For some, spending time in the kitchen is a nuisance already. Chef’s can easily spend over an hour preparing a meal for their family or friends. You want to get in, get out and then eat as quickly as possible. Fortunately, here are the must-know tips and tricks that can slay extra time in the kitchen, allowing you to get to eating, and living quicker.
1. Peeling Garlic
Possibly the most useful; first start by separating the cloves and laying them all on the cutting board. Using the flat side of a large knife, smash each clove one by one and it will break the skin making it effortless to slide off.
2. Quicker Ice Cubes
Thank science for this one! Boiling water freezes quicker than cold water. Just be careful when pouring.
3. Juicier Lemons & Limes
To get the most out of your citrus fruits, place them on the counter and use some pressure with your palm to roll them out. This will release the juices and loosen the skin making it easier to extract.
4. More Flavorful Spices
Called “blooming”, if you let your spice mixture simmer in low-heat oil for a few minutes, it will bring out the flavors more intensely. Even with desserts.
5. Refresh Stale Bread
If you don’t feel like making croutons or french toast, theres a way to make your bread fresh again. Add a celery stalk in the bag, seal it up and leave it overnight. The bread will soak up the moisture from the celery and in the morning it will be as fresh as new. Also, celery has a very mild flavor so it won’t affect the taste of the bread.
6. Cherry Tomato Slicing
Especially if you’re preparing for a large amount of people, cutting these baby tomatoes are a hassle. All you have to do is hold them between two container tops to keep them still, and just slice through until you reach the other side.
7. Prevent Rotting Vegetables
Humidity is what causes molding and rotting in our veggies. To prevent that, just wrap them in paper towels and line the bottoms of your vegetable drawer with them. This will soak up any extra moisture that can lead to decay.