Even if you love to cook, there are always more things to learn. There are tons of different techniques and ways to cook the same thing. Learning from another chef can help you gain handy tricks to speed up or improve your skills. Whether you’re already an amazing cook or just starting out, these 10 hacks will help you up your kitchen game.

    1. Keeping Your Herbs Fresh: The best way to make your herbs last is to wrap them in a paper towel and then a plastic baggie. This will help them stay crisp longer.
    2. Hold Onto Scraps: A lot of food scraps can be used to make a delicious broth. Things like herb stems, the ends of carrots and zucchinis, and even bones can be used. If you’re not ready to make a broth just yet, keep them in a bag and freeze them.
    3. Keeping Your Cutting Board Clean: The best way to clean wooden cutting boards is actually to use salt and lemon. Sprinkle the salt over the board and use a half of a lemon, like a sponge, to scrub. Let it sit and then scrub off the liquid with a damp towel or cloth.
    4. Get More Juice From Lemons/Limes: To ensure you get all the juice out from either a lemon or lime, keep them in the fridge. Then right before you juice them, put them in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds.
    5. Egg Tricks: When it comes to cooking eggs, there are lots of useful tricks. Let’s start with a hack for hard-boiled eggs: The easiest way to remove the shell is to place the boiled egg in a jar of water. Shake the jar, and the shell will come right off. If you’re looking to create a great fried egg, pour some water into the pan while the eggs are cooking and cover. Give it about 30 seconds to a minute, and your eggs will be perfect.
    6. Toasting Nuts: Popping nuts and seeds in the oven for a few minutes will help bring out the flavor.
    7. Cooking Fish on the Grill: Fish easily sticks to the grill causing a massive headache to clean it up. Instead, cook up the fish on top of a bed of sliced lemons. Not only will this back it with fantastic flavor, but it will make the clean up a bit easier.
    8. Ice Cube Hamburger Trick: An excellent way to keep your hamburger patty from drying out is to put an ice cube in the middle of it.
    9. Prevent Microwave Dryness: If you’re heating up something in the microwave but don’t want it to dry out, place a cup of water near it. This moisture will help preserve your food’s integrity.
    10. Use Good Kitchen Equipment: This may not sound like a hack, but it’s super important to use the right gear for the job. This is not only to make sure your food is adequately cooked but for your safety as well. For example, if you’re cooking fish at home, use a fish spatula to prevent it from falling apart. If you’re looking to get magnificent slices, then try a mandoline. Always make sure your knives and peelers are sharp to avoid injuries. Pro Tip: Purchase them from a restaurant supply store to save some money and get a quality product.