There are still a lot of things we do not know about food. Kitchen duties are difficult and boring at the same time. Listed below are some amazing food hacks that will make your kitchen life more exciting.
1. Keeping Herbs Fresh
Ever wondered how to keep you herbs fresh before they actually fade out? Chop them into pieces and place them inside each cube in an ice cube tray. Add a little water and oil until the herbs are fully filled then freeze.
2. Recycle Watermelon Leftovers
If the family was not able to finish the watermelon, no need to worry. All you need are some Popsicle sticks. Stick it in to the rind of the fruit and freeze.
3. Preparing The Baby’s Food
If you do not have enough time or energy to prepare a freshly cooked fruit or vegetable meal for your baby, here is how to make your life easier. Cook a whole batch of your baby’s daily meal, and place them in an ice cube tray. Now simply pop out your desired combination of food when your baby is hungry.
4. Removing That Odorous Smell From Your hands
After cooking if your hands develop some type of smell due to cooking, especially seafood, one trick to remove that odor is to rub your hands with some lemon or salt.
5. Making Sure That Eggs Are Fresh Before You Use Them
Fill up a bowl with cool water and place the eggs in it. The eggs that sink are fresh, and those that float or go upright are supposed to be thrown away.
6. Avoid Burning Your Cheese Toast
In order to avoid wasting your time in constantly watching your toast to avoid burning it, do this instead. Make your cheese toast sandwich by using thin-sliced cheese between slim pieces of bread and use your wide-slot toaster to cook it.
7. Cleaning The BBQ Grill Without Chemicals
Instead of using a chemical spray to get rid off the grease on a grill, use a half sliced onion. Cut the onion horizontally in half and rub it all over the grill. This should remove the sticky bits off the grill.
8. Neatly Slice A Cake
Rather than using a knife to cut off a cake and watch it getting messed up, use an unscented dental floss. Hold a 12-inched unscented dental floss on both ends and slightly slide it through the cake. This method also works for slicing cheese.
9. Put A Day-Old Bread To Good Use
If you got yourself a crusty day-old loaf, all you have to do is sprinkle it with some water and heat it in an oven for a few minutes. It will soften the loaf and make it still safe and yummy to consume.
10. Crushing Ingredients
If you do not have a pestle and mortar in your kitchen, there is another way to crush them. Place the ingredients inside a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush it.
11. Cutting ‘Easily-Squashed’ Bread
There are certain breads that squash easily when being sliced. The trick to prevent this from happening is to turn the bread upside down and using a serrated knife to slice it.
12. Preserving Avocados
As soon as Avocados become ripe enough and they are about to turn mushy, place them inside your fridge. This could extend your Avocado’s life for an additional four to five days.
13. Remove Bottled Up Spaces
Condiment bottles usually hog all the space on dinner table, but there is a trick to save space. Squeeze the different sauces in a muffin or cupcake tin and serve on the table.
14. Perfecting Pastry
Before using it, wrap the pastry in a clean cling film and chill it for about half an hour. This will allow it to be easier to roll out and refrain from shrinking during cooking.
15. Peeling Garlic Easily
One trick to make your life easier when pealing cloves of garlic is to use jars. Place the separated cloves of garlic inside a used can with cover or a small mayonnaise glass-jar. Shake them forcefully to remove the skin from the garlic.
16. Crystal Clear Ice Cubes
To ensure clear looking ice cubes, boil water first before placing it in the ice cube trays. This will prevent it from turning cloudy.
17. Maximizing Your Herbs And Spices
To intensify the flavor and get the most out of your spices try to fry them first for a couple of minutes before adding to your recipe. If your dish requires you to sauté garlic and onions beforehand, you can mix the spices along with them before adding any meat or liquid to it.
18. Making Fruits Extra Juicy
If your fruits, such as lemons or limes, are hard to slice, microwave them for 10-30 seconds. That should make the fruit extra juicy when being sliced.
19. Remaining Sauces From Condiments
It’s been a common problem leaving a big amount of sauce inside the bottles and just throwing them away. A trick to get the most out of the bottles is, letting the condiments stand with the cap as the base. Then carefully cut open the bottle with scissors or a sharp knife and scrape out the remainder.
20. Roasting Properly
Before roasting your meat, let it sit down in room temperature for 30 minutes. This ensures evenly roasted meat.
21. Recycling Leftover Wine
This may not be a common scenario, but if you have left over wine and no one is going to drink it anymore then you can put it into good use. Pour it inside an ice cube tray and freeze. Now you can use the frozen wine cubes to certain recipes to add more flavor.
22. Telling If Fish Is Fresh Or Not
This is opposite as with the eggs hack we mentioned before. You just place the fish inside a bowl. Those that float are the fresh ones.
23. Hulling Strawberries Easily
Make sure first that the leaves at the top are all fluffed up. Then, gently insert a straw at the bottom part of the strawberry then push up to remove the hull.
