14 Invaluable Kitchen Hacks Few People Know Of
Use an ice-cream scoop to remove seeds from pumpkins or zucchinis. Its sharp edge easily scrapes out seeds and can be used to make a thinly sliced salad.
#13 Remove excess fat from cooked food
If a dish you’ve cooked is rich in fat then it can be removed using a couple of ice cubes and a paper towel.
Wrap the ice in the towel and wipe it over the top of the food, the ice cube acts as a magnet, collecting all the floating fat on the tissue.
#12 Film wrap
Does your plastic wrap stretch unevenly and rip?
Like professional chefs, put it in the fridge, cold food wrap sticks and tears less.
#11 Peel Citrus Fruits Easily
Do you struggle peeling oranges or lemons?
Put them in the microwave for 20 seconds, then try to peel them, it becomes much easier to separate these fruits from their wrappings.
#10 Cut onions without tears
The freezer will help, put the onions in for 30 minutes before chopping them.
Do this only if you plan to cook them, don’t treat them if you want to make a salad with them or they’ll lose their crunch.
#9 Making perfect basted eggs
Break the eggs into a pan as if to fry them, instead of vegetable oil add some water and heat the pan. You’ll get the perfect eggs with liquid yolk.
#8 Storing Herbs
To preserve vitamin content freeze herbs in an ice-cube tray in water or olive oil.
#7 Store shelled nuts
Freeze shelled nuts to preserve their nutritional properties, taste, and aroma, pack them into sealed containers before placing them into the freezer.
The nuts must be raw and unprocessed. This way they won’t acquire the bitter aftertaste of shelled nuts.
#6 Cleaning a cast iron frying pan
To stop a cast iron frying pan from rusting. Instead of washing it with regular dish-washing liquid use table salt.
This will make the pan get rid of odours from spices used during cooking.
#5 Rid your hands of unpleasant odors
To get rid of garlic or onion odours from your hands use table salt or lemon. Just rub them on your hands and rinse with water.
#4 Restoring shine of metal kitchenware
To restore shine to stainless steel kitchenware, wash it in a mixture of vinegar and water. In case there is no metal parts effect can be achieved by soaking it in the mixture overnight.
#3 Restoring wooden spoons to life
Over time wooden spoons lose their looks and acquire odour.
Boil the wooden spoons in plain water and dry in the sun, giving them a new lease of life.
#2 Clean wooden chopping boards
Follow this method to remove odours and food residues from wooden chopping boards rub them with the coarse grain salt and leave for 10-15 minutes, wipe it with half a lemon and dry.
#1 Keeping your recipes clean
It’s difficult to open on the right page without getting it splashed and stained. To protect cookbooks, use a trouser hanger, keep the book open on the page you need and suspend it over the work surface, where it’ll be quite safe.
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