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Avoid Bitter Cucumbers By Cutting Off Their Ends Before You Peel

Cucumbers can be bitter, and that’s because of cucurbitacin: A compound found in a number of other plants, like squash and pumpkins. In cucumbers, cucurbitacin concentrations are high at the ends of the cucumber, so chopping off those ends will curb a lot of the bitterness. You can take this one step further by peeling the cucumber first.


Transform Leftover Fried Chicken Into A Super Flavourful Salad

Poached chicken is usually the star of the chicken salad, but Lucky Peach has a recipe that uses cold, leftover fried chicken to make a super simple, tasty salad. (Extra credit if that chicken is KFC; all that MSG means umami-packed goodness.)


Top 10 Seemingly Risky Things You Can Totally Do Yourself

Some things in life — such as fixing your own car or DIY home improvements — might appear dangerous or risky, especially if you’ve never done them before or you tend to err on the side of caution. They also might be more doable than they look. Here are ten daunting things you probably likely can handle on your own.


An Easy Way To Make Oats In The Microwave Without It Exploding

I like to microwave oats for a quick meal, but I used to get so frustrated when my microwave made my oats overflow like a Year 3 science experiment. Then I discovered a life-changing way to prevent a mushy mess in the microwave: All I had to do was switch the power setting.


These Practical Uses For A Whipping Siphon Go Way Beyond Whipped Cream

Whipping siphons tools that seem best for fancy restaurant chefs. I appreciate everything you can do with them, but I’m not topping my weeknight dinner with a smoked salmon espuma. I’m interested in how it can help me speed things up, particularly infusions. Here’s are some clever ways you can put one to use at home.


Three Different Ways To Slice Shallots, Depending On What You're Cooking

Shallots are delicious in lots of things, but getting the best flavour and presentation from them demands you learn to slice them a little differently depending on what you’re making. This video, posted to Instagram by Food52, shows you three different slicing methods, and the dishes each is best for.


Brine Corn Before Grilling For Tender Ears And A Ton Of Flavour

A quick bath in a brine — just salt and water — before your corn hits the grill can vastly improve its texture and flavour, which is saying a lot, since grilled corn is already delicious.


The Easiest Way To Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese At Home

The creamy texture of ricotta cheese makes it perfect for lasagna, flavorful toast, and even dips. Here’s a super simple way to make it at home with ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen.


Supercharge Your Veggie Burger By Giving It The Chicken Parm Treatment

Veggie burgers make for a quick and easy meat-free meal, but they can be a little underwhelming in the flavour department. To give them some extra oomph, consider parming it up.


Season Eggs Before Cooking For A More Tender, Fluffy Scramble

Scrambled eggs can either be fluffy and fantastic or sad and rubbery. To make sure they stay on the tender side of things, Cook’s Illustrated recommends whisking in salt before the eggs even touch the pan.


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