1. Soak the onions in water for about 10 minutes before chopping to avoid tears.

2. For peeling garlic easily, separate the cloves and soak it in water for 15 minutes. Another option is to put the cloves in a closed jar and shake vigorously for a minute. Most of the skin comes loose and the rest can be removed easily.

3. For chopping dry fruits, freeze them for an hour before cutting. This is also true for meat and processed meat like bacon etc.

4. Do not wash the mushrooms with water as it will absorb the water. Clean it with a damp cloth instead. This way the preparations will not be soggy.

5. To peel the skin of almonds, tomatoes or peaches, simply soak in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. The skin can be easily removed.

6. To remove the corn from its cub, hold it straight with one end on the bottom of a big vessel. Then strip the corn with a knife. This will prevent messing up of the entire place.

7. When cutting raw banana, potatoes or eggplant, soak it in water to avoid discoloration. Similarly, to prevent apples, avocados, bananas or peaches from browning, add lemon juice.

8. Before grating cheese, apply some oil in the grater to prevent it from sticking. Also, spray the cup with oil before measuring honey so that it comes out fully without sticking.

9. While adding curd to gravies or biryani, beat it nicely and reduce the temperature before adding.

10. Wash the rice thoroughly until the water runs clear so that the excess starch gets drained away and the rice is not very sticky after cooking.

11. When frying, the oil should be in the correct temperature. If its too hot, the outside will get browned up too quickly before the inside gets cooked. If its not hot enough, the fried food will absorb too much oil before getting cooked.

12. Choose any oil with neutral flavor like vegetable oil, refined sunflower oil etc. for frying. Oils with strong flavor like olive oil or coconut oil will change the taste of the fried food.


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