Whether you're practically a chef or a cooking novice, there are all sorts of ways to make your time in the kitchen easier and more efficient. The next time you're cooking, try out some of these simple yet effective kitchen hacks — you'll be amazed at how much time and effort you save.

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1. Don't let onions make you cry

If you've ever wished you could chop onions without the tears, try rinsing them first — the water washes away the topmost layer, where the irritant responsible for making you well up resides. Freezing or chilling onions works even better, as long as you're planning to cook them. If you don't have time for that — and you don't mind looking a little silly — putting a piece of bread in your mouth can help absorb the irritant gas before it gets in your eyes.

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