Alright, alright. Perhaps the road to becoming a culinary master or Top Chef is a little bit harder than just listening to us, but I happen to think that taking the advice of others into consideration is certainly the first step.

Whether you love cooking or abhor it, being influenced by others in addition to practice, practice, practice is really the only way to start feeling comfortable in front of a stove or cutting board.

When I first started cooking, I would follow recipes to a T and freak out even if I had gotten an ingredient measurement off by even an eighth of a cup, or didn’t slice things in perfect increments. With time, I’ve come to know that kitchen hacks and freestyling is what really makes you a great cook – not just following a recipe word for word.

That’s why this Kit Stone infographic easy cooking hacks is so important. Don’t worry if it doesn’t all come naturally to you. I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as a bad cookjust one that is out of practice. It really does take experimentation and soon you will be whipping up recipes you didn’t know you could understand (what is “bechamel”, anyways) or making your own recipes and modifying them to your taste.

Take a look at the tips below and include them into  your cooking regimen. Better yet, why not print this out and hang it up on your fridge so you don’t forget.

BRB, that’s what we’re about to do because when it comes to cooking, we’re ALWAYS learning something new. Dental floss to cut cheese? Putting a wooden spoon over a boiling pot to prevent it from flowing over? Who would have thought!

cooking hacksImage via Kit Stone

What food hacks do you know of?