Cooking meals at home has some barriers to entry that aren’t easy to get past.
Stocking your pantry, having the right tools, and being confident enough to follow recipes are just a few of the issues staring wannabe home chefs in the face. Thankfully, there are some clever ways to overcome common kitchen woes (and you’re going to love how simple they are)!
1. When storing warm leftovers, leave a corner of the container open to vent.
The temperature of the food will lower more quickly, reducing the likelihood of bacteria forming in the warm, moist food.
2. A solution of white vinegar and water is awesome at cleaning up the kitchen.
3. Defrost items (that aren’t meat) by using a blow-dryer.
4. If you want to cut meat into thin slices, freeze it for 1-2 hours before you cut it.
5. You can remove the smell of garlic from your hands by rubbing them against stainless steel.
A spoon or sink should do the trick!
6. Cook popcorn in the microwave with a bowl and a plate, no unhealthy chemicals needed!
Just microwave it for a couple of minutes (or until the popping stops). Flavor and salt as you please!
7. When cooking rice, add enough water so that the levels are a knuckle distance apart.
I.e., if the rice is at your first knuckle on your finger, the water level should be at the second knuckle.
8. You can use a George Foreman grill or panini press to make omelettes, hassle-free.
9. When reheating food, cover with a damp towel to prevent the microwave from drying the leftovers out.
10. Poke holes in potatoes and microwave them for about 4 minutes before baking or frying them.
It’ll reduce cooking time!
11. When you cut an onion, chill it for 30 minutes, cut vertically, peel, and leave the root intact. Voila, no tears!
12. When using measuring cups for something sticky, coat them in oil first.
13. Froth milk in the microwave by adding it to a mason jar, shaking for 30 seconds, then microwaving for 30 seconds.
14. Coat fruit in flour before you add it to any batter.
15. Flatten meat before you freeze it to reduce defrosting time.
16. As you cook, toss your scraps and garbage in the same container to make the clean-up process easier.
17. Cutting vegetables and meat diagonally should make them cook faster.
18. You don’t need to cook pasta before baking it in the oven…see the dry pasta recipe here.
19. Make and blend batter in a blender to make your life easier.
20. CLEAN AS YOU GO…facing a monster pile of dishes at the end of the meal is worse than being tidy the entire time.
21. Cook pasta faster by using a bigger pot, adding salt to the water, and covering it with a lid.
There’s nothing to fear in the kitchen when you have these kinds of tricks up your sleeve!