Before cutting dried fruits, spray a thin film of cooking spray onto blade of knife to prevent sticking. • Place a couple of cloves of garlic in the center of a round...

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Before cutting dried fruits, spray a thin film of cooking spray onto blade of knife to prevent sticking.

Place a couple of cloves of garlic in the center of a round rubber jar opener, fold over and roll the cloves to remove papery skins.

Before placing in a pan, wrap bay leaves or sprigs of fresh herbs in a disposable coffee filter. Fold over top and tie opposite end with kitchen string, catching stems of herbs as you do. Whole spices such as peppercorns or cloves can be placed in a mesh tea ball for easy retrieval.

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If your V-rack slips around in the roasting pan, secure it by wrapping 2 ropes of twisted aluminum foil onto each end of rack base. Feed the free ends of ropes through the pan handles and twist them to fasten around the handles.


From “365 Quick Tips” by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine.