Move over Martha Stewart! This list of useful kitchen tips will impress even the most hardcore kitchen maestros. Even if you don’t consider yourself a master in the kitchen or even close to it, these helpful hints will leave you looking like a cooking veteran.
1) During childhood years, we were always teased that the last person to do something was the rotten egg and we would hastily rush to be one of the first ones to finish. Now that we are all grown up, we still don’t want to be that rotten egg, nor do we want to use one in our cooking and spoil the whole recipe. There is a helpful way to test your eggs to see if they are still good; simply dissolve 2 teaspoons of salt in a cold cup of water, put the egg into the cup and if it sinks to the bottom, the egg is still good, but if it floats to the top, you can consider it a rotten egg.
2) We all know that when guests come to visit, they usually congregate around the kitchen area, where the food and drinks are. The last thing you want is to be embarrassed by odors coming from your kitchen, in particularly, the garbage disposal. There is a simple way to knock out those odors and keep your sink area smelling fresh. You will need a lemon, white vinegar, and an ice cube tray. Cut the ends of the lemon off and dispose of them. Cut the lemon in half, and then each half into eighths, place one piece of lemon in each section of the ice cube tray, fill each section with the white vinegar, and place in the freezer. Once frozen, you can store in a plastic bag in the freezer. Use a few cubes at a time in the garbage disposal and run until they are dissolved. This can be done a few times a week or as often as needed to keep your sink smelling fresh.
3) Preparing meals when you live alone often leaves you with leftover food, which often can go to waste. There is no need to worry about this happening if you use vacuum sealed bags to preserve your meals. Vacuum sealing reduces the amount of oxygen getting to the food by forming a hermetic seal, which preserves food for longer periods of time. This method can be used for dry, refrigerated, or frozen foods. This also comes in handy for families that buy in bulk or prepare meals ahead of time for easy use.
4) We all know we shouldn’t cry over spilt milk, but how can we help but cry over a cut onion? Keeping an onion in the refrigerator before use can not only make it easier to chop, but will also cause fewer tears. Other methods for eliminating tears include chilling the onion for 10-15 minutes in the freezer before chopping or soaking it in water before chopping. So, stop the crying and get to chopping!
These are just a few useful tips that can help you around the kitchen. Not to mention, make you look brilliant. Your family and friends will think you are secretly running with the Martha Stewart’s of the world.
This article is provided courtesy of PAC FOOD Pty Ltd. Please visit http://www.PacFood.com.au for useful tips about food storage and using vacuum sealing bags to keep your food fresh for longer periods of time.