25 Brilliant Kitchen Shortcuts You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
Save time prepping food and make cooking easier with these cooking hacks that are pure genius.
Use an empty water bottle to separate egg whites and yolks
Crack an egg into a shallow bowl, then hold the mouth of the bottle near the yolk and gently squeeze. When you release the squeeze, the yolk will be sucked out, and you can deposit it into another bowl. Check out more ways to cook eggs perfectly.
Cut corn with a Bundt pan
To remove corn from the cob quickly, stand the cob upright in the center of a Bundt pan. Holding the top of the cob steady, stroke a chef’s knife downward along the sides to remove kernels. Scrape the cob with the back of the knife to release juices. Kernels and juice collect in the Bundt pan—meaning one less mess for you to clean up. Don’t miss these other genius new uses for ordinary kitchen tools.
Skip the pasta rinse
Rinsing noodles washes away flavor and natural starch, which helps yummy sauce stick. It’s why some recipes suggest saving pasta water to use in sauce. Instead, skip the wash and spread drained pasta on a pan to cool. Better yet, try this cooking hack that makes draining pasta even easier.
Don’t cry over a broken cake…
Instead, make a trifle by layering salvaged cake pieces with fresh whipped cream and fruit in a pretty glass bowl, advises Tamar Adler, chef and author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace. Plus, don’t miss this genius frosting hack that will change the way you bake.
Keep counters clean with a baking sheet
Place all ingredients on an empty baking sheet prior to prepping them. (This will help you catch spills and avoid wasting time hunting for an item as you cook.) Here are 14 more cookie-baking hacks you need to try.
Pizza wheels chop herbs
Turn in the chopping knife: Instead, roll over herbs like parsley and cilantro with a pizza wheel for quick and safe slicing. A pizza wheel also effortlessly chops foods like pancakes and pasta for small children. Check out these other surprising ways you’ve been using kitchen appliances wrong.
Use a countertop bowl for easy garbage
As you cook, toss scraps, eggshells, and other garbage into a large bowl. This will contain messes and save time if a trash can isn’t readily accessible. Line the bowl with a plastic bag to make cleanup even easier. Memorize these other 11 cleaning shortcuts every lazy person needs to know.
For easier hard-boiled eggs, salt is your BFF
Want the shells of hard-boiled eggs to come off in big chunks instead of a million tiny pieces? Add a teaspoon of salt to the cooking water before putting in the eggs. Learn the cooking hack that lets you hard-boil eggs even faster—and without water.
Clean a blender sans sponge
Fill it one-third full with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid, recommends Woman’s Day. Run it for ten seconds. Rinse and dry. Don’t forget about these other clever ways to clean your trickiest kitchen appliances.
Whip up gourmet bread crumbs in a pinch
Got extra burger or hot dog buns? Tear into pieces and freeze in a zipper-top bag. Ten to 20 pulses in a food processor will transform them into ready-to-use bread crumbs—no thawing necessary. Find out why you’re spoiling your bread by putting it and these other foods in the fridge.