12 cooking tricks every millennial should know


There comes a time in every young person's life when Seamless just won't cut it anymore. A time when that little voice inside your head (the one that sounds inexplicably like your mom's), urges you to eat better, cook more and stop microwaving cheese on a tortilla and calling it dinner.

Whenever that moment of epiphany hits, your kitchen will be waiting with open arms, ready for you to experiment, succeed and fail in your quest for culinary competence. Luckily, improving your cooking skills doesn't have to be a daunting task. In addition to providing you with the basics, we've got a few tricks up our sleeves for making your first foray into home cooking a little easier.

Here are 12 genius cooking hacks everyone—both the young and young at heart—needs to master:

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1. The Best Way to Reheat Pizza

We hate to say it, but it's high time you broke up with your microwave. You deserve better than soggy leftover pizza, and this stovetop hack will get you there.

2. How to Brown Butter

Butter, especially browned butter, is simply amazing, and don't let any fad diet tell you differently.

3. The Fastest Way to Destem Kale

Come on, you're millennials! You love kale.

4. The Easiest Way to Grate Soft Cheese

We know you're still passionately in love with fresh mozzarella, and freezing before grating will deepen your everlasting bond.

5. The Difference Between White and Brown Eggs

White chickens produce white eggs; brown chickens produce brown. We know, mind blown.

6. How to Immediately Soften an Avocado

Real adults shouldn't have to wait a week for their avocado toast. Try sticking your favorite good-fat source in the oven for a few minutes. You're welcome.

8. The Easiest Steak Marinade Ever

Rub creamy, fatty mayo all over your steak and thank us later.

9. The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic

Crush it with the side of your knife like they do on Chopped and feel like, well, you're on Chopped.

10. How to Keep Food from Sticking to the Pan

Monitoring your pan's temperature could save you from a lot of stubborn scrubbing later on. (Although, you'll no longer be able to use the excuse of "letting it soak" before actually committing to washing it.)

11. How to Get Really Crispy Chicken Skin

Simply dry your chicken skin before roasting and watch your friends drool in amazement when you cut into that perfectly crisp party bird.

12. How to Properly Decorate a Cake

Mastering the crumb coat is the key to the absolute best homemade birthday/promotion/break-up cake you've ever baked.

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