For a newbie cook, even the simplest of recipes can be difficult. From peeling onions or garlic to chopping them it can all seem like a real chore and cooking a recipe doesn’t usually take 4 to 5 minutes, unlike the video.
Cooking is a skill and only with practice can you better your skills. So here are a few simple hacks that will change your life in the kitchen forever.
One of the most tedious and time taking tasks I have had to do in the kitchen is peeling garlic. At times it’s annoying and you’d probably throw it in any way, isn’t it? Don’t do that just yet. If you’re chopping them, smash it first with the flat side of the knife for easy peeling and if not, crush a whole garlic right from the center.
Throw the pieces into a mason jar and shake it as hard as possible for 25 seconds and voila, you can easily peel it off now.
Peeling Egg Skin
Like peeling garlic, peeling hard boiled eggs is equally tough especially if that’s your idea of a quick and healthy early morning breakfast. There were times I’d end up breaking the egg in trying to peel it off right but not anymore.
It’s easier than you’d think. All you need to do is give it a bit of a crack, put it in a mason jar and shake it for 10-15 seconds. The shell breaks and frees the white. Wish you knew that earlier, don’t you?
Get The Yolk Out
Continuing on eggs, I guess for bakers a common problem is separating the yolk from the white. Well, it’s actually pretty easy. Get a clean plastic bottle and squeeze the bottle. Now position it over the yolk and let go.
Voila, the yolk slides into the bottle which you can then empty into any pan or dish. It’s simple science. The bottle acts as the suction. No more throwing away eggs anymore, right?
Cleaning A Pan
No, simply rinsing it over and over again or scrubbing it for hours won’t clean it. It only damages the non-stick coating turning the pans into a health hazard. To remove the grease stains or the burnt marks all you need to do is rub it with some salt.
Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then use a dry cloth to get rid of the salt. Once done, rinse it with water and there, your pan’s as clean as you’d like.
Time To Make Lime Juice
Well, I could certainly use some lime juice and I’m sure you’d like a glass too but wait, are the lemons too hard to squeeze or even slice? Can’t find the squeezer? Just throw the lemons into the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
The heat pulls out all the juices making it easier to squeeze. Rolling it works fine too but isn’t as effective as the microwave trick.