I get so excited when I find a new cooking tip to make my life easier. I usually think to myself” I should of already knew that”, but its great to be reminded and learn from other home chefs experience. I have gathered together 25 GREAT tips, that will hopefully help your cooking adventure!!!
1. A roast with a bone in will cook faster than a boneless roast because the bone carries the heat to the inside of the roast.
2. For a juicer hamburger add cold water to the beef before grilling. ( 1/2 cup to 1 pound of meat).
3. Let raw potatoes stand in cold water for at least a half an hour before frying to improve the crispness of the french fry.
4. Lettuce keeps better if you store in the fridge without washing first so that the leaves are dry. Wash right before using.
5. Microwave a lemon or lime for 15 seconds and double the juice you get before squeezing.
6. Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off.
7. Rescue stale or soggy chips or cracker; Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spread the chips or crackers in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool, then seal in a plastic bag.
8. A dampened paper towel or terry cloth brushed downward on a cob of corn will remove every strand of corn silk.
9. A simple way to sharpen kitchen shears; cut a piece of steel wool.
10. Marinate chicken in buttermilk to tenderize.
11. Cookie dough can be frozen up to three months in an airtight container or refrigerated 3 to 4 days.
12. To make lighter and fluffier mashed potatoes, add a pinch or tow of baking powder to the potatoes before whipping.
13. Before opening a package of bacon, roll it. This helps separate the slices for easy removal of individual slices.
14. Bread will stay fresh longer if a celery stalk is stored with it in the package.
15. Use paper bags rather than plastic to store lettuce and celery in the crisper. They will stay fresh longer.
16. Keep popcorn fresh and encourages more kernels to pop by storing in the freezer.
17. If you only need a 1/2 an onion, save the root half. It will last longer.
18. Chefs pound meat not to tenderize it but to help the meat cook more evenly,
19. Two drops of yellow food coloring added to boiling noodles will make them look homemade.
20. Cheese won’t harden if you butter the exposed edges before storing.
21. If you have a problem opening jars; Try using latex dishwashing gloves.
22. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
23. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
24. When mincing garlic, sprinkle a little salt on the pieces and it won’t stick to your knife or cutting board.
25. When working with dough, don’t flour your hands; coat them with non stick spray to prevent sticking.
Well, I hope these tips help!