1. Avoid clumpy rice by rinsing it before cooking.
Place your uncooked rice in a sieve or mesh colander and run under cold water until it runs clear. This will remove a lot of unnecessary starch from the rice, which can cause it to stick and clump together. You’ll get fluffy rice every time.
2. Speaking of rice, freeze leftovers to always have a batch on hand.
After you make a big batch of rice, freeze it in multiple microwave-safe containers. Once you’re ready for rice again, sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of water over the rice and cover with dampened paper towels. Pop it in the microwave on high for 1-3 minutes before fluffing. Repeat until the rice is fully hot.
3. Toss a pinch of salt onto a cutting board when chopping herbs.
The friction and weight of the salt will keep the herbs from sticking to your knife and getting all over the board.
4. Get more juice from a lemon by microwaving it.
Heat up your lemon (or any citrus fruit) for 20 to 30 seconds. Apply pressure by rolling it on the counter or in your hands before cutting it in half and juicing. The fruit will be softer and easier to squeeze.