I’m making hummus. I have a new can of tahini for this purpose, and I dutifully opened it and began stirring to integrate the separated oil. It was messy and difficult and slow. Then I stopped. Over there is my food processor. The very machine I’m about to make hummus in. What if I . . . ? Yup, worked like a charm. I have emulsified tahini and a processor bowl lightly coated with an ingredient I’m going to add anyway. Life is sweet.
Another trick I use: when making polenta, for Og’s sake don’t boil the water, then try to sprinkle in the cornmeal without creating lumps. Mix the cold water and the meal, then heat it. It comes out terrific, and no fear of lumps. I have no idea why you hardly ever see this instruction!