Some of us love it and some of us hate it, cooking is an essential skill the most people use of a daily basis. For those of you who are looking for a few simple kitchen tips to help you along the way, take a look a these 10 little tricks that I have picked up over the years.
1. Add salt to help boil water. Adding salt will help speed up the boiling process. But as a bonus, if you are boiling eggs, it will help prevent the egg shells from breaking.
2. Putting fruits and tomatoes in the fridge will only degrade their taste and smell. Have you ever noticed at the grocery store that 95% of the fruits and vegetables are not being chilled? This is because they know that if they chill them, it will ruin their potential and most likely suffer a backlash from shoppers.
3. Keep store bananas away from other fruits. Bananas release gases that will speed the rotting process of everything around them. Also, to keep bananas as fresh as possible, cut the banana from the bunch where the stem meets the banana itself. Ripping off the banana at the top will cause the bunch to spoil much faster.
4. To keep your salt from clumping, add some white in the same container. This is especially popular in Asian cultures and it truly works.
5. Home made soup is the best. However, there can be a lot of hidden fat mixed in. Let the soup cool down and drop a couple of ice cubes in it. The cold ice will cause the fats to harden which you can then scoop out.
6. Use your old cooking water to feed your plants or garden. Just make sure that it is cool before doing so. There are a lot of nutrients in cooking water that they can benefit from. However, don’t pour acidic juices as this may do more harm than good.
7. Season your stainless pots and pans. Seasoning your pots and pans will keep food from sticking. It’s important too follow these simple rules: Before you cook with them for the first time, season them with oil. Never wash them with harsh soaps or scrub the bottoms. If you need to wash it really well, season them again before next use. When storing them, oil them and store in a plastic bag.
8. Keep your knives sharp. Using a dull knife is a recipe for disaster. We tend to use more force when using a dull knife which leads to problems. If you don’t have a knife sharpener you can always get them sharpened at your local butcher shop for a small fee.
9. Prepare everything in advance. Scrambling around for items while things are cooking is a recipe for fire and disaster.
10. Clean your fridge often and leave a small opened box of baking soda inside. This will help curb smells. Your fridge can harbor some nasty things, so don’t neglect it. When cooking you only want to use the best and freshest of ingredients!
I hope you enjoyed these kitchen tips and that they help you make the most of your cooking time!