Do you know that adding a pinch of salt when cooking pulses can fasten the softening process? Covering a platter of broccoli and carrot, with a damp towel and then refrigerating them keeps the platter fresh for longer. From cooking tips for leftovers to creative solutions for too-salty soup, here is a list of kitchen hacks that can save you time and money.
Cooking Tips and Tricks
- Soften the butter faster: Cut it into small pieces to make the butter melt faster.
- Fixing solidified honey: Put the honey jar in hot water for 10-15 minutes, or microwave the jar until it becomes luscious and smooth.
- Avoid milk spilling while boiling: Before pouring milk into the pot, rub butter on its edges. It prevents the overflow of milk when it boils up.
- Crack the Egg in One Tap: Hold the egg in your hand and tap it firmly on the countertop. You will notice a side-by-side crack. Put your finger in the crack and gently remove the shell apart.
- Curing meat toughness: Keep pieces of tough meat in one of the following: beer; vinegar; citrus, papaya, tomato, or pineapple juices, to reduce its toughness and allows easy cooking.
- Fixing excess salt: Add diced potato, a few slices of tomatoes, or a little dough of flour to bring down the excessive salt in any dish.
- Chop onions without sobbing: Refrigerate onions before cutting them. Cut them under running water or near the gas flame to avoid irritation in the eyes.
- Cleaning nonstick pan: Our cooking ideas say never clean your iron nonstick saucepan using scouring powder as it destroys the nonstick coating. Sprinkle a little salt into the pan and scrub it with a paper towel. Wash it with hot water, dry immediately, and apply vegetable oil to protect its nonstick coating.
- Make Omelette Softer: Add a few drops of milk to the batter and mix it properly in the egg pan to make the omelet spongy and soft.
- How to cook tri-tip tastier: Add your favorite spice to the tri-top, or beef, and then roast it in the oven. Now keep the roasted tri top in a pan and cover it for 6-10 hours. It will allow the flavors to penetrate the meat more deeply.
- Removing extra water from the batter: If your batter has become excessively watery, add a tablespoon of clarified butter, mix it, and your batter is ready to fry.
- Remove corn from the cob quickly: Mount the cob in a cake pan and run a knife down the cob. Corns will collect in the pan quickly.
- Getting rid of odors in plastic containers: Plastic containers are penetrable and therefore, cause odors. Put a white newspaper inside when storing them. Paper absorbs odors from plastic containers.
- Butcher’s trick to breaking down poultry: Follow these steps: separate the legs, cut the drumsticks from thighs, remove wings and remove the backbone by cutting along the spine, and finally cut the breast in half.
- Peel Garlic Easily: Separate the garlic cloves and soak in hot water for 10-15 minutes. It will loosen the cloves’ skin and can be removed.
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I’m Asma Sheikh, a home cook and recipe developer with a passion for all things food. On my blog (The Kitchen Advisor), you’ll find everything from healthy weeknight dinners to decadent desserts, and everything in between. So whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just getting started in the kitchen, I hope you’ll find something here that inspires you to get cooking!