Working your way around the kitchen can be confusing and hard. But, with these kitchen and cooking hacks, you’ll convince everyone around you that you’re a professional chef. Follow these easy hacks to make cooking a breeze.
Learn How To Reheat Properly
No one likes soggy pizza because you don’t know how to reheat pizza correctly. This hack is amazing because it will teach you how to have fresh pizza for days after you initially order it. Never give your guests soggy pizza again.
It’s All In The Water
If you have to microwave your pizza, be sure to put a glass of water into the microwave at the same time. The water will act as a source of hydration and will take all of the moisture out of the pizza as it reheats. This hack will make your pizza less soggy and will leave it just as crispy as the day before.
Cutting Board Hack
Cutting boards and cutting vegetables can actually be way more tricky than you imagine. Not only is it frustrating to cut vegetables and cheese on a cutting board which slips and slides, but it is also be dangerous. Use this hack to prevent an accidental cut.
Damp Paper Towels
The trick to a sturdy cutting board is actually using damp paper towels. Lay a thin layer of damp paper towels under your cutting board so there is a friction layer between the board and the surface it’s laying on. Your cutting board won’t move an inch with this hack.
Salt Lids Can Be Used For More Than Just Salt
The best place to keep your coffee and sugar is actually in a mason jar. This is because mason jars can be closed tightly without much air. Air in your jars can actually age the taste of the coffee or sugar. But, adding a salt lid can make pouring coffee and sugar just a little easier.
It’ll Make Your Coffee Perfection
This hack will ensure that you’re not adding too much sugar into your beverage. Cut the top off of a salt jar and place it on top of a mason jar with glue or with tape. This will allow you to pour the contents of the mason jar through the salt lid to easily control how much you are pouring.
Aerate Wine With A Blender
Everyone knows two dollar wine is a great investment, but some can also taste more like grape juice than wine. Don’t feel like you have to buy hundred dollar wine from France to impress your guests. Learn this hack to have delicious and inexpensive wine.
The Blender Is The Key
To give your cheap wine an aerated taste, pour your favorite wine into your blender at high speed for 30 seconds. The more oxygen that is present in the wine will help with the taste of the actual beverage, and the speed of the blender will help. Another trick is to pour wine in between two large pitchers fifteen times. This will also add more oxygen to the beverage.
Ceramics Can Straighten Your Knives
Sometimes knives will appear to get more dull over time, simply because they are not straight enough. The bend in the knife that can happen with use will decrease efficiency when trying to get a perfect cut. This method will straighten out your knives.
Rub It On A Mug
To straighten your knives, run the blade against the rough portion of the bottom of a ceramic object, such as a mug or bowl. The key to having great knives is to use this hack at least once every six months. This hack will add two years to your knife’s lifespan.
Wine and Cheese
Cheese and wine are staples for a friendly get-together. But, you might not realize that wine and cheese taste extremely different when put together in various pairings. Never leave your guests with a bad taste in their mouth by pairing a white wine with the wrong type of cheese.
The best way to pair off wines and cheeses is to remember one simple rule. The rule of thumb is to always pair a soft cheese with a white wine, and a hard cheese with a red wine. Even though it’s plain and simple, this rule will save you from over-thinking and narrow down your choices.
Wooden Spoons Can Stop Over Flowing Pots
The reason hacks are so magical is that they usually involve things that you already have around the house. Anytime that you are boiling water on your stove top, place a wooden spoon across the top of your pot to prevent overflow.
The Science Behind This Amazing Hack
The science behind this hack states the wood will break all of the bubbles before they can overflow out of the pot. Wood is also a natural material which absorbs water, and a wooden spoon will absorb any mositure which might overflow. Be sure to keep changing the wooden spoon because as it heats up, this hack will become ineffective.
Cookie Cutter Whipped Cream
Cookie cutters can be used for more than just cookies and other sweet treats. This hack will amaze your guests and even your children! You’ll be able to decorate any hot chocolate with this garnish like a professional barista.
This hack only uses whipped cream and cookie cutters, but will definitely upgrade your current hot cocoa game. Try out this hack during the holidays to impress any company you might have during the season. Simply place cookie cutters onto a metal cookie sheet and fill them with whipped cream. Next, place the metal cookie sheet into the freezer for up to two hours and you will have frozen whipped cream!
Add Water To Your Stale Bread
Bread goes bad super fast. It’s not because there is anything wrong with the bread, it’s just a simple fact of nature. If you don’t want your bread to be crunchy, then try out this hack which only requires water.
Don’t Just Pour The Water On Through
The trick is to add just the right amount of water. First start by placing the loaf of bread sideways underneath the faucet and let water drip over the bread. Don’t drown the bread, just let it drip on top of the loaf. After thirty seconds, wrap the damp loaf completely in tin foil and heat in the oven at 200 degrees. This trick will get your bread fluffy in no time.
How To Make Amazing Taco Shells
The problem with taco night is not the tacos themselves, but the shells. Hard taco shells either add nothing to the flavor or are incredibly expensive at the grocery store. To save a dollar, but also to make an amazing dinner, follow this genius hack.
Use Soft Shells
Instead of buying hard taco shells, purchase your favorite brand of soft tacos or tortillas. Place the tortillas over prongs in the oven rack so they begin to look like hard taco shells. Bake the tortillas in the oven at 200 degrees for five to seven minutes and you’ll have your own hard tacos for half the price.
