14 Ways to Be a Better Baker

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Along the way, you're going to save time, save money (and splurge on what counts), and eat more chocolate.

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Save Time

Throw away your sifter! Or act more reasonably and only sift when it's really necessary.

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Save Time

Don't spend time clarifying butter on the stovetop -- check out Alice's easier, microwave-friendly method instead.

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Save Time

Try this super fast technique for drying whisks and strainers.

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Save Time

Make a bright, fresh lemon curd without separating any eggs.

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Save Time

Whip cream ahead of time.

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Save Money

Instead of shelling out money for pricey balsamic, make a less expensive homemade version that will taste like a million bucks.

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Save Money

Follow Alice's three rules for baking with nuts, then pocket the extra money and buy something nice.

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Save Money

Make your own fluffy, airy nut flour at home with this one trick. Splurge where it counts.

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Save Money

Get the most out of your parchment paper and buy it less frequently.

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Splurge Where It Counts

Buy pre-cut parchment paper rounds and sheets and stop wrestling with those nasty rolls.

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Splurge Where It Counts

The key to better whipped cream is using heavy whipping cream with only one ingredient: cream. Go ahead and buy the real stuff.

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Eat More Chocolate

Let no ice cream go un-sauced.

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Eat More Chocolate

Decorate your sugar cookies with pure melted chocolate.

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Eat More Chocolate

Give white chocolate the attention it deserves.

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This year, you're going to be a better baker. With a little help from baking expert Alice Medrich, you're going to make the best whipped cream of your life. You're going to bake cookies in big batches without getting frustrated. You're even going to melt white chocolate without scorching it.

Check out the slideshow above for tips to improve baking technique.

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This article originally appeared on Food52.com: 14 Ways to Be a Better Baker in 2014

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