Want some simple but surprisingly good cooking hacks? Are you looking for a few tricks to make life easier, to save time and effort, in the kitchen. Here is my list of 20+ cooking hacks, starting with a top 5 basic one to help you with preparing food in the home kitchen.
My Top 5 Quick Kitchen Tips
What are your top 5 cooking hacks? Here’s my five quick tips for preparing mainstay food items…
If you hate preparing pumpkin, try removing the seeds using a metal ice cream scoop and then you can microwave the pumpkin pieces cut-side down. Add a dash of water in the microwave dish beforehand. The skin should come away easily. This might take several minutes depending on size. Then cook the pumpkin as you desire.
Lemons And Oranges
If you find peeling lemons or oranges tricky, you can easily peel citrus fruit by microwaving them for 20 seconds first.
You can perfectly peel boiled eggs by adding a pinch of soda to their cooking water and then run them under cold water after cooking to help release the shell from the cooked egg white.
Onions Without the Tears
You can cut onions without the tears by freezing them first for 30 minutes. Note: this is not recommended if you intend to use the onions fresh in salads. So, if you are using them in a salad, another trick is to run cold water over your wrists – weird, but it does work to stop the tears.
You can grate cheese more easily if you freeze the cheese for half an hour beforehand.
You might have already known these, so read on for more easy cooking hacks.
What are Some Practical Cooking Hacks?
Practical cooking hacks and tips that I know include these that are often asked about.
How to Peel Potatoes Fast
Don’t want to spend time peeling potatoes. Here’s an idea: Use a sharp knife to cut the surface of the potato around the middle (encircling the potato) and then boil the potatoes whole in a pan with the skin on. When finished cooking, run the potatoes under cold water and then you can easily slide the skins off. Watch this youtube video for more detail…
How to Soften Butter With a Glass
Heat a microwavable glass with water in the microwave. Throw out the water and place the glass over the stick of butter for a few minutes. The warmth from the glass will make the butter soft. Alternatively you can heat water on the stove top in a pot and then use the heated pot in the same fashion. You could use the 100 percent ceramic pots for this. They can be used in the microwave or on the stove top. Read more about pure ceramic pots here.
Best Way to Cut Brownies
How to cut brownies perfectly? Use a warm blade and wipe it clean each time you make the cut. You can warm the blade in hot water.
How to Cut a Pomegranate Hack
First, use your paring knife, cutting at an angle, to remove the remnants of the flower at the top of the fruit. Next score the sides and pull the fruit apart. For more detail, you can find a good step by step with photos here.
How to Save Half a Banana
Banana’s are full of vitamins and minerals. It seems a waste to throw left over bananas away or that half a banana that didn’t get used. There are tricks to saving bananas for later. First, if you are cutting a banana, make sure you cut it with the skin on. Then all you have to do is seal the cut end of the remaining piece, using plastic wrap, or for a more enviro-friendly option, try securing it with a beeswax wrap.
If you don’t want to waste whole bananas that haven’t been eaten, you can freeze them with their skins on for later. These can be used later in banana muffin or loaf recipes.
How to Spread Icing Easily
You can do this while the cake or slice are still in the baking dish as long as they have cooled but are still warm (not straight from the oven). Use a knife that has been warmed by placing it in a glass of hot water. Load the knife with icing and spread across the surface of the cake or slice. After each spread, rinse the knife in the warm water and return to spread the remainder of the icing.
10+ More Easy Cooking Hacks
Here’s a bunch more including ones on how to help with cleaning cookware and several easy cooking hacks.
Remove excess fat from cooked food with ice cubes wrapped in paper towel. The fat should solidify and cling to the towel.
Easy Squeeze Citrus Fruit
Simply cool them first then zap in the microwave for 15 seconds.
Water Boiling Over
Put wooden spoon in pot to stop the contents boiling over.No cupcake shells.
Use parchment paper in place of cupcakes shells.
When warming up pizzas put a cup of water in the oven to keep the crust crunchy.
Keep extra cooking herbs in ice-cubes in the freezer to use later. Try putting them in water or oil to retain nutritional value.
To clean a cast iron frying pan try using salt instead of the normal dishwashing liquid. Salt will break down the residue left on the pan. A coarse salt or just plain table salt will do the trick. The soiled salt can be placed in the trash and the pan then rinsed clean. It’s a good idea then to drizzle just a few drops of vegetable oil over the cooking surface of the pan and with a paper towel spread the oil over the entire skillet to season and protect it from rust.
Food Residue Stuck in Frypan
To remove cooking in residue from a frying pan, add enough water to cover the food. But, let the pan cool to warm first to avoid damaging the pan. Allow to soak for several minutes. Then wash as normal.
Remove garlic odor from cooking utensils by scrubbing with table salt or lemon. This works in removing the odor from your hands also.
Messy Wooden Spoons
Restore those wooden spoons or utensils suited to non-stick cookware by boiling them in plain water and then drying them in the sun.
Maintain wooden or bamboo cutting boards in good condition by oiling them occasionally with grapeseed oil or a similar oil.
What Are Some Cooking Tips or Hacks That You Know?
What are the best cooking hacks you know? What are the best cooking baking hacks do you believe every person should know? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.
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