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Learn how to make the most of vegetarian ingredients, plus check out our helpful cooking tips and suggestions for kitchen tool essentials.

Veg Cooking Tip # 1: Steam greens as you cook grains.

Consider investing in a high-quality knife or two, and then take good care of them. According to Jeffrey Elliot and James P. DeWan, authors of Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills, a good knife should be cleaned and dried by hand directly after use and kept in a sheath, knife tray, knife block, or on a magnetic wall mount.

Derived from the French “vinaigre” (meaning aged wine), vinegar is a staple in most pantries worldwide. With dozens of varieties readily available, you can use your favorite type to elevate nearly any meal - by creating marinades, emulsifying vinaigrettes, seasoning dishes to brighten flavors, or even making reductions.

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Need the perfect gift for a friend, but can't go too high-end? Check out the Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker, which gives you control over crispness. $99; cuisinart.com

Pasta is a staple of many households all over the world and has been for decades. It is loved for its versatility, ease of cooking, and long shelf life. But, the days of one-size-fits-all pasta are long gone. As anyone who has walked through the supermarket pasta aisle in the recent years knows, there are many brands, styles and shapes now available, and they all have slightly differing flavors and textures.

 

Watch this video to learn how to peel and cut a mango like a pro. Practice this chef's trick by making our Brazilian Black Bean Stew. No time to shop? Get the ingredients for this recipe delivered right to your kitchen from Chef'd!

Skip the juice bar! You can whip up your own cool, refreshing drinks at home with these easy-to-use juicers.

Splurge Serious about juicing? The Kuvings B6000 Whole Slow Juicer gets more of the good stuff from whole fruits and veggies by crushing and pressing them. $429.95; kuvingsusa.com

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