Some kitchen hack ideas that can make your cooking and food preparation easier:
Use a damp paper towel or silicone mat under your cutting board to prevent it from slipping while you’re chopping ingredients.
Freeze leftover herbs, such as parsley or cilantro, in ice cube trays with a little water or olive oil. This way, you’ll always have them on hand for recipes, and they won’t go to waste.
Place a wooden spoon across a pot to prevent it from boiling over. The spoon will break the surface tension and prevent the liquid from spilling.
To easily peel garlic cloves, place them in a small glass jar, close the lid tightly, and shake vigorously. The cloves will separate from the skin.
When you need to soften butter quickly, grate it using a cheese grater. The increased surface area allows it to soften faster.
To revive stale bread, sprinkle a little water on it and then put it in the oven for a few minutes. It will come out fresh and warm.
If you accidentally oversalt a dish, add a peeled potato or a splash of lemon juice to help balance the flavors. The potato will absorb some of the saltiness.
When baking, use a toothpick or a cake tester to check if a cake or muffin is cooked through. Insert it into the center, and if it comes out clean, the baked goods are done.
Keep your brown sugar soft by storing it with a small piece of bread or a marshmallow. They will help prevent it from hardening.
When peeling boiled eggs, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. It will make the shells easier to peel.
If you’re out of buttermilk for a recipe, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Let it sit for a few minutes before using.
These kitchen hacks can save you time, prevent common problems, and make your cooking experience more enjoyable. Give them a try and see how they work for you!