04/16/2014 02:41 pm ET Updated Jun 16, 2014

The Best Cooking Tricks We've Picked up Over the Years

People don't just wake up one day and know how to cook. Like any other skill, cooking is a learning process. Whether it's cooking your way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking, watching cooking shows on TV, or observing professionals, you slowly collect an arsenal of skills and tricks for making better food. But everyone has that linchpin technique, trick, or tool that instantly changed the way they approach food. Here are 15 of our staff's aha! moments.

The Best Cooking Tricks We've Picked Up Over the Years

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