We know, we know the coronavirus has you spending a lot more time at home than you used to. Well, you’re not alone. As people are now practicing “social distancing” and looking forward to new hobbies and activities, the majority of them have ended up in the kitchen to try out different recipes. And indeed, without a doubt, cooking has proven to be entertaining as well as therapeutic.
So, whether you’re new to the kitchen or are an expert home chef, you can never learn enough cooking tips and tricks because there are just so many. And honestly, who doesn’t want to save some time?
Today, we’ve compiled a list of a few cooking hacks that you can learn to ease up your cooking and bring out the best of flavors. Let’s get started!
Shred chicken in a jiffy
Shredding boiled chicken breasts can be a daunting task, and especially when it’s super hot. Just use a potato masher or put the chicken in a stand mixer and see the magic happen!
2. Cook the creamiest scrambled eggs
This may sound weird, but adding a dollop of mayonnaise to your egg mixture will make your scrambled eggs smooth. Pro tip: Use butter instead of oil to fry your eggs
3. Use your oven to proof your doughs
Did you know that the temperature of the kitchen plays a vital role in proofing? Next time, try putting your day in the oven (switched off) by placing a pan of simmering water below your dough. The warmth and humidity from the hot water will help you get the lift you need.
4. Peel potatoes with ease
Forget the peeler and your blunt knife! To easily peel potatoes, score the center of the spuds using a knife and boil them for 15 minutes. One done, put them in an ice bath. The skins will come off quickly!
5. Soften butter instantly
Who hates hardened butter? Well, the easiest way to soften it is to cut the butter into cubes and let it sit for about 20 minutes. The smaller pieces will soften up faster than a whole block or stick.
6. Prevent mixing bowls from slipping
When mixing, bowls often tend to move. So, to prevent them from slipping, place a damp towel under your mixing bowl. Even the professionals use this trick!
7. Stop cheese from sticking on the grater
Cheese sticking to your grater can be very messy and highly infuriating. The next time you grate your cheese, oil your grater to prevent the cheese from sticking.
8. Cut the perfect cakes slices
We all love perfectly cut cake slices. To cut a slice with sheer perfection, dip the knife into hot water, wipe it off with a dry towel and slice through!
9. Save you salty dishes
Added too much salt in your food, and it is barely edible? Well, add in a few wedges of raw apple and potato and simmer it for 10 minutes.
10. Sharpen your knives the right way
All you need is a plate or a bowl. The steps are simple. All you have to do is flip over the plate, run the edge of the knife along the rough edge of the plate at a 20-degree angle, repeat on the other side, and then rinse with water.
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