Cook's Tools and Tricks

Begin with the Right Tools

Having the right kitchen tools can make cooking easier and more fun! However, you don't need every tool in the store. Before you buy that next piece of kitchen equipment, check the following tips and suggestions.


Use "Mise en Place" to Make Meal Preparation Easier
Learn how practicing "mise en place"- prepping foods and measuring out first - can help you assemble meals more quickly and effortlessly.

9 Bites for Better-Tasting Fruits and Vegetables
Use these preparation and storage "bites" to enjoy the abundant summer produce at its peak of flavor, appearance and safety!

Add Flavor with Herbs, Spices


Stay Organized

Conversions and Reductions

Reducing the Size of Recipes
Directions for cutting recipes in half or thirds, plus equivalent measures.

Temperature Conversions for Fahrenheit to Celsius; Convert Metric and Standard Measurements

How to Interpret Can Sizes
Some favorite older recipes may call for can sizes such as a Number 2 or a Number 303 can. Here's a chart to help you determine how these correspond to current can measurements.

Standard Measurement Equivalent Chart
Need a pint instead of 2 Cups? Find equivalent measurements in this PDF chart.

Ingredient Substitutions

Often for lack of an ingredient, a recipe is ruined, an extra trip to the store is required, or you must buy a large container of an ingredient for just a teaspoon or two needed in a recipe.

Use these Tips to Substitute Another Ingredient

Nutrition Substitutions and Makeovers

Recipe substitutions and makeovers that help you enjoy delicious and nutritious food.

How to Bake Gluten-Free with Sorghum Flour

More Substitution Ideas from "Cook it Quick"

Nebraska Extension Food Features

(Updated August 9, 2015)