You can never have too many tips and tricks in life. It’s always good to learn shortcuts and smart ways to improve ourselves in the kitchen. The following tips and tricks will help make your life easier in the kitchen.
Meat and Fish Products
- Slice lemon and place on BBQ for flavourful fish and no sticking
- In order to end up with flat burgers, indent the middle of hamburger with thumb
- For a quick marinade, marinate meat in salad dressing
- Descale a fish with a kitchen scrubby and water
Herbs and Spices
Peel the skin of ginger with a teaspoon
In order to bring out flavours from dried spices, toast them in a pan.
Mix your favorite spices and dried herbs for a signature seasoning blend.
Freeze fresh herbs such as dill, thyme or rosemary in a freezer bag and use as needed when cooking
Freeze leftover chopped fresh herbs and water in an ice cube tray
Roll citrus fruit on counter before cutting, they will be juicier
Place green tomatoes in a dark cool place to ripen
Place cherry tomatoes between two plates and slice
Ripen fruit by placing them in a brown paper bag
Slice the kiwi in half and use a spoon to scoop out the fruit
Grate fresh garlic microplane instead of chopping with a knife
Boil whole potatoes with skin on and afterward skin will just slide off
To crisp up limp vegetables, place them in ice cold water
If you don’t have a peeler, scrub the skin off the carrot
In the summer, stock up on fruits and vegetables in season and freeze them
Freeze butter to keep it fresh and pull out when needed
Buy a bag of lemons, slice and freeze and they will be like fresh when thawed
Peel and store overripe bananas in a freezer bag. Use for banana bread and smoothies.
If you have no oil when baking, substitute with apple sauce
For soft cookies pick a recipe that includes brown sugar
Place a piece of bread in brown sugar container to prevent from becoming hard
Spray rubber spatula with cooking spray to prevent batter from sticking.
Place cake pop sticks in colander holes to dry and keep them round
For fluffier pancakes, add a little less liquid than recommended and lumpy batter is good
Good to Know
Use dental floss to cut soft cheese easily
Bread crumbs can be substituted with plain cereal, crushed tortilla chips, or crushed crackers
Add water or broth to freshen day old rice
Keep your cutting board from sliding by placing a damp tea towel under it
Keep a bowl from turning when mixing by placing a rolled tea towel around it
Place a wooden spoon over pot to avoid boiling over.
Run knife under hot water to slice an ice cream cake easily.
Wet your fingers before trying to remove egg shells from a cracked egg in a bowl
When you are done using the blender, rinse and blend with water and soap to clean
Place a container with boiling water and half a lemon in the microwave. Leave for 5 minutes then wipe out dirty microwave
Rub wax paper on kitchen faucet to prevent water spots
Use ½ cup of baking soda to water when cleaning tiled floors
Clean narrow vases with water and Alka-Seltzer