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The Delicious Dozen: 12 Kitchen Tricks You Need To Know

08/25/2016 07:55 EDT | Updated 08/25/2016 07:59 EDT
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Everyone has a kitchen secret or two. There's the aunt who won't share her meatball recipe for fear that someone will make it better than her. There's the grandmother who gives her apple pie recipe but omits the apples. Then, there's the friend who makes it all look so effortless, masterfully balancing it all while putting out a jaw-dropping spread.

Well, lucky for y'all, we here at Bite Me More can't keep a secret. Not only are we spilling the beans on all the tricks that'll make you look good in the kitchen and sharing tips that'll save you time, money and last minute trips to the grocery store, but we're also dishing up some of our favourite foolproof recipes.

Kitchen Tips & Tricks You're Going to Want to Share

AVOCADO

To check for ripeness, flick off the stem - if it flicks off easily and the flesh is green underneath, it's ripe.

Green Goddess Quinoa Salad

When we're told to "Think Green," we immediately flash to this incredible Green Goddess Quinoa Salad recipe. Protein-packed quinoa, mixed with edamame and kale, is tossed in a creamy avocado and fresh herb dressing.

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BACON

Bake it big batch style and mess-free like restaurants do. For crispy bacon, line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place a wire rack on the pan so the bacon doesn't sit in fat. Place a single layer of bacon on the rack and bake at 375ºF for approximately 15-20 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through cooking time.

BLT Salad

When is a salad like a sandwich? When it's this deconstructed BLT Salad recipe, a bowl of homemade crunchy croutons, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado, tossed in a creamy basil dressing.

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BAKING

Dust raisins, chocolate chips and blueberries with flour to keep them from sinking in cake batter.

The Best Blueberry Muffins

What makes these blueberry muffins the best? Is it that they're easy to make? Yes. Or that they have a golden crust with a warm, plump blueberry interior? Yes. Or, is it the delectable, lick-your-fingers crumble that tops the muffins? Yes. Yes. Yes.

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BUTTER

To soften butter quickly, put very hot water in a water glass. Empty it out and turn it upside down over butter to soften without melting.

Cookie Dough Fudge Brownies

Grab a giant glass of milk because you're about to have the sugar rush of a lifetime when you dig into these rich chocolate brownies that are topped with soft chocolate-chip cookie dough.

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BUTTERMILK

Make your own buttermilk by combining 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar with 1 cup of milk. Let sit 5 minutes then whisk.

Graham Cracker Pancakes with Cheesecake & Blueberries

These moist and easy homemade pancakes are topped with a creamy brown sugar and cinnamon cheesecake spread and mounded high with lemon glazed blueberries.

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FRENCH FRIES

Soak cut potatoes for at least 30 minutes before cooking them to leach out starch and get a crisp exterior and soft/creamy interior. You can soak them up to 12 hours before cooking.

The Best Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These oven-baked Sweet Potato Fries, creamy-yet-crisp-baked French fries that have been tossed in a Tex Mex seasoning, are super satisfying, especially when dunked in this creamy lemon dip!

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GINGER

Remove the thin peel on the ginger by scraping it with a small spoon - it's easier than a knife around bumpy parts.

Asian Beef & Noodle Stir Fry

We've got a fast and fantastic Asian Beef & Noodle Stir Fry that's got all the flavour and none of the fat! Lean flank steak is marinated for 20 minutes in a sweet and savoury combination and then is stir-fried in a homemade sauce along with sugar snap peas, carrots and onions.

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LEMONS

You'll get more juice from your lemon if you microwave it for 30 seconds and then roll it on the counter before squeezing. One lemon should give you 3-4 tablespoons of juice.

Mom's Lemon Chicken

This chicken is marinated in white wine and lemon juice, or that it's topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar or, it could be because it's baked in a citrus broth mixture to juicy perfection.

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FRUIT

Stay healthy by scrubbing melons, avocados, pineapples and kiwis before cutting them - bugs and bacteria can be on the skin and in crevices, and fruit is frequently handled.

Watermelon & Arugula Salad

The sweet and juicy fruit is also perfect in salads, especially in this fresh and fantastic Watermelon and Arugula Salad, a tasty combination of watermelon chunks, creamy goat cheese, peppery arugula and honey-roasted walnuts, all tossed in a zingy citrus dressing.

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NUTS

Keep your nuts in the cold - stored in the refrigerator, they will last up to 9 months and in the freezer, up to 2 years.

Maple Spiced Nuts

These roasted sweet (thanks to maple syrup) and spicy (cayenne pepper) mixed nuts are the perfect snack.

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ONIONS

When slicing onions, either wear onion goggles or chill the onion for 30 minutes before cutting - the fumes in onions that makes you cry won't react with the air as quickly when cold.

French Onion Soup

Spoon after spoon of rich beef broth, sweet caramelized onions, gooey Gruyère and crusty bread, and you too will ditch your chic chapeau in favor of this magnifique bistro classic.

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SHRIMP

Buy frozen shrimp - most shrimp is frozen soon after being caught so you're better off buying frozen than thawed at market - you don't know how long it has been sitting thawed and shrimp is a highly perishable item.

Shrimp & Tofu Peanut Butter Noodles

Sweet and salty, this Peanut and Hoisin Sauce coats udon noodles, shrimp, tofu and veggies, making this a winning dish.

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