For a tender and flaky pie crust, use a lard recipe.
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Scooping batter without spraying your scooper first.
Whether you're scooping muffin or cupcake batter, a single mist of nonstick spray will make sure your scooper stays batter-free until you're done. More here.
Softening butter in a microwave.
Microwaves are good for melting butter, but trying to just soften butter in the microwave always ends badly — the outsides melt while the insides stay cold. A quick, neat alternative is to melt it by placing a warm glass over the butter. This'll get it just soft enough to work into your cake mix. More here.
Filling a piping bag without the aid of a cup.
Instead of filling a piping bag by folding a flimsy bag over your hand, fold it over a level pint glass. You'll be able to fill more of the bag and prevent any spills.