Stainless Steel Can Help With Smells
This hack might seem a little strange, but trust us, it works. If you have been using garlic in the kitchen, the smell seems to linger around and underneath your fingernails for what seems like weeks on end. Don’t live with garlic hands! Test out this rubbing hack.
Stainless Steel Does the Trick
Did you know that rubbing your hands against stainless steel can actually get rid of an awful garlic smell? It’s true. The science behind this hack is that the ions on a stainless steel spoon or pan will bind with the sulfuric compounds in garlic. The ions will virtually lift off the garlic smell from your hands. Be sure to always do this under cold water, which will speed up the reaction.
Apple Slicer For Potatoes
Potatoes are literally the worst. They never seem to cook just right and they’re either too hard, or come out mushy. The main problem most people have with potatoes is cutting them. Try out this hack to cut your potatoes just the right size.
Why The Apple Slicer Is The Best
Using an apple slicer to cut a potato is one of the best hacks you can find. Not only is this hack easier on your hands, but it will cut your potato into a more manageable size. By using the apple slicer, the potato is cut into wedges, making it easier to make those deep fried treats.
How To Cut Multiple Tomatoes At Once
Chefs know that cherry tomatoes are crazy difficult to cut. The fruit is way too hard to cut using a heavier knife because the tomato becomes squished. Try out using two plates and a knife to cut your teeny tomatoes.
You’ll Need A Serrated Knife
First, you’re going to need a serrated knife, which is a long knife with indents instead of a straight blade. This will help with cutting the small items. You will also need two deli top container lids or flat surfaces to place above and below your cherry tomatoes. The friction of the lids above and below the tomatos will keep them in place so you can cut many different cherry tomatos with one fell swoop.
Everyone who has ever made pasta knows how difficult it is to judge the amount of spaghetti you should add to your boiling water. It always seems like you either add too much or too little, which can ruin your portions. Never have this problem again by using these ratios.
Luckily There’s a Trick
If you are making rice, be sure to follow the ratio of one cup of rice to two cups of water. If you are making oats, use one cup of oats to one cup of water. If you are making spaghetti, use a soda bottle. A 20 liter soda bottle’s opening is the perfect size to approximate the amount of dry spaghetti you need for two people. If you can fit your desired amount of spaghetti tightly into the soda bottle opening, you are making the serving portion spaghetti for two people.
Lemon fish might sound like something you were forced to eat while visiting your grandparents, but it’s actually one of the tastiest kitchen hacks. Fish is hard to cook because it is either too wet, or too tough. Stick to this rule and you’ll have fish in your repetoire.
Lemons to the Rescue
During the summer, take your fish to the grill to make it flaky and delicious. Place the salmon or fatty fish on sliced lemons over the grill to infuse the flavor of the lemon in the fish and prevent the fish from sticking to the grill. The salmon will have an oaky flavor, while still being sweet with citrus hints.
Need Egg Yolks?
Eggs can be trickly little things, but trying to make egg whites is even harder. No matter what you do, it always seems to break the yolk or you end up with shell in your scrambled eggs. Make eggs easier with this simple hack involving a water bottle.
The Water Bottle Hack
All you’ll need for this hack is a water bottle and a steady hand. Place the opening of the water bottle over the egg yolk and squeeze. After squezzing let go of the air and the yolk will actually be sucked up into the water bottle. This hack is perfect for making egg white omelets, without all of the hassle.
Waffle Makers Make The Best Hashbrowns
Waffle makers are definitely not just for waffles. This appliance is going to be your best friend after you learn all of the hacks you can use it for. You can make the perfect hash browns using your waffle maker!
How To Do It
To make the perfect waffle maker hash browns, first pick up your favorite frozen fries or cut up frozen potatoes. Place the frozen fries into the waffle maker compartments and put your waffle maker on high. Use normal time settings for you waffle maker, and you will end up with perfect and delicious large hash browns.
How To Ripen Your Bananas
Bananas are extremely tempermental. It seems you blink once on an unripen banana and it’s already turned brown. Test out this hack to make your bananas ripe instantly by using the heat from your oven.
How To Do It
The trick is to not overheat your bananas! Place unpeeled and unripe bananas into the oven and set the heat at 300 degrees. Constantly check on your bananas to see if they are becoming ripe in the oven, or to make it easier for yourself check every two minutes. You will know when the bananas are ripe when the peels are shiny and black.
How To Check Your Eggs
Eggs have an expiration date, but sometimes those dates can be very misleading. If you don’t know how old your eggs are, or if they are still good, be sure to place your eggs in some water. This hack will prove whether or not you can use your eggs.
Drop ‘Em In Some Water
Fill up a pot half way with water and drop your eggs in. If your eggs sink, then they are still usable. If they float, then throw those babies out. With eggs, air will seep through the shell over time and will age the egg making it unhealthy to eat.
Wrap It In Paper Towels
This one is basically a no brainer, but might actually surprise you. Soggy vegetables can ruin any meal and also can contain hidden amounts of bacteria. Be sure to “un-sog” your vegetables using this hack to make sure you’re still eating clean, without the threat of ecoli.
Paper, Paper, Paper
Produce needs just the right balance of moisture to lock in freshness, but also to not grow unwanted bacteria. While freezing your vegetables, wrap them in paper towels to ensure you are keeping your veggies moist without being a breeding ground with ecoli. This will also make your veggies last up to five days longer!