Those are simple solutions to common problems that save time, money, and effort.
These quick and clever kitchen hacks will change how you cook for the better:
From making your homemade stock to saving money on food shopping, here are some of our favorite ways to make cooking a little easier.
Make Your Homemade Stock
Homemade stocks can be made in minutes using ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. They’re also much cheaper than buying them from supermarkets or restaurants.
Keep Cookies Soft
Cookies can get tricky when they’re stored too long at room temperature. To keep them soft, store cookies in a resealable plastic bag inside your refrigerator until ready to eat. This way, they won’t dry out and become brittle.
Make Your Salad Dressing
Salad dressings have been around forever, but it turns out that making your own is more accessible than buying one from the grocery store.
Craft DIY Mason Jar Shakers
Mason jars make great storage containers and double as shaker cups when filled with ice cubes and salt. Fill each jar halfway full with water and freeze overnight. The following day, remove the lid from one side of the pot and place it on the unfrozen portion. Repeat until all your mason jars are filled. Now fill them up with ice and salt and shake ’til your heart’s content.
Slice Steak Fries
If you’ve ever tried slicing steak before, then you probably ended up with some tough slices that were hard to eat. The secret: use a sharp knife and cut against the grain. This technique ensures tender meat every time. If you don’t want to invest in a new set of knives, try using a serrated blade instead. It’s easier to control when cutting across the grain.
Slow down rotting
If you want to keep produce fresh for longer than just a few days, store it in an airtight container filled with ice packs or dry rice. This will slow down the decay process so that when you eat it, it tastes as good as new.
Make sure meat is cooked through.
When grilling steaks, burgers, chicken breasts, pork chops, etc., make sure they are fully cooked throughout — not only at the center but also along the edges.
Give bananas a more prolonged life
Bananas can be stored for up to three months if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and kept at room temperature. If they get too warm, though, their flavor will fade. To avoid this problem, place bananas in an open paper bag when storing them.
Make sure pasta is cooked right away.
Pasta should always be served immediately after being prepared because it’s best eaten hot. However, some people like to let leftover pasta sit overnight, giving it more time to cool off.
Speed up ripening
cut an avocado open lengthwise and place cut side down over a paper towel-lined plate. Place another paper towel directly above the first, so there’s no gap between the fruits. Let sit overnight at room temperature.
Soften butter faster
Soften unsalted butter without melting it using this trick. Cut off 1-inch pieces of butter and roll into balls. Freeze until solid, then pop out onto wax paper. They’ll be ready to use after about 30 minutes.
Save cut fruit from browning.
Cut apples, peaches, and berries can be stored at room temperature for several days if wrapped tightly in foil. If they start to turn brown, toss them back in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Avoid plastic wrap disasters.
Try using parchment instead if you want to use plastic wrap but don’t want to deal with sticky residue left behind after peeling off the cling film. It’s more durable than regular plastic wrap, so there won’t be any leftover messes when you remove it later.
If you’re having trouble getting liquid out of a bottle or canister with a regular pour spout, try this: Holding the top of the container in place, tilt the bottom end down so that the contents are halfway inside the opening. Then slowly pull back on the top until the entire amount has been poured into the container.
Bring eggs to room temperature quickly.
I know what you’re thinking: “Why would anyone want to bring their eggs to room temp?” But trust me on this one. If you let them sit at room temp for more than 5 minutes, they won’t cook evenly.
Keep fresh bread longer.
To keep bread fresher longer, store it in the freezer wrapped in aluminum foil or waxed paper. The cold air inside helps preserve its moisture content.
Stop struggling to peel your ginger.
Peel away using this nifty trick: Place a piece of tape over the spot where you want to remove the skin, and then run a knife along the edge of the video. The blade will scrape away the unwanted layer without damaging the rest of the root.
These are some of the kitchen hacks that you MUST TRY!