Once you get a good grip on the foundations of cooking, you realize there is no need for you to keep that cookbook handy. After all, cooking becomes second nature to you, regardless of whatever dish you’re preparing. Admit or not, we all need express kitchen karate skills – as there is no better joy than drooling over a tasty meal over dinner. Whether you were born a cooking master, or just skilled by practice or interest, you need some tricks to add a little fire to your game.
Check out these cooking hacks that will change the way you cook, and probably even leverage your skills to wow your family and friends.
1. Grill fish in a bed of lemons.
Grilling is an all-time favourite outdoor experience. Whether you are somewhere at the beach or having a nice backyard family bonding, it’s quite impressive to cook meat over a bed of lemons so as to avoid getting the flesh stuck to the grill and being torn apart. Save yourself from a unwanted load of cooking disasters and excite your guests with a cool zesty flavour of grilled succulent fish.
2. Wrap your bottles of soda and beer with wet paper towel to cool them faster.
The party isn’t complete without a few good drinks, so you might need to grab some bottles of soda before it ends. Take your wet paper towels to the rescue! Use them to wrap your bottles before dumping them to the fridge to cool them faster than the speed of light!
3. Keep your greens fresh by puffing some air.
Are salad greens your favourite? Keep them fresh and prevent them from getting soggy by storing them in a plastic container and blowing some air inside. Twist the top and tie it close with a rubber band. The secret? Spell C-O-2.
4. Wear gloves when mixing meat.
Save water and time. Wearing gloves when mixing meat makes hand washing a lot less frequent.
5. Anchor your cutting board.
A sliding anchor board is such a hassle. Prevent this from happening by placing wet and textured paper towel beneath. Chopping has never been faster and easier. You can even use the wrung out paper towel to clean the counter when you’re done.
6. Peel ginger with a spoon.
Every person who’s been in the kitchen at least once knows how hard it is to peel fresh ginger with a lot of nooks and crannies. Just use a regular spoon to peel and mince it.
7. Partially freeze your raw and slippery chicken.
Firm up the meat right before working with it. Place your raw chicken in the freezer for around 15 minutes. This helps the meat to become less slippery and easier to cut into thin slices.
8. Use two plates to slice cherry tomatoes at once.
Cutting tomatoes in half can be a tedious task and a slow process. Do it at once by holding them in place between two plates or plastic container lids, then slice them in a horizontal fashion through the opening. Remember to use a sharp knife when doing so.
9. Revive your stale bread.
Run your loaf of bread through some water and pop it in the oven for around 10 minutes. It will make the bread just as fresh and crunchy as a newly-baked one.
10. Use dental floss to make quick and precise cuts.
If you don’t have a knife large enough to cut mushy treats like cakes and pastries, avoid mess by using dental floss to cut them out precisely. This is also ideal for Swiss rolls and cheese.
11. Keep ice cream soft by locking them inside a Ziplock bag.
Ice cream in containers can get super hard when stored in the freezer. Keep them as soft as when you first bought it by placing the container inside a ziplock bag before storing it in the freezer.
12. Use pasta water to even out sauce consistency.
Save the last half-cup of water used to boil your pasta to improve the texture of your sauce. After draining, mix the liquid to your stodgy or thick sauce to thin it and even out the consistency.
Cooking is much more enjoyable when you have some sturdy little tricks in mind. It’s not just a matter of skill after all, but also a mix of creativity and good logic. Cook in style. Be the pro you want to be. Apply these hacks and you’ll never cook the same way again.
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