20 Cooking Tips That Can Save Your Time and Nerves
From time to time, we all face different insignificant issues while cooking. A piece of eggshell that gets in the batter or a piece of beef that you forgot to take out of the freezer to defrost for dinner can easily spoil your mood. In this article, we’ve collected some tips that can help you avoid these and many other problems while cooking.
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20. Perfect fried eggs
After you crack an egg, cut the white along the line of the yolk so that the white spreads evenly. Cover a frying pan with a lid and get perfect fried eggs with firm whites and a runny yolk.
19. Another egg recipe
Spill 1-2 tbsp of water on the edge of the rim of a frying pan and cover it with a lid. The water will turn into steam and cook the tops of the eggs. The whites and the yolks will remain liquid.
18. The perfect marination
Experienced cooks recommend marinating meat or fish in bags so that the marinade covers the whole product evenly. A vacuum sealing machine will make the process even quicker but if you don’t have one, you can use a simple straw: just suck the air out through it.
17. Fried chicken just like KFC’s
To make the chicken breading just like the kind at KFC, add some oats to the crumbs.
16. How to keep a cutting board from slipping
To keep a cutting board from slipping, cooks recommend to put a wet towel under it, wrap your hand with a few layers of a plastic wrap, take off the resulting ring, and put 4 of them under each angle of your cutting board.
15. Roast potatoes without any oil.
Experienced cooks recommend this method:
- Parboil potatoes and cut them into pieces.
- Mix some plain flour, crushed garlic, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl.
- Put your potatoes in the bowl and shake it so they are all coated in the mixture.
- Bake in the oven.
14. Oatmeal porridge without cooking
If you pour some milk in a bowl with oatmeal porridge and put it in the fridge in the evening, by the morning time, you’ll have a porridge that you can heat up and eat.
13. What you should remember about knives
Experienced cooks confirm: the sharper a knife is, the safer it is.
- A dull knife is more likely to slip rather than cut smoothly.
- A sharp knife requires much less pressure to cut into an item.
To keep your knife from dulling, don’t cut products on glass cutting boards or plates and never cut salt — it damages the blade’s edge.
12. Getting cappuccino foam without using any necessary equipment
To froth milk for a cup of cappuccino, you don’t need a coffee machine. Here are 2 easy methods:
- Pour the milk in a jar with a lid and shake it (don’t forget that the amount of milk will increase). Then you microwave it for 30 seconds to stabilize the foam so that it gets firm. Then you’ll be able to put it in your coffee.
- Heat the milk in the microwave oven and shake it with the help of a French press.
11. How to thaw a frozen steak without a microwave oven in 5 minutes
To thaw an average-sized steak in 5 minutes you’ll need:
- 2 metal pots
Turn over one of the pots and put a steak at the bottom. Place another pot right on the steak and pour water in it. In 5 minutes, your steak will be defrosted.
This trick can easily be explained. Metals conduct heat really well, so if you just put meat on an aluminum surface, it’ll be thawed faster. The other water weighted pot expands the contact area between the meat and the warm surface and the process speeds up.
10. How to easily peel eggs
Before boiling eggs, add some baking soda or vinegar to the water. Both substances get inside the eggshell and make the process of peeling way easier.
9. How to soften butter quickly
- Put a stick of butter between 2 pieces of baking paper and roll it using a rolling pin until the butter is about 1/4 of an inch thick. Such a method is great if you need soft but not kindled butter.
- Put the piece of butter together with a glass of cold water in the microwave for 30 seconds. This trick will allow you to spread butter on bread really easily.
8. How to peel any citrus fruit quickly
If you don’t like to peel oranges, lemons, and tangerines, this tip is just what you need. Place a citrus fruit in the microwave oven and heat it for 20 seconds. Now it will be really easy to peel your fruit!
7. How to cool oversoftened butter
For baking, we usually need soft but not melted butter. And it’s really easy to make a mistake. In this case, you have to take a cup filled with ice and put butter in it. Stir the substance with a spoon and let the ice melt.
6. How to remove bitterness from cucumbers
An organic compound called cucurbitacin is responsible for the bitterness. It tends to concentrate in the stems and roots but in stressful situations (like with lack of water or excessive heat), it appears in the cucumber peel. To get rid of the bitterness, you have to cut a cucumber from both sides. Then place the cut piece back on the cucumber and start rubbing the flat ends together. Soon, a white foamy substance will appear and you have to keep rubbing until the cucumber stops producing foam. Then repeat on the other end and wash the cucumber.
5. Spaghetti carbonara without cream
Here’s a no-cream spaghetti carbonara recipe:
- Cook pasta and fry the pancetta (chicken or bacon).
- Put the pasta in a frying pan, add some water where you cooked the spaghetti, turn off the oven, and add egg yolks (2 yolks for 1 person).
- Stir the yolks and the water so that a smooth cream substance appears.
- Don’t forget about the grated hard cheese.
4. Making meringues in the microwave
After cooking carbonara, you may want to use the egg whites for something else. For example, you can cook meringues in your microwave oven. In contrast to the classic recipe, you don’t need to take care of the temperature.
You’ll need 1 egg white and 7 oz (200 g) of powdered sugar. Mix the sugar and the egg white together until a thick, sticky substance forms.
Roll dough into meringues on a paper towel or disposable cupcake liners. Microwave them for about 1 minute (the amount of time depends on your microwave oven). Then let meringues “sit” for about 1 minute.
3. A “nozzle” for a mixer
If you whip something in an open bowl, you may want to use a paper plate to protect your kitchen from splashes.
2. A natural flavor enhancer
Mix equal amounts of sugar and salt in warm water so that you can’t tell whether the water is salty or sweet when you try it. This mixture is really good for chicken or rice.
1. Dental floss that cuts products
To cut soft products like mozzarella or cakes that can easily be damaged with a knife, you can use unflavored dental floss.
Do you have any tricks that save you effort, time, and nerves when you cook?