The kitchen can be both heavens (as amazing dishes are prepared here) and hell (as all the messes, odors and pile-ups occur here) at the same time. What we will try to do today is make your life in the kitchen as easy and stress-free as possible by teaching you a few easy but time-saving, as well as lifesaving hacks in the kitchen taken from a wide variety of sources.
So here are 11 simple but extremely clever kitchen hacks that will simplify your life in the kitchen by reducing your cleaning, prepping as well as cooking time in the kitchen.
1. Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs Made Easy
Eggs which are hard boiled are always the healthiest and best on-the-go snacks but peeling them can be a nightmare if they are not boiled in the right way. The solution to your frustration is simply salt and vinegar. Just add 1 tsp of salt or 2 tsp of white vinegar to the boiling water. Either of the ingredients if added to the water will help the shells come off easily and also prevent missing chunks of egg whites which get torn along with the stubborn to peel eggshells. Instead, you will end up with eggs that are perfectly boiled and quick and easy to peel.
2. Reducing Fat and Grease from Cooked Food
Your efforts of cutting, slicing and dicing in making a MasterChef style soup will all come to naught if you accidentally drop some extra oil into the cooking pot by mistake or utilize some extra butter while frying those veggies. The cooked soup will now be swimming with excess oil and grease. A quick way to get rid of the excess oil is to wrap some ice cubes in a paper towel and use it to wipe over the top of the cooked soup. The ice will attract the unwanted oil and grease like a magnet, and the paper towel will soak it all up.
3. Boiling Pasta Without Overflowing of Foam
If you are boiling pasta and do not wish to keep a watch, just place a wooden spoon or spatula over the top and relax. The wood will stop the foam from overflowing over the top of the pot and avoid the creation of a sizzling mess.
4. Getting Rid of Bad Hand Odors
Fish, onion and garlic smelled amazing when chopped and tossed in a pan full of appetizing ingredients but the after-smell that lingers on your hands is quite unpleasant. Rub your hands with a mixture of lemon juice, salt and water and the unpleasant smells will disappear almost magically. This remedy can be used for cleaning kitchen sponges and other articles too. Remember to grab some lemon juice, salt, and water if you ever get smelly in the kitchen.
5. Keeping Stainless Steel Kitchenware Shiny, Bright As Well As Stain Free
The most aesthetic to use and flaunt in the kitchen is the stainless steel cookware which unfortunately is not so easy to clean, shine and maintain all year round. The trick to overcoming this problem is to wash them in a mixture of vinegar and water. For better results leave the utensils overnight in the mixture. Do make sure to wipe them dry completely to keep them looking shiny and new.
6. Keeping Bananas Fresh for a Longer Time
Separate the bananas from each other to keep them fresh for longer. You can even place them in the fridge to slow them from ripening.
7. Giving A Thorough Cleaning to A Cast Iron Frying Pan
In order to prevent rusting, remember to clean the cast iron pan immediately after cooking. Use a stiff sponge or brush along with hot water. Salt can be used to remove leftover residue and round off with an oil coated paper towel to wipe both inside and outside of the pan.
8. Preserving Cooking Herbs
Herbs are great to add to anything and everything but spoil quickly even in the fridge. To increase its lifespan, one can freeze them in an ice tray, which will also keep its vitamin content intact.
9. Cutting Onions Without Crying
Before chopping the pungent vegetable, place the onions in the freezer for 30 minutes (not recommended for salads), this would stop the sulfoxides in the onion from converting into the gases which sting the eyes and create the tears.
10. Peeling Citrus Fruits Effortlessly
Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C and most popular in salads, drinks and other foods especially in the summertime but are unfortunately a pain to peel. Putting them in a microwave for 20 seconds can make them far easier to peel.
11. Keeping Cookies Tasting Delicious, Fresher and Moister For Longer
Store the cookies with a slice of bread in an airtight container to keep them fresh and incredibly soft.
There you have it, 11 insanely smart kitchen hacks to make your cooking adventures a piece of cake. Do let us know which hack you enjoyed the most in the comments down below!