Time spent in the kitchen can sometimes be very exhausting, but also fulfilling when you round up with pots filled with tasty meals.
To make kitchen times stress-free, knowing a few hacks off the top of your head is a life essential that’ll save you a lot of troubles and make coking faster and easier.
Here are 7 amazing hacks you should totally try when you find yourself in a fix:
1. Preventing Onion-Induced Tears
This is one of the scariest parts of cooking, and sometimes, it feels like you should ditch the onions and cook meals like that.
But, do you really want to miss the nice taste or nutritional benefits that come with onions?
To prevent onion-induced tears, try the simple hack of freezing your onions before chopping. For this trick to be effective, ensure you freeze it at least 30 minutes before cooking.
Also, don’t subject your onions to this treatment if you want to make a salad with them or they’ll lose their crunch.
2. Defrost Butter Quickly
If you leave your butter refrigerated, then you’ll be able to relate with waiting for hours when you’re in the mood for some good ol’ fashioned bread and butter or when you need to do a little baking.
It gets worse when you’re in a hurry.
If you need to soften butter quickly, put a glass of water in the microwave and heat it up a bit.
Then pour the water out, and place the glass over a piece of butter.
Under the glass, the butter will start melting after a few minutes, making it easy for use.
Other simple tricks include grating the frozen butter with a grater or cutting it into about eight pieces.
More surface area will allow it to soften more rapidly.
3. Remove Unpleasant Cooking Smell from your Hands
Cooking is sometimes not all rosy.
One of the most annoying things that come with it is the after smell it leaves in our hands. This is usually caused by ingredients with unpleasant smell, including garlic, onions and many others.
One simple trick to remove stubborn garlic or onion odours is to rub table salt or lemon juice into your hands and rinse with water.
4. Taking out Excess Fat from Foods
No matter how good you are in the kitchen, you’ve at one point used either too much or too little ingredients. After all, no one is perfect.
What do you do at that point when it looks like you’ve prepared a pot of food that has more oil than necessary? First, get some ice cubes and a paper towel. Wrap the ice in the towel and wipe it over the top of the food. The ice will act as a magnet, drawing floating fat towards it to congeal on the tissue.
5. Keep Pots from Boiling Over
How do you handle it when starchy foods like rice boil over and make a mess of your pot and cooking gas? We’re double sure you just leave it to boil and end up cleaning up the whole mess.
Prevent over boiling and avoid extra chores by placing a wooden spoon or stirrer over the top of your pot. Because wood is not a good material for conducting heat, it ensures the hot water strays away from the handle and stops the foam from going over the edge.
6. Prevent Eggs from Splitting while Boiling
Everyone hates the annoying moment when you’re craving for eggs and you go ahead to boil some, but they get cracked during the boiling process and come out looking unattractive. It really does make one lose appetite.
Did you know it’s possible to seal up cracked eggs while they are boiling? The simple trick is to boil your eggs with salt. Salt in your water can minimize the mess if your egg leaks out of the shell from a small crack, making the cracked egg easier to open.
This simple trick also helps solidify the proteins within the egg.