12 Easy and Effective Culinary Tips Revealed by a Master Chef

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Some of us find real pleasure in preparing varied and complicated dishes. Others consider cooking an unavoidable everyday routine.

The Bright Side team feels certain that any person can become a true culinary virtuoso in his or her kitchen — especially with the help of this collection of useful tips!

1. Adding milk and salt to keep your cauliflower white

The cooking process makes cauliflower acquire a grayish tint which can spoil the look of the finished dish. To avoid this, add a few drops of milk and a pinch of salt to the boiling water. This will help your cauliflower retain its whiteness.

2. Keeping boiled and stewed vegetables from losing their color

Make sure that your vegetables stay vibrant and mouthwatering even in their boiled, stewed, or fried state by dipping them in ice-cold water immediately after cooking.

3. Using salt to improve your sweet pastries

Half a teaspoon of salt added to your sweet dough won’t spoil the dessert. On the contrary — a modicum of finely ground salt will help to bring out the taste of all the other ingredients (such as herbs, etc).

4. Replacing ice cubes with frozen grapes

Gradually melting ice cubes can dilute the taste of wine. To prevent this, use frozen grapes instead! They’ll do a great job at cooling your drink without altering its palate. This solution works for any type of beverage — simply add frozen grapes or fruit according to your taste.

5. Preparing ideal crumbly rice

All too often, cooking makes rice turn into a runny gruel. If you want to prevent this from happening, cover the saucepan with an ordinary kitchen towel immediately after turning off the heat. The towel will absorb excess moisture, leaving your rice dish deliciously crumbly. Learn more about this simple and ingenious trick!

6. Getting more juice from lemons or limes

To get some extra juice, put a fresh lemon or lime into the microwave. Set it to maximum heat, and leave the fruit inside for 10-20 seconds. Remove the fruit from the microwave, and slice it into 6 halves using a well-sharpened kitchen knife. Squeeze out the juice — there should be a lot more of it than usual!

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