Fresh basil keeps much better and longer at room temperature with the stems in water.
To optimize the juice you get from a lemon or lime, roll it hard under your palm for a minute before juicing or microwave it for 10 to 15 seconds.
Dip vegetables in icy cold water after blanching them so that they retain the bright colour.
After working with garlic, rub your hands vigorously on your stainless steel sink for 30 seconds before washing them. It will remove the odor.
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