25 ingenius tips to make your life in the kitchen easier
Whether we enjoy cooking or we only step into the kitchen because we have no other choice, we can do everything in our power to make things as simple as possible when it comes time to cook a three-course meal… or simply when pitting cherries. Here are 25 tips to make your life in the kitchen easier.
1 Keep your tomatoes fresher longer
Keep your tomatoes fresher longer by placing them upside down, with the stem facing down. This will prevent the most fragile part of the tomato to be in contact with air.
2 And of your bananas
In order to slow down the ripening process, wrap the ends of the bananas in plastic wrap. This will prevent the ethylene gas that escapes from the bananas of browning them too quickly.
3 Or make them ripen quicker
If, on the contrary, you are in a hurry to use your too-green bananas, place them in a paper bag. This same gas will be condensed and will accelerate the ripening of the fruit.
4 Prevent cut fruit from browning
Add a bit of honey mixed with lemon juice to prevent your fruits from browning. This mixture will also add a nice tangy-sweet touch to your fruit salads.
5 Prevent brown sugar from hardening
Prevent your brown sugar from hardening by keeping it in an airtight container and by adding a piece of orange peel or a slice of apple in the container.
6 Stop struggling with plastic wrap
To make it easier to handle, store your plastic wrap in the refrigerator. The cold will make it easier to handle.
7 And how to do without it
Use plastic shower caps (the kind you get in hotels) to protect your foods from insects or dust. Their shape makes them easy to manipulate and you won’t have to constantly buy plastic film at the grocery store.
8 Verify the freshness of your eggs
Place your raw eggs in a bowl filled with cold water to verify their freshness. The freshest eggs will sink to the bottom whereas the older ones will float.
9 And scoop up the broken shells
You cracked eggs and small shell fragments ended up in your bowl? Use part of the shell to remove them without picking up too much of the egg. Strangely, the shell will have an effect similar to that of a magnet.
10 Scoop out the seeds from squashes
Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the seeds. The sharpened rim designed to scoop ice cream will allow you to easily remove the seeds.
11 Remove excess fat
Easily remove fat from soups, stews or broth with ice cubes. Place them on a metal spoon and slide them to the surface. The cold will solidify the fat and it will be easier for you to pick it up with a spoon.
12 Separate the yolk from the egg white
Separate the yolk from the egg white using a clean, empty plastic bottle. Press on the bottle right above the yolk, then gently release. When the air returns to the bottle, the yolk will also be absorbed.
13 Pit cherries
Avoid a mess by pitting cherries with a small-necked bottle (e.g., a beer bottle or water bottle) and a firm straw or stick.
14 Peel a banana
Peel your banana on the opposite end you are used to. You will peel it much more easily and, as a result, remove the peduncle and thus avoid throwing out part of your banana.
15 And garlic
Remove the garlic clove from the garlic head and place the side of the blade on top of the clove. Then, add pressure on the blade with your fist. The skin will detach itself from the garlic cloves.
16 Peel potatoes without a peeler
No potato peeler? No problem. Peel your potatoes with a minimum of effort by first boiling them and then placing them in ice water. The skin will peel off on its own.
17 Remove the kernels from corn
Use a fluted cake mould to remove kernels from your cooked corn on the cob. You can place the top of the corn in the hole of the mould and slide your knife down. The kernels will fall into the mould.
18 Facilitate the grating of semi-firm cheeses
Freeze semi-firm cheeses to make it easier to grate them. This trick will also make the process less messy.
19 Cut cheeses
Use unflavoured floss to cut cheeses. This technique is especially practical to avoid crushing soft cheeses.
20 Open jars
If you are having trouble opening a particularly difficult jar, place a rubber band around the lid. This will give you a better grip and make it easier to open.
21 No buttermilk? No problem!
Did you realize you had no buttermilk in the middle of your pancake recipe? Add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk and there you have it! A homemade version of buttermilk.
22 Measure sticky ingredients
Heat or grease your spoon before measuring sticky ingredients such as honey or molasses. They will slide better off your measuring cup and your measurement will be more accurate.
23 Crystalized honey
Restore a liquid and creamy texture to the crystallized honey by placing the honey jar in a bowl of hot water for five to ten minutes.
24 Prevent water from overflowing
Prevent liquids from overflowing by placing a wooden spoon on top of your cooking pot. Leave it there for the duration of the cooking and the contents of your pot will never overflow.
25 Make your own muffin cups
Your muffin mix is ready to go in the oven but you don’t have any muffin cups? Cut a few squares of parchment paper and place them at the bottom of your muffin moulds. In addition to being practical, this solution is quite pretty.
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