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5 Cooking Tips and Tricks Using Lemon Juice

Lemon transforms this asparagus dish. See more pictures of vegetables.

It's so easy to mess up the simplest dishes: rice, chicken, even boxed macaroni and cheese can turn out wrong. But adding just one extra ingredient -- in this case lemon juice -- can transform a dull dish or save dinner from being dumped down the garbage disposal.

Our list of five cooking tips and tricks using lemon juice could potentially save your cooking reputation. Get crazy in the kitchen and embrace your inner Martha. No one at the dinner table has to know that the sour cream in their chili was actually whipped cream 30 minutes ago. Easy substitutions can save grocery money too.