When we learn to cook we try to remember some simple skills which will allow us to cook anything. Sometimes, it is worth looking at your cooking habits from a different point of view. People who have made cooking their life have some simple tips and tricks on how to make your life easier. Let’s look at those cooking hacks that everyone should use!
1. Oversalted soup
One of the simplest ways to undo over salting is to insert dry rice wrapped in a cheese cloth into the soup. This will absorb excess salt and make your soup taste great again. Alternatively, you can put a raw potato in your soup. Just don’t forget to get it out as it might change the taste of your soup creation.
2. Tough beef
If you don’t like tough beef marinate it in mayonnaise to make it softer. While it may seem strange, it will not be damaging to the taste of the meat. Avoid using vinegar or lemon as it will change the taste completely.
3. Dish taste
If you are worried that your dish will lose its taste and richness before it is served, make sure that you serve hot dishes on hot plates and cold dishes on cold plates. This will allow you to present the taste in the very best way.
4. Separate egg yolk and white
While there are many gadgets on the market for this task, one of the best ways is to use the egg shell itself. If you are worried that you may be clumsy, using a small water bottle will do the trick. With a bit of practice you will do it in seconds!
5. Perfect mash potatoes
To make the perfect mash taters (not only by taste but also by presentation) consider adding ingredients of the same temperature. While butter will easily melt, milk will need to warm (or even be heated) to give the mash a rich color.
6. Best ice cubes
For your wine or alcoholic drinks consider using frozen grapes instead of ice to cool them. You can also add fruit and mint into your ice molds to create nice combinations. Additionally, you can use ice molds to mix oil and fresh herbs to use next time when you cook.
7. Cooking wine
If you like to cook with wine, you can freeze wine mixed with different spices and herbs as a quick aid to your cooking. That will save the time measuring and possibly opening a fresh bottle in the future.
8. Save vegetables
The best way to preserve greens is to make sure they are chilled all the way through and can breathe. Avoid saving lettuce or broccoli in plastic as it speeds up the rotting. Consider wrapping vegetables in foil or tea towel to absorb any extra moisture.
9. Reheating pizza
Instead of heating your pizza in the microwave or waiting to heat it up in the oven with extra water, use your frying pan. This will keep it crispy and at the same time will not be too dry if you use the lid.
10. Mayo replacement
If you don’t have any mayo but have some sour cream you can easily turn it into perfect the salad dressing or dip. Adding herbs and chopped garlic will be great for your salads, adding some mustard make it work well as a dip.
11. Smell killer
Sometimes your chopping board or pan might smell of fish or onions that you cooked the night before. One of the ways to remove the smell is to use some extra vinegar with water. It will not only kill the smell but also remove any dirt.
12. Keep bread fresh
Adding an apple to your breadbox will make your bread fresh longer. Avoid storing bread in any type of plastic wrapping, use some paper bags instead. If you have too much bread left, just put it in the freezer.
13. Crispy fries
Your fries will taste better and will turn out crunchier if you dry excess moisture with a paper towel. Otherwise, you can microwave them for couple minutes and then fry.