36 Clever Kitchen Tricks And Tips That Are Real Time-Savers
1. You can tell how ripe an avocado is by popping off the stem and checking the color underneath.
If it’s yellow or green, you’re good to go. If it’s brown, the avocado is too ripe. (If it doesn’t come off easily, it’s not ripe enough.)
2. Chopping herbs? Use a pizza cutter!
3. Impress your guests with crystal-clear ice cubes:
4. Use an apple cutter to cut potatoes into wedges quickly.
5. If you crack eggs on a flat surface instead of on the edge of a bowl, they will open more cleanly:
6. You can fish eggshells out of eggs easily by wetting your fingers first.
7. Here’s how long to boil your eggs just the way you like them:
8. Or go totally crazy and BAKE your eggs. It takes a bit longer (30 minutes at 350ºF), but the result is a much creamier — and much less smelly — hard-boiled egg.
By the way, a muffin tin is perfect for baking your eggs.
You’ll find all the tricks here.
9. If you get distracted and the water keeps boiling over while you’re cooking pasta, simply lay a wooden spoon on the pot.
10. Use a small glass with a little water in it to peel your hard-boiled egg quickly and easily.
See how in this video.
11. If that’s a little too exciting for you, just sprinkle ½teaspoon of baking soda into the boiling water. The finished egg will peel like a dream.
12. Keep your knives in a knife block? Turn the blades to face up and they won’t dull as quickly.
13. Here’s a little tip for peeling mangoes without getting mango all over the place:
14. And here’s how to remove the stem of a strawberry simply and elegantly:
15. If you wrap the tops of bananas in cling wrap, they will last three to five days longer.
16. Place an apple in with your potatoes to keep them from sprouting.
17. This may sound like absolute madness, but sprinkle a little salt and/or cinnamon into your ground coffee before brewing.
Salt helps cut the bitter flavor of the coffee, and adding cinnamon will change your life completely.
18. Okay, back to the avocado. Here’s the easiest way in the world to get that stubborn pit out.
19. And while you’re at it, just go ahead and slice it up in the shell, and use a spoon to scoop out your perfectly cut pieces.
20. And if you need to store them, let them cozy up to some lemon slices to keep them from going brown.
21. Cut cherry tomatoes and other small fruits and veggies in one slice by gently pressing them between two plates.
22. Warming up leftovers in the microwave? Place a half-full glass of water in there so that your food won’t get dry.
23. Oh, and by the way…you’ve been cutting watermelon wrong this whole time:
24. And I don’t know how this took us so long to figure out, but it’s actually incredibly easy to slice a pepper without seeds going everywhere:
25. Here’s an entirely fuss-free way to make scrambled eggs:
26. If you prefer to use the pan, add a little bit of cornstarch to your eggs. They’ll scramble up real smooth and in no time at all.
Find all the details here.
27. Speaking of eggs, don’t forget about the mother of all kitchen hacks:
28. But to tell you the truth, this works a lot better:
(It’s best with wet fingers.)
29. You can check how fresh an egg is by dropping it in some water:
The egg on the left is very fresh, the one in the middle is about a week old, and the one on the right is nearly three weeks old. You can do the same thing with a glass of water and a pair of eyeballs.
30. Cook with stock instead of water to give your food a much richer taste.
31. You can use baking soda to make meat more tender when cooking and frying.
See why here.
32. Putting ice cubes in wine is gross, especially when they melt and water everything down. Use frozen grapes instead.
33. Want the perfect sandwich? Try to toast two slices of bread in one toaster slot for perfectly crisp outsides and soft, delicious insides. (But be careful!)