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To clean egg covered utensils, first rinse them with cold water and then wash with hot water and soap. Otherwise, the egg mixture will be "cooked" making it hard to clean.
To boil milk, first put some water into the pan and then add milk. This way it will not stick to the bottom.
When grilling meat avoid using a fork to turn it around. Use a tong, since if you prick it, it will lose its juices and become dry.
Avoid cooking yogurt to temperature above 110 degrees, since it will loose its nutrients and possibly curdle.
To avoid curdling of homemade mayonnaise, make sure to keep steady thin stream of olive oil, while mixing.
To help bread rise, add 1 teaspoon vinegar for every 2 1/2 cups of flour into the homemade bread dough. Make sure to decrease according to other fluids in the recipe.
To easily cube onion, place it in fridge for 30 minutes, prior to cutting.
When slicing soft cheeses, try puting them in an egg cutter, or slice them using non flavored dental floss, to avoid sticking.
After slicing eggplants, place in a strainer, sprinkle with salt and leave them for 30 minutes, to extract liquids which carry the bitter flavor. Rinse before use.
Keep in the freezer left over finely chopped parsley or dill instead of throwing away. Thaw for 5 minutes before using next time.