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Does Cutting a Lemon Lengthwise Really Give You More Juice? — Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn

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The Internet is full of so-called mind-blowing tips! Even we here at The Kitchn are not immune to the lure of the mind-blowing tip: we see them, we share them, and 95 percent of the time, we immediately forget about them. But how many of these "life-changing" tips actually work? Can they survive the leap from Pinterest board to real-life kitchen? I decided to find out by putting some of the web's most intriguing, promising and potentially mind-blowing tips to the test, and I'll be sharing the results with you every week.

Up first is a tip from Gourmet that we shared last year: cutting your lemons and limes lengthwise instead of crosswise will give you way more juice. Too good to be true? Armed with a couple lemons, a kitchen scale and a citrus reamer, I decided to find out.

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Why You Shouldn’t Take a Pan Off the Stove Until It’s Clean — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

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We all have those moments in the kitchen, where we look down at a pan and realize that in the process of cooking we've created a deep, black crust on the bottom. Visions of steel wool and days of soaking flicker across our minds. But no. You shouldn't take that pan off the stove until it's already clean. What, you say. Faith, you make no sense. How can you clean a pan while it's still on the stove?

Let me show you what I mean. It's easy, and a matter of courtesy, really: don't pass on your cooking mess to the dish washer of the household (especially if that dish washer is you).

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Innovative Spice Storage Solution: Hang Drawer Organizers On Your Pantry Wall

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I admit that my spice storage is a mess right now. The bottles are not stored so much as piled together in a corner in my pantry. (Ugh.) Here's one solution that could work, though, and it's really smart: hang wire mesh drawer organizers (or pencil holders, depending on what you want to call them) on the wall!

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No-Waste Tip: Save Leftover Bean Broth for Poaching Eggs — Tips from The Kitchn

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Besides perfectly tender and flavorful beans, another big bonus of cooking dried beans from scratch is bean broth, the tasty and nutritious liquid left behind in the pot. If you're tired of using it in soups, Rancho Gordo owner and all-around bean guru Steve Sando has one surprising suggestion for extra bean broth: poach eggs in it!

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The Easiest, Cheapest Way To Make a Pour Spout For a Mason Jar

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You know that small metal spout on the top of a box of Morton Salt? After you read today's tip, you may never look at it the same way again. Why? Because that salt spout is about to become something infinitely more clever...

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Why I Made a Shopping List Template (Organized by My Trader Joe’s Layout) — Grocery Shopping Tips from The Kitchn

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For quite a while, I was a huge fan of grocery list apps — they save paper, make it easy to add items as soon as you remember them, and are simple to share with other household members. But at a certain point I realized one unavoidable fact: I hate fiddling with and staring at my phone while I shop.

So I gave up my high-tech habits and returned to the low-fi, totally nerdy grocery list template I created during my pre-smartphone days. And you know what? It's awesome.

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