It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned baker, a total beginner, or fall somewhere in between — we’re all after the tip or trick that will make us smarter bakers and save us time and effort in the kitchen. And the internet is brimming with a nearly endless stream of baking hacks that claim to do just that. True to their word, there are some that are actually useful, along with plenty of others that just don’t deliver. To help you sort through them, we put several to the test in our own kitchens. Here are seven that we genuinely endorse — plus two that aren’t worth your time at all.