread, but I have another great trick. I freeze overripe bananas first, then thaw them when ready to bake. Freeze them first makes them taste even sweeter.”


“Crack an egg into your mashed potatoes when they’re almost done. Forget cream and butter, the secret to super creamy mashed potatoes is to add an egg to the mix. (It works for pasta carbonara so why not for mashed potatoes?) . The heat from the mashed potatoes cooks the egg so it’s safe to eat, but gives it a delicious richness.


“For mac and cheese that stays creamy even after refrigeration, add cream cheese when you make the sauce. You can’t even taste the cream cheese, but the sauce stays moist and thick instead of thick. be totally absorbed. in the pasta.”


“Use chicken, beef, or vegetable broth to cook any grains that don’t need straining like quinoa, rice, couscous, etc. It makes them so much tastier than just making them cook in water.”


“Add a little mayonnaise to your beaten eggs before scrambling them or making an omelette or quiche. This adds volume and makes them light and fluffy.”


“Adding a pinch of baking soda to oatmeal or polenta cuts cooking time in half. It’s my favorite time saver for dinner.”


“Replace some of the liquid in your waffle batter with seltzer water or another carbonated drink like ginger ale. This is the key to the fluffiest, fluffiest waffles ever.”


“Place an ice cube on leftover food you microwave to add moisture while reheating. The ice won’t melt but it will add steam to your food. This is especially useful for rice .”


“If you run out of breadcrumbs and are in a hurry, just toast a slice of bread and grate it into small pieces.”


“Making your own flavored butter is so easy, and it’s the easiest way to enhance a meal. Just soften a knob of butter and add anything from herbs or garlic to the hot pepper. Shape the butter into a cylinder on waxed paper, roll it up, and freeze it. Anytime you want to use it, just use a hot knife to cut a portion. I always have about five different flavored butters in my freezer every day.


“Add a layer of Greek yogurt or mayonnaise to fillets of fish like salmon before cooking. This prevents the fish from drying out in the oven, keeping it moist and flaky.”


“Save leftover bacon grease and sauté the onions in it, or just use bacon grease instead of olive oil or butter when making anything that might need a little more of flavor.”


“Instead of frying eggs in olive oil, give them a serious boost by frying them in a tablespoon of pesto.”


“The trick to life-changing mashed potatoes: your instant ramen spice packet. I make my sauce with butter, flour, water and a ramen seasoning packet beef or chicken.”


“I put extra yolks in my scrambled eggs. It makes them so much more decadent. So, for example, if I’m making eggs for two people, I’d use four whole eggs and two extra egg yolks.”


“Whenever I make something with ground taco meat, I toss a chopped chipotle pepper into an adobo sauce. It gives the meat a smoky heat which really enhances the flavor.”


“A friend of mine learned this trick in culinary school and now I swear by it. If you cook something tasty and it just seems like it should Something but you don’t know what, add a little mustard. Yellow or Dijon mustard always does the trick. I don’t know what kind of magic it is, but it totally works.”


“Add a little brown sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup to almost any savory stew, soup, sauce, dressing, chili pepper, and marinade. It helps reduce those sour, sour, and bitter flavors and adds another level of deliciousness. “


“I always add a dollop of sour cream to my boxed macaroni and cheese when it’s time to add the packet of milk and cheese. It makes it creamier and so rich.”


“I worked at an upscale restaurant that was very well known for its cheesecake. The secret to cheesecake: Just cream cheese and marshmallow fluff mixed together and put in a graham cracker crust.”


“Use a cheese grater or microplane to grate a small amount of butter over leftovers when reheating them in the microwave. Grated butter gives whatever you reheat the perfect amount of moisture and flavor without drowning it out. in the liquid.”


“If your homemade sauces or soups seem too thin or watery, try adding instant mashed potatoes as a thickener. Since learning this trick, I’ve started keeping a box handy for lazy days or emergencies. I added too much liquid to the soup.”

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