Sometimes kitchen tips appear that may seem new to some but others have been doing them for years. It is not a bad idea to recap some tips in case they can help someone new to "keeping kitchen".
The first one is from marthastewart.com and can make prep time faster and easier.
The second tip is also from marthastewart.com and involves cheese this time.
Fresh mozzarella is delicious on pasta, gratins, and pizza. But it's difficult to grate — unless you freeze it first. Wrap a block of mozzarella in plastic wrap, and freeze for at least 20 minutes; then grate. Store the grated cheese in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to five days.
I am not sure where I found this next tip but thank you to whomever put it in my file.