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12 simple cooking hacks everyone should know

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If you're an amateur in the kitchen, meal preparation can be a slow process. But there are plenty of hacks that can make the process faster and more efficient.

Business Insider consulted America's Test Kitchen, a professional culinary organization that's home to 50 food experts and also produces the popular cooking show of the same name.

Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison, culinary scientists at America's Test Kitchen and the hosts of the TV show's 2017 season, gave us a few cooking tips that they say can help anyone save time and avoid mess.

Check them out.

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Hold tomatoes in place to slice a bunch at once.

Cutting grape or cherry tomatoes in half is a pretty slow task. Instead, try putting a bunch of them between two small plastic container lids, and then slicing horizontally through the opening, Lancaster says. Of course, this trick requires ripe (unmushy) tomatoes and a very sharp knife. 



Wash and dry herbs with a salad spinner.

Instead of rinsing off a few parsley sprigs at a time, wash the bunch in a salad spinnerLancaster says. After the water drains, spin the whole bunch again to dry them.



Par-freeze slippery raw chicken.

Put chicken in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up the meat before you start working with it. This will make it much easier to cut it into thin slices, Lancaster says.



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