While some of us meal prep by grocery shopping every week on a tight schedule and cooking carefully planned out dinners in bulk, many of us live on the edge when it comes to being an amateur chef. Reckless spice use, starting a meal with absolutely no plan or goal in mind, cooking with the stove heat far too high and watching as everything splashes all over the countertops--preparing food is a skill not everyone possesses.
Luckily for those of us who aren't gifted with a natural balance and grace with nothing but a recipe and a daunting ingredient list, cooking experts are here to help. Step one: don't volunteer yourself to host Thanksgiving if the only thing you know how to make is midnight pasta and wine straight from the bottle (and the discount bin). So, when a Reddit user asked strangers of the internet, "What is your best cooking tip?" people were ready to reveal their favorite chef's hack or kitchen secret. Remember: the only reason for crying while cooking is if somebody's chopping onions and you're listening to Taylor Swift's ten minute heartbreak song.