KITCHEN HACKS TO COOK BETTER
Wise old women will tell you that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but any experienced man will also tell you that one of the best ways to impress a lady is to cook for her. We all need some kitchen skills, from young students living alone to moms and dads feeding their family. There might be some people who may find cooking a little complicated, but there are some excellent chef who gave some tricks to make our life easier.
1. Make scrambled eggs in microwave:
Grab a mug and spritz it with nonstick spray. Crack a couple of eggs inside. Top with a splash of milk or water, sprinkle with some salt and pepper, then stir with a fork to combine. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring after each, for a total of 90 seconds and a 12-grams-of-protein-strong breakfast is served
2. Put ice cream in a bag before putting it in the freezer:
Ice cream can get rock hard in the freezer and it takes ages to thaw out just enough that you can eat it. A simple trick to keep it just the right consistency is to put the container in a plastic zip-lock bag before throwing it in the freezer.
3. Use An Egg Slicer For Even Portions Of Fruits And Veggies:
This tiny kitchen tool isn’t just for cutting hard-boiled eggs. Try slicing strawberries, kiwis, mushrooms, and more into even thickness in one fell swoop (and minus the finger-slicing risk of a mandoline).
4. Mix pancake batter in a plastic bag to save time and make less of a mess:
A zip lock bag or a pastry bag can be used to mix up pancake batter. Make sure to make a small cut in a corner of the plastic bag if you don’t have a pastry bag. You have to clean up less
5. Freeze Leftover Wine Or Broth In An Ice Cube Tray:
Don’t dump the rest of that Pinot or allow it to oxidize in the fridge for weeks on end. Pour leftovers from wine night into an ice cube tray, top with plastic wrap to keep ice crystals at bay, and freeze. Tomorrow, you’ll have one-ounce portions that you can pop out and add to sauces, soups, risottos, and stews for the nearly-instant depth of flavor.
6. Bake a cake in a mug:
Steer clear of double-serving temptation by baking one cake in a mug (rather than a whole pan). Coat a mug or ramekin with nonstick spray, then crack an egg inside. Whisk until even inconsistency, then stir in ¼ cup nut butter or Nutella. Microwave for 60 seconds for an ooey-gooey healthy-ish dessert.
7. Cut softer foods using a dental floss:
Things can get messy if you are cutting a particularly large cake and only have a small knife, but even things like cheese and Swiss rolls can be difficult to cut precisely. You can use dental floss to make quick and precise cuts and avoid the trouble.
8. Use Rulers For Perfectly-Even Pie Crust:
Fool everyone into thinking you’re a Great British Baking Challenge contestant by serving them a pie with exactly the right amount of homemade crust. Place a ruler (or two thin wooden dowels) on each end of your pastry dough, then roll until the dough is big enough to cover your pie pan and until you hit the guides on each side. The result: Crust that cooks evenly and looks Instagram-ready.
9. Fast-Forward Ripening In A Paper Bag:
In other ethylene gas-related news, channel its powers to speed up the ripening of fruits—such as avocados for guacamole and kiwis for fruit salad—by storing them in a brown paper bag folded closed. This traps the gas inside the bag (while allowing a slight amount of breathing) so the fruit sugars mature and acids break down.
10. Serve Hot Foods On Warm Plates:
We give you full permission to wash your dishes just before dinner: Run them under piping-hot water and wipe with a clean dish towel, then immediately top with your hot dish. Alternatively, you can pop a stack of plates or bowls in the microwave for 30 seconds.
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