There are about a trillion places you could look for cooking advice, but what better authority than your favorite celebrity chefs? So I rounded up a bunch of the most helpful tips, tricks, and advice from knowledgeable cooks like Gordon Ramsay, Ina Garten, Marcus Samuelsson, David Chang, Marcela Valladolid, and more. These are some of their best cooking hacks to improve your own skills in the kitchen.
1.For the creamiest scrambled eggs, a combination of butter and crème fraîche is key.
2.Rather than cook pasta in a big pot of boiling water, use just enough water to cover the noodles.
3.For perfectly shaped, expertly cooked meatballs, cook them in an empty egg carton.
4.Repurpose your leftovers into a totally new meal.
5.Use miso and butter in tandem to flavor your food.
6.Amp up the flavor of all your chocolate baked goods by adding coffee.
7.Cook perfect fried eggs by tipping the pan and spooning the hot oil back over the top of the eggs.
8.Use butter to mellow out the flavor when cooking with wine.
9.Finishing pretty much any dish with a touch of acid makes all the flavors shine.
10.Use nonstick pans for things like eggs and pancakes, but don't overuse them.
11.Heat store-bought corn or flour tortillas on a skillet so they taste soft and homemade.
12.Use a dish towel when cutting corn off the cob to keep those kernels from flying all over the place.
13.Always, always brine chicken to keep it moist and infuse it with flavor.
14.Freeze bread in big wedges so you always have it on hand.
15.Cook risotto with hot stock to keep it nice, starchy, and creamy.
16.After you boil noodles, save your pasta water and add a splash to your sauce.
17.When making mashed potatoes, boil the potatoes with their skin on and peel them while they're still hot.
18.Freeze homemade stock in a muffin tin or ice cube trays so you always have it on hand.
19.Use lasagna sheets whenever you're making pasta...not just for lasagna.
20.If you're out of oil or butter (or just want to mix things up), cook your steak in mayonnaise.
21.Oh, and while you're at it, add mayo to your scrambled eggs to make them delightfully creamy.
22.For the most vibrant and flavorful guacamole, chopped mangoes and a drizzle of chili oil will do the trick.
23.Quickly peel a whole head of garlic by smashing it and shaking it between two bowls.
24.Prolong the life of fresh herbs by steeping them in honey.
25.When breaking down a whole chicken, make sure it's as cold as possible.
26.To make chewy chocolate chip cookies, use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour.
27.Make a thumbprint in the center of your burger patty so it cooks evenly.
What's the most helpful cooking tip you know? Tell us in the comments below!