You’re Doing It Wrong: How to Properly Prepare Broccoli, Pancakes and Potatoes

The right way to make mashed potatoes is by hand, according to one expert. Food blogger Alejandra Ramos of AlwaysOrderDessert.com says it’s the best method. “It's a little bit more work, but you're going to get lighter, fluffier potatoes,” she said. After boiling broccoli, don't immediately serve it to your family, she advises. “Shock them in a bowl of ice cold water after you boil them,” says Ramos. “This is going to stop the cooking process and keep them bright green and crispy.”