24. Keeping Supermarket Fish Fresh
Upon buying a wrapped-up fish from the supermarket, remove it from the plastic wrap immediately. Rinse it in cold water, pat to dry, then place inside the fridge, covered with a plate. This shall keep the fish fresh for a longer period of time as air is allowed to circulate around the fish.
25. Prevent Wine From Diluting
One easy trick to keep cold wine from diluting is to add a couple of frozen grapes in your glass instead of using ice cubes. The grapes will keep the wine cold and what’s great is you can eat them after.
26. Keep The Saltshaker From Not Clogging
One trick to prevent the saltshaker from clogging up is to mix grains of rice in the bottle. The rice will absorb the moisture inside the bottle but won’t come out of the saltshaker.
27. An Avocado’s Ripe Indicator
The stem attached to the avocado will be your indicator to know if the fruit is ripe or not. If the stem is difficult to remove, it is not yet ripe enough. If the color is green underneath it, you can now eat the avocado. On the other hand if it’s brown, the fruit is already overripe.
28. Interesting Ways To Cook Fried Eggs
A very simple way to add a little shape and texture to your fried eggs is using cookie cutters. Crack the egg inside a heatproof cookie cutter to create art for breakfast.
29. Homemade Tortilla Chips
Cut ready-made round tortillas into eight diamonds, lightly brush with vegetable oil and salt and lay on a baking tray. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for up to 10 minutes until the edges start to curl up but the middle is still soft – they’ll crisp up when they cool.
30. Adding More Meat To Meat
Using anchovies, Worcestershire sauce or any soy sauce can actually enhance the meatiness flavor of the meat.
31. Homemade Taco Shells
Lay round tortillas flat on a damp cloth and microwave on full power for 20 seconds. Afterwards, hang each of the tortillas over the rack inside the oven. Heat it up until it achieves the taco-shaped shell.
32. Substitutes For Buttermilk
There are two ways to make an alternative for buttermilk. One is mixing a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon to one glass of milk and leave it for 10 minutes at room temperature. Second, add three parts of sour cream to one cup of water, mix it well and leave it for 10 minutes at room temperature too. The mix, including the curdled bits, can be used as a buttermilk substitute.
33. Egg Whites Are Important
After making your favorite dish using only egg yolks, do not throw out the egg whites. The egg whites can be an important ingredient that can be used for other recipes. Simply put the unwanted egg whites in a container and freeze. Freezing them keeps them fresh and re-usable but do remember to make a note of how many egg whites you are freezing.
34. ”Un-Saltifying” A Dish
If you cooked your dish too salty there is one way to balance the taste perfectly. That is to add a slice or two of potatoes in it. The potatoes will eventually balance out the taste. A good alternative for potatoes can also be yogurt, coconut milk and dough (rolled into tiny balls) as these too will absorb the saltiness.
35. Preparing Potatoes
If you have peeled potatoes too early for tonight’s dish, one way to prevent them from turning brown in color is to submerge them in a bowl filled with cold water.
36. Softening Brown Sugar
Brown sugar can be stubborn when it solidifies. One way to prevent it from turning hard is to mix in couple of marshmallows inside the jar. Rather than the sugar absorbing damp air, instead the marshmallows will do this, allowing your brown sugar to stay clump-free.
37. Removing Pieces Of Cracked Egg Shells
Every one has encountered cracking an egg in a bowl and finding tiny bits of shells mixed in it. Removing it can be difficult because the shell moves away as you attempt to take it out. In order to catch those shells easily, use one half of the cracked eggshell (jagged halves are better as they cut through the egg white) or simply wet your fingers to make removing easier.
38. Quickly Ripening Bananas
Place bananas inside a brown paper bag as this will speed up its ripening process as ethylene in the fruit will build up, stimulating the ripening process. You can also add a tomato or apple inside to double up the speed.
39. Stop Bananas From Ripening Quickly
In order to do so, remove each banana from their main stem, wrap their stems with a plastic wrapper, as shown above, and do not include or mix them up with other fruits when storing.
40. Avoid Crying When Slicing Onions
Before you go ahead and chop/mince your onions, freeze them first for 10-15 minutes. This will prevent the onion from making you teary-eyed when slicing it.
41. Stop Avocado’s Flesh From Discoloration
Use an airtight container for the fruit’s storage and put it inside the refrigerator. Before doing so, brush the exposed flesh with some lemon juice or mild tasting olive oil to avoid it from turning brown.
42. Prevent Meat From Sticking To The Pan
Before placing the meat on the heated pan, brush it with oil first rather than brushing the pan itself. This shall prevent the meat from sticking to the pan.
43. Preserving Vegetables
One easy life hack to ensure that vegetables last a longer period of time is using plastic bags. Place the vegetables inside a sealed plastic bag and store inside the fridge’s drawers.
44. Making Sweet ”Sushi”
Spread some Nutella or melted chocolate on the top of a peeled banana. Add on some toppings by sprinkling crushed nuts or desiccated coconut and press down. Put it in the fridge for some time and you have yourself homemade sweet sushi. Oh yeah, once removed from the fridge cut the banana into slices using a sharp knife.