Gordon Ramsay Breaks Down His 10 ‘Incredibly Useful Cooking Tips’

05/09/2016 at 10:52 AM ET


If there’s anyone you should be taking your culinary advice from, it’s Gordon Ramsay.

In a video posted on his YouTube channel, the celebrity chef gives 10 of his best cooking tips, including one particularly useful piece of advice for getting your produce ripe and ready to eat ASAP.

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“If you have fruit that’s not perfectly ripe, the tip is to put a banana in a paper bag, then add your unripe fruit,” he says. “Put it in a dark place and the banana will speed up the ripening process of the other fruit.” It’s true, bananas are abundant in a gas called ethylene, which ripens fruit faster. Genius!

And if it’s the prepping of fruits and veggies that stresses you out, he’s got you covered there too, showing off his foolproof techniques to handling foods like mango, kiwi, bell peppers and fresh herbs (which he pronounces the English way with a hard “h,” lending him even more authority in our minds).

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Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

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For the more carnivorous amongst us, Ramsay also has a tip for getting maximum flavor out of your meat: score it. That is, cut deep slits in the meat so your marinade can penetrate into it, rather than just on the outside.

Gordon Ramsay

Other one-off tips include how to boil potatoes properly (start from cold water) and using lemon juice to get rid of residual heat on your fingers from chili peppers and to keep foods like avocados and apples fresher longer.

We’re ready to get in the kitchen now.

Shay Spence

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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He forgot to say insult people without mercy.