Good kitchen hacks are one of my favourite things. It means a lot to me if you can make my life a little bit simpler.
This week, I’m going to share some of my favourite culinary tips and tricks. Ones I truly use and appreciate. I’ve been using several of these since I was a teenager!
Let’s get started with the hacks!
1 – Removing an Eggshell Fragment
I was sceptical about this hack at first since it sounded too good to be true. It turns out that I was completely wrong!
Using a larger piece of eggshell, sweeping up those annoying fragments is all that is needed. It has a magical quality to it.
2 – Use a Spoon to Skim a Kiwi.
If your kiwi is ripe, this approach works best (not rock hard).
To begin, trim the ends off a kiwi. Spoon beneath the skin of the kiwi and run it around the kiwi, keeping it in contact with the skin as much as possible without breaking through. In no time, the skin will come right off!
You may then cut and serve.
3 – Hands-Free Pouring
Since I was a teen, I’ve been employing this kitchen hack.
It’s time to seal up that zipped container of yours. Keep the bag open and stable while you fill it up!
4 – Neatly Line a Pan with Parchment Paper
Christina from Dessert For Two taught me this.
It might be aggravating to try and fit a piece of parchment paper into a pan. In order to prevent this from happening, flip the pan over and wrap the parchment paper around its perimeter instead of within. A good analogy is to think of it as wrapping a gift. All of the edges should be neatly creased. Flip the pan and the parchment paper over, and you’re ready. The parchment paper will fit neatly after little wiggling and adjustment.
5 – Quickly Soften Butter
There is no need to panic if you forget to take the butter out of the fridge to soften! Cutting it into tiny pieces will help it soften more quickly. If you place it in a warm area in your kitchen, you’ll get extra points!
6 – Bring Eggs to Room Temperature Quickly
When it comes to warming eggs to room temperature, you may do the same thing by placing them in a basin and covering them with warm water. You can prep the remainder of your dish while they rest for around five to ten minutes.
7 – Easily Remove Pomegranate Seeds
As I explained in my Pomegranate 101 piece, using a wooden spoon to extract the pomegranate arils is simple! The first step is to cut your pomegranate in half. Then, with a wooden spoon, hit the back of it while holding it upside-down over a bowl. The seeds are about to sprout!
8 – Evenly Portion Muffin Batter
Using an ice cream scoop, divide muffin batter equally. The type with the trigger release makes it simple to transfer the batter to the muffin tin: there is no need to struggle with a spoon to get the batter out.
9 – Prevent Potatoes from Browning
My mother taught me this skill. Cover the potatoes in cold water to keep them from browning while you peel them. If you refrigerate your potatoes overnight, they may retain more water. In the case of mashed potatoes, however, the flavour difference will be imperceptible. So those are a few of my tried-and-true culinary hacks. I’d love to hear from you if you have any tips or tricks of your own!