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10 time-saving tips for home cooks

If there’s one thing every cook wants in their kitchen, it’s more time. A few extra precious minutes to set the table, to pack the kids’ lunches for tomorrow, to do the dishes, and, most importantly, to enjoy gathering around the table and dining together with friends and family.

The first step to maximizing efficiency and speed in the kitchen is to think like a restaurant chef. Weekly — or even monthly — menu planning will allow for smart shopping and can eliminate the need to run back and forth to the grocery store every other day. Gathering all the necessary ingredients together before starting to cook (what’s known as "mise en place") and reading a recipe in its entirety before turning on the oven are other must-dos that will help home cooks get organized and work faster. And one-pot dishes like paella, beef stew, and bouillabaisse can also be lifesavers for those without a dishwasher.

Even better, a bounty of quick tips and tools can shave minutes off time spent prepping and chopping. Here are 10 great tricks that will save you precious time in the kitchen — letting you enjoy the things you really want to be doing instead of all that dicing and slicing.

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Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.


Learn to cook without recipes in 30 days

I have stopped believing that I am capable of cooking a good meal. And how can I ever develop a good relationship with food and not worry about it if I’m at the mercy of processed foods and restaurants?”

I want badly to be the mom that cooks at home, I just don’t know where to start…. It feels so overwhelming.”

I live by myself and am just too tired to cook. It seems a huge effort to do for myself only.”

Eating out all the time is really expensive, but I hate cooking so much that most the time I either give in or just skip the meal altogether.”

When I look at ANY recipe I want to cry. When I do try to make something and it doesn’t work out I get even more frustrated and say to myself, this is why I hate cooking.”

Hi, I’m Darya Rose. I’m a neuroscience Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites.

Before I developed a regular cooking habit there were few things that intimidated me more than the kitchen.

I had no idea how to hold a knife or work a stove.

When I did try to cook something it usually ended up terrible. With no flavor and burnt on the outside, while raw in the middle. Sounds yummy, I know.

As a result most of the meals I ate came from a box or a bag or a restaurant.

And forget about entertaining. The idea of cooking for anyone else was laughable. Why would I do that to anybody I care about? (Let alone myself). Thanks, but no thanks.

If you had asked me at the time why I didn’t cook more I would have said that I just didn’t know how. And I don’t have the time or energy anyway.

Cooking felt like a huge effort with low reward. And it was.

At the time I had no idea how much power cooking had to change my life for the better. That it would have ended my struggle with weight and revolutionized my relationship with food and my body.

I also didn’t understand that the struggles I had with cooking could be eliminated with just a few simple adjustments in my strategy.

Cooking can be easy and less stressful if you turn it into a HABIT.

When cooking isn’t a habit it feels hard and seems to take forever. Every step from planning, shopping and prepping, to cooking and cleanup takes more time and energy.

Even if you do manage to throw something together there’s a good chance it doesn’t taste that good.

But when cooking is a habit it isn’t stressful or frustrating. You become so efficient in the kitchen that it actually takes less time to cook than to go out to a restaurant.

Even after a long day’s work you can walk in the door, open the fridge and know exactly what to do to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table in half an hour.

When you have a habit you can do something easier and faster, because your brain doesn’t have to work as hard.

In fact, if you have a strong habit it is easier to do it than not do it.

That is what makes habits so powerful.



Comments:

  1. Mikat

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  2. Nishura

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  3. Nikos

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