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A Station-by-Station Guide to Becoming a Kitchen Pro. If used correctly, wood cutting boards are actually just as safe if not safer for meat than plastic.

A Station-by-Station Guide to Becoming a Kitchen Pro

Some woods are naturally anti-microbial so if your knife is properly sharpened, any bacteria you can't rinse off will die on the wood anyways (it can't reproduce if you treat your board right). This only works if you know to properly oil the wood enough and again, you aren't damaging the board when you chop (again, learn to use and sharpen your knives). I use a wood board for all kinds of meat and I have never gotten sick from my own cooking, ever. [] Also, if you bake, do not turn off your oven early. A lot of these tips may save you a few cents, but they are not for people who like good food. The Stupid Things You Do in the Kitchen (and How to Fix Them)

Love cooking or hate it, much of your time in the kitchen is likely wasted by easily correctable mistakes you probably don't even know you're making.

The Stupid Things You Do in the Kitchen (and How to Fix Them)

You waste time prepping ingredients, use your knives incorrectly, mix and match the wrong utensils, and throw out food that's still good—and those are just a few of the stupid things you do in the kitchen. Here's how to fix them. P Stupid Thing #1: You Spend Too Much Time Prepping IngredientsP Few people enjoy the tedium of prepping ingredients. Say you're cutting a bunch of carrots into sticks; it doesn't make sense to trim, peel, and slice each one individually.

It also helps to use two bowls—one for scraps and one for cleaning—so you don't make a mess during the preparation process. These are all great ways to save you time and keep you organized, but a few common ingredients have tricks all their own. Stupid Thing #2: You Use Your Knives WrongP The easiest issue to correct is a dull blade, and it's one of the most important. Top 10 Crazy Kitchen Tricks That Speed Up Your Cooking. I would like to add that the wider the ring, the easier it seems to be.

Top 10 Crazy Kitchen Tricks That Speed Up Your Cooking

I had a titanium ring more than twice the width of the one shown in the video and it was easy as hell. My wedding ring (which is about the same size as the one in your linked video) still works, but takes more effort and can hurt if I don't leverage it JUST right. I would also like to echo the sentiments of not using your wedding ring (At least in view of your significant other).

The one time I got caught doing it, my wife was PISSED. Yea, definitely the wider the ring the better. I usually just use another bottle of unopened beer. Kitchen gear News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker. What 'Brain Food' Actually Does for Your Brain. "it's just a chemical dosage that goes from your mouth to your brain" - sorry, but that is completely misleading, and in an article purporting to explain how food interacts with the brain, is downright false.

What 'Brain Food' Actually Does for Your Brain

It also ignores information given by the sources you actually quote. Neurotransmitters, with a few exceptions, are composed of protein-like molecules which are digested and absorbed by the gut like any other protein. Glutamate, for example, is the most widely used neurotransmitter in the brain, and is the same glutamate which we find in monosodium glutamate. If food was "a chemical dosage that goes from your mouth to your brain", eating a sprinkling of MSG would give you a full blown epileptic seizure, which it clearly does not.

A large component of Vegemite, for example, is glutamate, which makes it tasty, but doesn't provoke large scale seizures by entering the brain. Even then, to enter the brain it's necessary to pass through another, more stringent selection system. Budget Kitchen Upgrades for Every Kitchen that Will Change the Way You Cook (and Eat!) When a professional chef refers to heating evenly, he is talking about after food is added to the pan (ie heating food evenly not the metal).

Budget Kitchen Upgrades for Every Kitchen that Will Change the Way You Cook (and Eat!)

Aluminum, copper, and steel all will have hot and cold spots after food is added since they do not retain heat well. And if you are talking about quality metal cookware (which if you aren't your point is moot...) then cast iron is the clear winner in heat distribution and retention both. If you have experienced problems in the past you probably are one of those inexperienced home cooks who just puts their pans on the stove and begins to cook when the temperature is high enough. Cast iron requires more heat control and time, but by the immutable laws of physics, their surface temperature will become even and uniform. There is a reason why bread and some cakes are baked in a cast iron pan and none are baked in anything else from the top of the stove.

EatingWell: 10 Bad Cooking Habits You Should Break. By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine Some habits can be tough to break.

EatingWell: 10 Bad Cooking Habits You Should Break

When it comes to cooking, you may have some bad habits that you’re not even aware of. Some may be keeping your meal just short of reaching perfection while others may actually be hazardous to your health. Below are 10 common bad cooking habits that you should break: 1. Don’t Miss: The 2 Best Oils for Cooking (and 2 to Skip) 2. 3. 4. 5. Related: 5 Things in Your Kitchen That Could Be Making You Sick 6.

Related: 3 Health Reasons to Cook with Cast Iron 7. Don't Miss: 7 Simple Ways to Detox Your Diet and Kitchen 8. 9. 10. Must-Read: How to Break 4 More Bad Cooking Habits What bad cooking habits do you need to break? By Hilary Meyer, EatingWell Associate Food Editor EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. More from EatingWell: 10+ Dishes and Drinks Everyone Should Know How to Make At Home (Including You)

And if you're a vegetarian and don't drink, that narrows it down to like three.

10+ Dishes and Drinks Everyone Should Know How to Make At Home (Including You)

On a different note, I used to date a girl once who didn't know how to make hard-boiled eggs. Seriously. And no she was not 12. confused. If you're a vegetarian and don't drink, I count Roasted Garlic, Spaghetti Sauce, Basmati Rice, Tomato Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Fried Eggs, Lentils, Mashed Potatoes, Beans, Guacamole, Romaine Salad (omit bacon.) Let's say you're vegan and not vegetarian. On a different note, that's unfortunate for her. What is this, chase jethro1138 around gawker and give him crap for exaggerating or doing whatever the opposite of exaggerating is that I just did? That said, I also hate rice so count that one out. On the different note, I have no idea if she's better but I somehow doubt it.

Tips for a Better Solo Lunch Cooking for One. How to Order Wine at a Restaurant Without Looking Clueless. How To Make Your Own Frozen Wraps Freezer Friendly. I used to walk the freezer aisle in envy of all of those perfectly engineered frozen burritos.

How To Make Your Own Frozen Wraps Freezer Friendly

How did they managed to get everything in there in so it doesn't overcook when reheated? And sealed in with just a thin plastic wrapper? Well, I dare say I've conquered it. A number of tips will help you create your own fresh freezer fare, too! • Proper freezing: I freeze wraps using three freezing tools. . • Key Ingredients: When making wraps to reheat, I find that they need at least a little cheese, especially if they're filled with vegetables. . • Reheating Gently: Let your wraps thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at least for a few hours before reheating. What are your favorite wraps to freeze? Related: Lunch Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto (Images: Stephanie Barlow)