As with most things, the devil is in the details when it comes to cooking as well. Because being good at preparing food is not only down to the chops you have when you actually fry, bake or boil it, it’s equally about the basics such as handling produce, taking care of your working station and preserving spices for the future.
In order not to have all that effort ruined by not setting the foundations properly, here are 13 hacks that will greatly improve your cooking experience.
1. Basted eggs
For the perfect basted egg, break your eggs in a pan as you would for a regular fry up but add some water instead before place the pan on the heater. The eggs should come out with the perfect yolk liquidity.
2. Keeping brown sugar soft
Brown sugar can easily be prevented from clumping up and hardening by placing an orange peel or an apple slice in the bag before it’s stored in an airtight container.
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3. Shining stainless steel
You can make your stainless steel shine by washing it with a solution of vinegar and water. For items without metal or electronic parts, soak them in the mixture.
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4. Removing seeds from vegetables
It’s simpler than you expect – just use an ice cream scooper!
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5. Salt for cast iron pans
To prevent your cast iron pans from rusting over time, scrub them with salt instead of dish soap.
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6. Stop microwave dryness
By placing a cup of water next to your food in the microwave you will prevent the food from getting dried out in the reheating process.
7. Salt for wooden cutting boards
To free your wooden chopping boards from food residue and smells, rub it with coarse salt and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it down with a lemon.
8. Pitting cherries
Place a cherry on top of an empty bottle and use a chopstick to squeeze the pit out of the cherry and into the bottle.
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9. Cool plastic wrapping
Keep your roll of plastic wrapping in the refrigerator – it will ensure that it stretches evenly instead of ripping.
10. Parchment paper cupcakes
If you don’t have a muffin tin, cupcake cups or molds, you can use parchment paper instead.
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11. Peeling fruit
If you place fruit in the microwave for 20 seconds it will be much easier to peel. The peel should slide right off.
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12. Preserving herbs
Freeze fresh herbs in water or olive oil in an ice tray to preserve them for future use.
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13. Preventing a boil-over
Place a wooden spoon over the top of the boiling pot to prevent the water from boiling over and making a mess.