We spend countless hours in the kitchen, slicing and dicing our way to mealtime. If you would rather do anything else than spend the day in the kitchen — and even if you love to cook — there are many ways to save time and frustration.
Greatist website offers these 10 invaluable cooking shortcuts:
1. To keep tomatoes fresh longer, store them stem end down. Leaving them at room temperature will also keep them fresh longer.
2. To prevent cut apples from browning, place them briefly in a mixture of one part honey, two parts water. This will keep them fresh-looking for as long as 24 hours.
3. To save brown sugar from hardening, place an orange peel or apple slice into an airtight container along with the sugar. And if it’s already hard, microwave the brown sugar along with a small glass of water; the moisture from the water will break up the sugar clumps.
4. To work with plastic wrap more easily, store the roll of wrap in the refrigerator. This helps it avoid sticking together while you transfer it to the item you wish to cover.
5. To see if eggs are still fresh, place them in a bowl of cold water. If they sink to the bottom, they are fresh; if they float, they are going bad. The higher they float, the older they are.
6. To remove fat from stocks, stews and sauces, wrap a few ice cubes in a paper towel and skim this along the surface of the liquid. This will help solidify the fat, making it easier to remove with a spoon.
7. To peel an orange easily, microwave it for a minute. (Take care not to burn yourself while peeling the fruit.)
8. To ensure easy removal of eggshells from hard-boiled eggs, add baking soda or vinegar to the water as you boil them.
9. To make grating semi-soft cheeses easier, freeze them for about 30 minutes first.
10. To measure sticky food, such as honey, without making a mess, coat the measuring spoon with hot water or spray it with cooking oil, allowing the food to slide easily off the spoon.
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