Simple kitchen hacks that you need to know!

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and a way to impress a woman is to cook for her. We all need some kitchen skills, and some of us are lucky enough to have grown up with skilled cooks who have given us a few pointers along the way. But, others who only learnt to cook late in life have a lot of catching up to do. We assure you a 10 kitchen hacks that can save the day when you least expect it.

Freeze herbs with oil


Herbs add more flavors to your food and if you like using fresh herbs while cooking, you need to find a way to preserve your stock until you need it. A simple way to solve that is to add fresh herbs and oil in ice cube trays and freeze them. Whenever you need to cook, just add a cube in the pan and you’re good to go.

Refrigerated eggs are easy to peel


Sometimes, boiled eggs are a nightmare to peel when they start cracking, sticking to the shell, or the skin-like layer not coming off the egg. This problem is more evident in fresh eggs. If you leave your eggs in the refrigerator for a few days before boiling them, the shell comes off without putting much effort.

Use a spoon to peel fresh eggs


Suppose, you only have fresh eggs with you and you want to boil them immediately. Add a little salt in the water when boiling and peel using a spoon. Use the spoon to crack one end of the egg and continue using the spoon to peel the egg from the inside out. It’s incredibly quick and simple, resulting in a smooth looking egg.

Wet paper towels help cool bottles faster


After a long day in this hot weather, you may feel like having a cold drink once you get home. If you haven’t already placed water in the fridge during the day, you end up waiting an hour for your drink to get cold enough. Wrapping the bottles in wet paper towels before placing them in the freezer will ensure your drink is cold in minutes.

Easy orange peeling method


Oranges are a good source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C, but being lazy to peel them can make you avoid eating them. The easiest way to peel an orange is to cut off thin slices from the top and bottom of the orange. Then cut a perpendicular line, but not all the way through. You can now stretch out the orange in a long strip.

Peeling garlic in seconds


Peeling garlic is named as the hardest job in the kitchen. There is a simple trick you can use. Take two bowls of the same size. Put the garlic head in one bowl and cover it with the other. Take it in your hands and shake as hard as you can for about a minute. You will find that the skins have separated from the cloves.

Shucking corn in two stepsshucking-corn

Even people who grow corns may not know this trick. Take a corn ear and chop of the end with the stem. Then take it upright with the other end and gently tug on it and you will find that the corn just literally falls right out.

How to tell if an egg is fresh or not


Sometimes, you doubt whether the eggs you have are fresh or not. Even the ‘use by’ date given in supermarket packaging doesn’t help. A simple way to know the freshness of the egg is to put it in a jar filled with water. If the egg sinks and rests on its side, the egg is pretty fresh and safe to eat. If the egg sinks and rests in an upright position, it’s on its last leg and you may want to boil it, just to be safe. But, if the egg floats, it is done and you should just get rid of it.

 Is your baking powder good to use?


Most of the time, baking soda or baking powder doesn’t come with an expiry date. To find out if your baking powder is good to use, mix half a teaspoon of it in water. If it starts bubbling immediately, it’s good to use, if not replace it. For baking soda, add the powder to 2tbsps of vinegar and you should see bubbling. If not, it is not very useful anymore.

Stop water from boiling over


When we boil water, sometimes we tend to forget that we even kept it on the stove. Balancing a wooden spoon across the pot will keep the water from boiling over even when you forget.

These hacks, although simple, can come to the rescue when you want it the most. These tricks will change the way you handle cooking chores.

Shalini Prasad

She has been a content specialist for more than four years. She is a passionate reader and loves to read about Science, Philosophy, History and Psychology. She also enjoys sci-fi books and general fiction.

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