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23 Surprising Cooking Tips You Learn at Culinary School

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21. Cooking bacon in the oven

Cooking bacon in the oven is less messy than cooking it in a pan. It’s a cleaner and easier method as you don’t have to stand over a hot stove dodging sputtering grease. You can also cook a lot of bacon at once and it will be more consistent.

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22. Bringing meat to room temperature

If you want meat to cook evenly from the edges to the center, you have to let it sit out at room temperature before cooking. This is especially true for thick cuts of meat like big pork chops, turkey, or steak.

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23. Mise en place

This is not so much a cooking tip as it is a pre-cooking one. “Mise en place” simply means putting everything in one place before starting to cook. Being organized is helpful as you clearly see what you have and what you may need. It makes for a less stressful experience. Often when you’re not fully prepared, you find yourself scrambling to get ingredients you’ve missed.

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