Pressed for the time and have to do things quickly in the kitchen? Cooking hacks come to the rescue then and that is the moment you realize the importance of these tricks which your mother told you a long time ago!
So, if you want to whip up a meal, this hackery would help you spend less time in toiling over the heat and more time reaping the foods of your labor (literally!)
Here are 19 time-saving cooking hacks that will make you look like a kitchen pro!
1. Roast The Garlic In Your Microwave
You don’t need to heat up your kitchen for this. Just throw in the garlic (after removing their tops) in a microwave safe dish and drizzle some olive oil, water and seasonings and microwave for 5-7 minutes. You will get good mellow flavor of garlic without the oil splattering everywhere.
2. Microwave Mushrooms Before Cooking
When you keep mushrooms in the microwave for a few minutes, all the excess water gets expelled. This activity cuts your sautéing time to half so, you can enjoy your favorite fungi in little time!
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3. Bake Potatoes In This Way
This recipe to bake your favorite food is as blank slate as it gets. Just wash potatoes and cut them into equal halves and place them on the baking sheet. Sprinkle some sea salt over them and drizzle some olive oil over them and bake them for half an hour at 400 degree.
4. Toss The Pasta In A Frying Pan
A frying pan be a good investment if you eat pasta too often. Instead of spending time to make the pasta in a casserole, use a frying pan. It heats up quickly and is wider. Now you can eat pasta every now and then.
5. Freeze That What Makes You Cry
This is the best hack to keep up your sleeve. Onions are the most widely used ingredient in dishes so, peel and chop your onions, spread them on a tray, cover the tray with an aluminum foil and freeze it for a few hours. And transfer them in a zip-top bag, use it when you want.
6. Stop Mincing Garlic And Ginger
These two Gs are the tastiest but you cannot deny the pain you go through while mincing and chopping them. Spare the knife and Microplane them. It is easier and quicker.
7. Give That Salmon A Taste Of Greek Yogurt
Who doesn’t love an extra tender fish! Just rake through that Greek yogurt and slather some of it on your fish, if you are in the process of making crispy salmon. This makes it easier for the bread crumbs to stick to it.
8. Sweeten Those Green Bananas
You want those aged and tasty brown bananas for a recipe? But the ones in your home are still green? No issues, your microwave can rescue you. Just keep unpeeled bananas in the microwave and keep it for 1-2 minutes.
9. Peel The Hard-Boiled Eggs This Way
Does hard-boiled eggs make a part of your dish? But it is a pain to peel them. Not anymore! Place the hard-boiled eggs in a glass, fill the glass with very little water and shake them, the shell will come out almost immediately without breaking the egg.
10. Shred Chicken Using An Electric Mixer
Instead of using forks, you can shred your chicken using an electric mixer. It is quick and happens in a jiffy. The only thing you need to worry about is that your chicken should be slightly warm while doing this, else it won’t work.
11. Separate The Egg Whites From The Yolks Like This
You freak out at this, as you find the conventional method of separating them way too messy? Try this. Crack the eggs in a container, take any clean plastic bottle and squeeze it above the yolk, it will suck up the yolk and now you can transfer it to another container.
12. Cut Short The Roasting Time On Your Veggies
Now you can save time in roasting your vegetables with this brilliant little life hack. You just need to preheat the baking tray before placing your veggies on them. This will make your veggies crispy from the bottom and you will not have to flip them.
13. Soften Butter In A Jiffy
Ohh, you forgot to keep the butter out of the fridge. No problem. Something as simple as a warm glass can save you. Just pour some hot water in a glass, empty the water out and place it upside down over the frozen butter chunk. You will have soft butter in a minute.
14. Store Those Fluffy Pancakes
What a boring way it is to spend every morning preparing the batter and then tossing pancakes on stove! Why not play smart! Just make extra pancakes on your holidays and store them in airtight containers. Just heat them for 30 seconds when you want to eat them.
15. Hull Your Luscious Berries Like This
You make a lot of effort to remove the hull and stem from those strawberries yet in that process you end up squeezing and wasting a great amount of fruit. Just take a straw and pierce the strawberry through their bottom and push it through.
16. Keep Your Potatoes White With This Elixir
You have chopped the potatoes but want to take a short break from the kitchen? Just to sip some tea or wine? Here is a hack to keep your potatoes white. Just dip your chopped, diced, shredded potatoes in cold water to prevent them from changing color.
17. Peel Your Citrusy Fruits Without Any Mess
Citrusy foods are way to jiggly to be peeled without creating mess. The mighty microwave proves it can do anything, yet again. Just microwave your citrus fruits for half a minute and the peel will come off easily.
18. Perfect Your Potato Wedges
Your apple slicer is resourceful too! It can double up as your potato wedges slicer and give you those symmetric potato wedges in no time. Just use it the way you use it on the apple and voila! You will get perfect potato wedges.
19. Beat The Heat Of The Pepper
If you like your food mildly spiced but wish to add color to your dish, remove the seeds from your hot peppers and make sure to rub salt on the inside and let it sit for five minutes. This way your hot pepper will lose its heat.
So, try these easy cooking hacks the next time you cook! They will convert your battleground into a playground.