10 Cool Food Hacks That Can Open Up a Whole New World for You
It is said that there are more than 2,000 varieties of fruits around the world, and chances are we don’t know most of them. There are also many things about our favorite products that might be right under our noses that we tend to ignore. We are here today to take a dive into our favorite foods and see how many things we actually don’t know about them.
Bright Side has compiled a list of very useful food hacks and knowledge charts that will make your time in the kitchen and the grocery store much easier.
1. “I just think the life cycle of a strawberry is neat.”
Strawberries start from little seeds that are put in the ground either in late winter or spring. A few months later, around early fall, the first seedlings are established. 2 to 3 years after they have been planted, they are at their peak, producing many strawberries. However, about 3 years later, the plant dies, and you have to throw in new seeds.
2. A detailed cookie guide
There are a few problems that people often face when baking cookies. They can have too much or too little flour, too much of a rising agent, or the absence of one key ingredient. One major mistake people make is not chilling the dough before baking, something that happens in cookies that spread.
3. How to choose the best watermelon
Ripe watermelons usually have a field spot, which is a discolored patch indicating where the fruit was lying on the ground. The color of the patch should be a creamy yellow, not white or slightly yellow. Also, the stem should look very dry, like it’s about to drop, along with a dark yellow/brown color.
4. The correct way to cut a lime
There are many wrong and right ways you can cut a lime, and one of the correct ways is cutting it in 3 parts. So, instead of doing the classic middle cut, try cutting it into 3 pieces. This will help you get out most of the juice.
5. What you really eat when you buy cocoa praline
Cocoa praline is one of the most popular spreads around the world, and different brands have created their own products. However, some of the most popular brands contain very little chocolate and an extreme amount of sugar and palm oil.
6. How to measure rice with your finger
With this method, all you’ll need is the knuckle of one of your fingers. Simply rinse the rice as you normally would, then add water until it fills up to your knuckle. That’s how you know that you have enough water to boil your rice.
7. Knowing how you want your meat cooked
There are different ways people can enjoy their meat, and you need to be aware of what you prefer before ordering at a restaurant. First, we have bleu, which is a traditional French method where cold meat is placed over a high fire for a very short time. Then there is rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well done.
8. Knowing which apple is the sweetest
There are lots of different kinds of apples out there, depending on where you are on the planet. Most apples are known to be sweet and very flavorful, while some are quite sour and not popular amongst most people. So it’s always helpful to know what you’re buying when picking them up at the store.
9. There isn’t just one type of onion.
There are quite a few onion types out there, and some of the most popular are scallions, spring onions, white onions, yellow onions, red onions, and shallots. They all have their very own distinct flavor and are used in a variety of ways for different dishes and creations.
10. Knowing your cheesecakes
Cheesecake is one of the most loved desserts around the world, and many countries have created their own styles of it. For example, the New York-style cheesecake is known for being creamy and very flavorful since it’s baked in water. Then we have the Japanese souffle cheesecake, which is as light as a cloud. We also have the very unique basque cheesecake, which is also baked and burnt at the top on purpose in order to create a distinct layer.
What did you learn today that you’ll use for the rest of your life, making things better when it comes to dealing with food?