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16 Pro Chefs Share Restaurant-Level Cooking Tricks You Can Use At Home

Learn from the pros.

1. Don't throw away herb stems. Instead, add them to stews, broths, and soups for more flavor.

2. For more flavor, finish up your dishes with a splash of acid.

3. And don't forget to salt along the way — *not* just at the beginning and end.

4. Double-fry your chicken to make it extra crispy.

5. Swap out brown sugar for unrefined muscovado sugar in your baked goods.

6. The secret ingredient for incredibly flavorful grilled meats? Fish sauce.

7. Add a pinch of salt to your coffee grounds to make them less bitter.

8. Freeze homemade stock to use in future dishes.

9. Have some herbs that are about to go bad? Steep them in honey.

10. If you're out of oil or butter to cook your steak, use mayo.

11. For perfect boiled potatoes, start them off in cold water, not boiling water.

12. Secure your cutting board with a wet towel.

13. For super creamy and decadent scrambled eggs, cook them in a double boiler.

14. Rinse your rice before you cook it.

15. Use toasted nuts and seeds as a garnish on your dishes.

16. To make perfect poached eggs, pre-boil the eggs in their shell for a few seconds.