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.
Juice a lemon with a microwave
Zap a lemon for ten seconds to break down cells and make the juice flow faster, suggests Laurent Tourondel, chef and partner at Arlington Club in New York City. This is good to remember when trying to squeeze out as much juice as possible for a vinaigrette. If you like using them for flavor, check out these 12 insane benefits of lemon water.
For better pie crusts, use a cheese grater
A cheese grater makes quick work of piecrusts and biscuits. Instead of cutting the butter into the flour, simply grate a stick of frozen butter, and then toss the shreds with flour until a crumbly mixture forms, says Beth Moncel, creator of budgetbytes.com. Don’t miss these other butter hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Flavor sauces and stews with leftover wine
Freeze leftover wine in ice cube trays (eight cubes = one cup) to add flavor to sauces and stews. White and sparkling work best in creamy or clear and brothy soups (think chowder and simple vegetable), while red wine goes well with tomato or beef-based varieties (think chili). Add a few generous splashes per portion. Don’t miss these other 17 genius ways to use alcohol besides drinking it.
Flip natural varieties of peanut butter upside down
This position allows the pool of oil near the lid to move through the rest of the jar and make the peanut butter creamier (and to skip messy stirring). Just make sure the cap is screwed on tight to avoid a greasy pantry shelf.
Use your porch to refrigerate
If your fridge is full because you’re hosting a party and the temperature is 40°F or below, place hardy perishables (like fruits and vegetables) in a cooler outside near the back door. Doing so will free up a lot of extra shelf space while still keeping food cold. Avoid these other 18 kitchen organizing mistakes that make your home look sloppy, too.
Leftover Doritos? Think outside the chip bag
Smash a handful of chips, stuff into a clean pepper mill, and grind away onto everything from mac and cheese to broccoli. Here are more bizarre food pairings that are surprisingly delicious.
Make friends with your kitchen scissors
Use them to chop cooked or tender raw vegetables (especially greens) right in the bowl or pan, suggests Mark Bittman in his book How to Cook Everything Fast.
Apple cutters slice potatoes
You’ll have perfectly sized pieces to bake as wedges.
Soften ice cream hard as a brick
Heat a sharp knife under warm water, then use it to make one-inch-deep cuts in a grid formation, spacing the lines about an inch apart. This increases your ice cream’s exposed surface area, speeding up the thawing process (similar to the beef trick). Run a scooper under warm water, and easily serve up each section. Plus, try these brilliant ways to use an ice cream scoop around the house.