01/14/2014 06:04 pm ET | Updated Mar 16, 2014

14 Ways to Be a Better Baker in 2014

Every week on Food52, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 -- with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.

Today: Alice's tips are going to help you to be a better baker in 2014 -- and along the way, you're going to save time, save money, and eat more chocolate, too. 

It's hard to resist the temptation to make New Year's resolutions. Next year, you'll eat more greens, wake up to see the sunrise, spend more time visiting family, and keep up with the news. But hey, that sounds eerily similar to what you were going to do this year, doesn't it?

Finally, we've come up with a resolution you can keep: in 2014, you're going to be a better baker. With a little help from baking expert Alice Medrich, you're going to make the best whipped cream of your life. You're going to bake cookies in big batches without getting frustrated. You're even going to melt white chocolate without scorching it

Along the way, you're going to save time, save money (and splurge on what counts), and eat more chocolate. Because who says eat more chocolate can't be a legitimate New Year's resolution? 

Save time.

  • Don't spend time clarifying butter on the stovetop -- check out Alice's easier, microwave-friendly method instead.
  • Try this super fast technique for drying whisks and strainers.
  • Save money.

  • Follow Alice's three rules for baking with nuts, then pocket the extra money and buy something nice.  
    • Make your own fluffy, airy nut flour at home with this one trick.

  • Get the most out of your parchment paper and buy it less frequently.
  • Splurge where it counts. 

  • The key to better whipped cream is using heavy whipping cream with only one ingredient: cream. Go ahead and buy the real stuff.
  • Eat more chocolate.

  • Give white chocolate the attention it deserves.
  • Photos by James Ransom

    What are your best baking tips? Share them with us in the comments below! 

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