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23 Cooking Tips To Take Advantage Of What You Already Have

Bake the ultimate cake with mayonnaise and dental floss.

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1. Keep things interesting this summer with grilled lemonade.

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Sugar-coated lemons + grilling = a caramelized delight. Get the recipe here.

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2. Keep your cookies moist with an apple wedge.

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And if you're storing them for a while, swap out the wedge for a new one. Cookie crisis averted.

3. Save Parmesan rinds to make Parmesan broth.

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If you haven't been making this, all your future soups and risotto will thank you.

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4. Cut perfect cake layers with dental floss.

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A secret from the pros. Watch how to here.

5. Use a stand mixer to shred your meat.

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Not just for baking, people. Tips on how to perfect the method here.

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6. Kick your cocktails up a notch with ~smoked ice~.

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Yup, it's a thing. Find out how to do it here.

7. Add mayonnaise to boxed cake mix.

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Don't "ewww," you won't even taste it! About 2 tablespoons will make everything extra moist and super rich.

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8. Make an adorable "mushroom" salad with eggs and tomatoes.

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AWWWWW! Quick how-to here.

9. Poach your salmon in plastic bags.

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The easiest way to seal in tons of flavor. Step-by-step guide here.

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10. Make milk foam without a fancy frother.

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All you need for that latte is a microwave and the ability to shake it.

11. Make homemade ravioli with wonton wrappers.

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So easy, so delicious. Recipe here.

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12. Sprinkle cinnamon before frying to keep oil from splattering.

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No nasty oil burns and you won't even taste the cinnamon.

13. Store plastic wrap in the freezer to make it easier to handle.

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Who knew you didn't have to loathe this clingy tangle of awful?

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14. Use vodka in your pie crust.

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The alcohol will evaporate while your pie bakes, lessening the water content in your crust, and making it flakier than you ever dreamed.

15. Use a beaded necklace for a unique pie crust.

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Make sure your extra flakey crust is also extra fancy. Check out tons of other easy ideas here.

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16. Give stale bread new life in your own oven.

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Turn that baguette's frown upside down with a little water and a few minutes in the oven. Watch how to here.

17. Ripen avocados in the oven in just 10 minutes.

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Wrap them up super tight in tin foil, crank the oven to 200ºF and you're ready. Watch how here.

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18. Turn Skittles into the most delicious sprinkles you've ever had.

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Pulverize the rainbow. Watch how to do it here.

19. Make a bowl out of caramel popcorn.

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Snack time is forever improved. Check out how to here.

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20. Make a peanut butter pocket for a drip-free PB&J.

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Encase your jelly and marvel at how non-sticky your fingers are.

21. Grate your butter.

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Use grated butter in your pastry dough so you won't have to mangle it as much. Also, perfect for toast.

22. Use a mallet AND knife to help crack tough melons.

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It may seem counter intuitive to bring yet another dangerous tool into the equation, but you can't argue with the results.

23. Freeze Cool Whip into customized marshmallows.

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Add a splash of water to Cool Whip and spread it out in a baking sheet. Freeze the pan overnight and then use cookie cutters to make adorable shapes for your ice cream, cocoa, or coffee.

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