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10 Cooking Secrets, Revealed!

Ever wondered how to ripen an avocado, stop brown sugar clumping or stop your eyes from watering after cutting onions? We've gathered up 10 common cooking problems and how to solve them.

Follow Kambrook's Home Economist Cassandra Heneghan's top tricks and tips:

1) After chopping garlic and onion, rub your fingers with a stainless steel spoon. The smell disappears.

2) To ripen an avocado or peach, place it into a brown paper bag with a banana.

3) When storing appliances that have sealed lids, chuck in a pinch of salt to stop them from developing an odour.

4) If you find yourself with left over wine after a dinner party, freeze it and defrost when making risotto.

5) When marinating meat, add a teaspoon of white vinegar. This tenderises and can help to defrost if the meat is frozen.

6) To remove those nasty stains that develop of silver cutlery, rub them with a little bit of toothpaste.

7) To stop your brown sugar clumping, add a small terracotta pot to your storage container.

8) To remove caroteine stains off clear plastic, rub with white bread.

9) If you add too much salt to your curry, throw in a peeled potato. The potato will absorb the salt.

10) To save your tears, place your onions in the freezer for 5 minutes before cutting.

For more of Cassie's cooking tips and recipes, check out her blog at


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