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Best kitchen tips ever

Best kitchen tips ever
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These quick and clever kitchen hacks will change how you cook for the better.

Keep cookies soft

Keep cookies soft
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To keep cookies and other baked goods soft after baking, add a slice of store-bought white bread to an airtight container. Your cakes, cookies, and muffins will keep their day-one softness. Friends and family will think they’re fresh!

Slice potato wedges

Slice potato wedges
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Craving those scratch-made potato wedges from your favorite restaurant? The answer is waiting in your kitchen drawer. Cut one end of the potato for stability then push an apple slicer through. Add your fave seasonings. Bonus: You can try it with sweet potatoes, too.

Freeze a soup starter

Freeze a soup starter
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Want garden-fresh flavour year-round? Freeze farmers market vegetables in resealable bags during peak season. A classic soup starter called a mirepoix is made by combining 2/3 onion with 1/3 carrot and celery. This aromatic blend will give you a sweet, hearty flavour to kickstart soups and broths. Vegetables will last eight to 12 months so you can enjoy the tastes of summer when gloomy, cold weather hits.

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Use sheet pans as trays

Use sheet pans as trays
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Sheet pans: They’re not just for dinner anymore! Use your trusty baking sheet to stay organised while you meal prep. Keeping ingredients in one place helps you stay efficient and expedites cleanup, too.

Freeze single-serving sauces

Freeze single-serving sauces
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Become an upcycling master! Egg cartons are ideal for freezing small portions of homemade sauce. (Especially when you need to use your ice trays for, well, ice.) Cover and freeze leftover sauce and transfer cubes to a resealable freezer bag. To use, thaw cubes in your fridge for two hours.

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Turn wine into an instant cocktail

Turn wine into an instant cocktail
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Have a group coming over but only one bottle of rosé in the fridge? Offer up some variety by turning wine into a fun, fizzy spritzer cocktail. Simply pour wine over ice and top with sparkling water. Red and white wine work well. Add fresh fruit as a garnish if you’re feeling fancy.

Prevent bowls from slipping

Prevent bowls from slipping
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Need an extra hand? Professional chefs will tell you that a damp dishtowel under your mixing bowl will keep it from slipping and sliding on your counter as you mix. This tip works well with a cutting board too.

Chill wine super fast

Chill wine super fast
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Fact: No one likes lukewarm bubbly. Find a tall pitcher about the height of your wine bottle and get cooling. Immerse the bottle in ice water with a small handful of salt and turn every few minutes or so. Your booze will chill in 20 minutes (or less!).

Keep ice cream cool

Keep ice cream cool
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Bubble wrap is a powerful insulator. While on the road, keep your ice cream from melting by wrapping the pint in plastic bubble wrap. It’ll stay firm for hours.

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