Whether you’re a professional chef, just enjoy cooking for leisure activity, or simply only cook because you literally have to, virtually everyone can benefit from helpful tricks in the kitchen. And, don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional to pull many small little hacks off. A lot of them are incredibly easy to do. In fact, for many of them, you’ll wonder why you never thought of doing them in the first place. So let’s have a little fun and show off some time-saving cooking hacks.
Removing those pesky eggshells
Many meals will require the use of eggs as an essential ingredient. As you know, to use eggs, you first need to crack them open from their shells. While this works wonderfully most of the time, you’ve probably had occasions where some of the shells fall into the bowl. It can certainly be a pain to then try to get the small pieces of the shell out. Well, try this one out. Before you attempt to do it, rinse your fingers under cold water. The wetness of your fingers will help you to grab the white shells more easily.
An easy way to soften butter
Several recipes will call for soft (not melted) butter. It’s important to abide by the directions, as melted butter will change the properties of how certain things cook. But if you keep your butter in the fridge, what’s the best way to soften it? Doing so in the microwave can be risky, as it doesn’t take long for the butter to begin melting. A better option is to utilize your stove. While the stove is preheating, place the butter in a bowl on top of it. The heat that’s generated from the stove will help to soften the butter.
A trick to cool your coffee down
Though most of you probably enjoy your coffee warm, it’s hard to drink it when it’s scorching hot. Early in the morning when you’re in a rush to get to work, you may not have time to cool it down. Going with ice or cold water will also dilute the natural flavor of the coffee. But, what if the ice was actually coffee? It sounds crazy, but before you go to bed, place some coffee in your ice trays. In the morning, you’ll have frozen coffee cubes that you can place in your hot coffee to cool it down quickly.
Keep your cake fresh for days
Cake is not something that most of us eat often. It’s usually best for special occasions. However, during those occasions, you’ll typically have a lot of leftovers. Keeping cake fresh is not too hard, though, and all you need is a couple of pieces of bread. Much like you use bread to keep brown sugar from hardening up, bread can effectively keep the cake moist.
Somewhat instant mashed potatoes
There has to be a way, right? How do you make potatoes quicker without resorting to actual instant potatoes? The solution is to utilize your microwave. Cook some actual potatoes inside for roughly seven-to-eight minutes. Once you take them out, you’ll be able to mash them down. They may not taste as amazing as they would if cooked with different methods, but they’ll still be pretty darn tasty.
Well, there you have it. Isn’t it amazing how creative some people can get in the kitchen? There truly is no one right way to cook, so you too can start brainstorming how to achieve different tasks while cooking. If nothing else, it can be fun to try new ways to do something.