No matter who you are, if you eat healthy food and cook yourself, then you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Sometimes we overlook the easy way to do the most common things or make something way more difficult than they have to be. Here are some kitchen hacks I use to get the most out of my time in the kitchen.
Ripen Faster– Everyone knows it can be a pain to wait for fruit you just bought to come to a fully ripened stage, especially if you have a craving for that food. To ripen faster place your fruit in a paper bag. Oxygen will still be allowed in and the gas that is released to ripen the fruit will be concentrated, making it a faster process.
Plastic Wrap Ease– If you’ve ever used plastic wrap to store or cover food you know how easily it can turn into a wadded up disaster. Store your roll of plastic wrap in the fridge to tone down the static cling, making it easier to go from the roll to your container or food.
Get Rid Of Fat– If you’d like to take an extra bit of fat from stews, soups, and sauces try using ice. Wrap a couple of ice cubes in a paper towel and pass over the top of your product, barely touching the surface. The ice turns solid making it easier to remove with a spoon or piece of bread.
Measure Without Mess– Measuring any kind of sticky substance can be a messy experience. Getting it all into its destination is hard and cleanup isn’t fun. Instead spray cooking oil or warm water on the inside of your measuring device to ensure a perfectly clean transfer.
Tear Free Onions– If you have sensitive eyes or sinuses you may want a way to cut or chop onions without tears. The sharper your knife the less fumes will be emitted. You can also try chewing gum to keep from inhaling the vapors or biting halfway down on a piece of bread to keep them from reaching your nose and eyes.
Brew Without A Coffee Maker– If you need your daily coffee fix but don’t have a personal coffee maker you can do it with things you already have. Boil the coffee grounds in a pot of water until desired strength. Once you’re finished place a very tightly spaced strainer on top of another bowl and pour through.
Pasta Doughnut– If you’ve ever had to reheat frozen or cold pasta you know that it can be a difficult experience, often cold on the inside while starting to cook on the outside. To make it easier make the shape of a doughnut for even access to more surface area before microwaving.
Don’t Dilute– If you hate when your ice melts and becomes a watered down version of the drink you wanted, try these tricks. If you have time beforehand take an ice-cube tray and fill it with your preferred drink and use in place of normal ice. For wine or juices you can also freeze blueberries or grapes instead of using ice, leaving you with a tasty treat when your finished your glass.
Sponge Your Microwave– If your microwave is used frequently, like mine, you may need a way to get it back to a clean state without soapy water and rough scrubbing. Try taking a sponge soaked in water and microwave it for one minute. This steams the stuck on food and allows it to be easily wiped away.
Keep Knives From Dulling– Coming from a cooking career I can’t begin to describe how awful it is to try to use a dull knife. After washing store blade side up in the drying rack to prevent damage to the tip and when chopping use the top of the knife, instead of the blade, to move your ingredients into their container.
Try out these hacks for an easier experience in the kitchen. Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore even if you’re someone who isn’t a food fanatic. No matter how you cut it, the simpler way is often the best way. Happy Cooking!