Great Kitchen Hacks
There are many Great Kitchen Hacks that can help even the most experienced person in the kitchen but some are not that well known.
We all require some sort of skills when it comes to the kitchen. From students, newly on their own to moms that must feed their family, kitchen skills are extremely important. While some people are naturally gifted in the kitchen, there are many out there who tend to shy away from the kitchen because they find cooking confusing and complicated.
Here are a few great kitchen hacks that will help you solve some little problems in and around the kitchen.
Peel Garlic – Remove all the cloves from the bulb and using the side of a knife, give each clove a smack. The skin will fall off easily.
Peel Potatoes – Before you attempt to take the skin off potatoes, boil them. Once the potatoes are boiled, plunge them into an ice bath and watch as the skin separates from the center. Quickly and easily, you will be able to pick the skin right off.
Peel Bananas – Believe it or not, bananas are far easier to peel if you flip them upside down and peel from the bottom up.
Peel Citrus – Cut the top and bottom off and then run lines down the fruit with a knife about an 1 1/2″ apart, making sure not to pierce into the fruit. The peel will then come easily off in chunks.
Peel Ginger – Forget the peeler, use the bottom of a spoon to take the skin off ginger. Gently scrape the spoon over the skin and watch it easily separate from the ginger.
Scoop Squash – Easily remove seeds from vegetables like pumpkin and squash using an ice cream scoop. Because the edge of the scoop is sharp, it cuts through the tough fibers, gooey guts and more inside the squash far easier than a regular spoon can.
Separate Egg Whites – Gently squeeze a plastic water bottle over top a cracked egg. When the bottle inflates over the egg, it will suck the yolk up cleanly.
Remove Egg Shells – When you are boiling eggs, add baking soda or vinegar to the water. This will make it much easier to remove the shell from the eggs.
Pit and Peel Avocado – Break an avocado from it’s pit by cutting it into length-wise quarters. Then run a knife under the skin of each section and remove the skin the way you would peel a banana.
Cutting a Mango – Cut the mango down each side avoiding the slim pit in the center. Criss-cross cuts on the flesh of the fruit and then bow backwards. Slice the chunks of mango off of the peel.
Soften Butter – Speed up the process of softening your butter by grating it with a cheese grater or flattening it with a rolling pin. This helps to make sure that the butter is ready for spreading and mixing faster than just softening on the counter.
I also microwave for short times (15 seconds) depending on the size you have and on half power but watching closely not to melt.
Take the Crystallization off Honey – To de-crystalize honey, place the jar in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes and voila!
There are many ways to make your work in the kitchen a lot easier. Don’t do it the hard way! Use these fantastic kitchen hacks instead. Also find some other handy tips in How to Organize Your Kitchen, How to Cut Onions Without Crying and How to Clean a Microwave.