6 Basic Cooking Tricks You Need to Know
Don’t you just wish that cooking was a seamless everyday task everybody enjoys? Even if you’re quite the culinary master, there are just some cooking chores that sometimes get you bent out of shape like cutting yourself, spilling boiling water, or worst – dealing with stale food!
It’s always a brilliant idea to keep one or two cooking hacks up your sleeves, so when it’s time to roll them up for some good old prep and cooking, everything will be just peachy.
Whether you’re in the first phase of learning cooking or delving deeper into molecular gastronomy, there is no doubt that these 6 basic and simple cooking hacks will help you out in your kitchen endeavors.
Perfect Scrambled Eggs Are Made with Love
The right formula to fluffy egg perfection is really quite simple and you don’t even need an ounce of milk! Put your pan to medium heat and slather a slab of butter evenly on the pan. Pour in your gently-whisked egg slowly and try to move the egg around the pan. When it’s a bit fluffy, try to scrape the egg towards the center of the pan with a rubber spatula, making sure to remove the pan from the heat every 10 seconds. Just before the egg fully cooks, remove the pan from the heat and let it continue cooking on your plate. Season and garnish.
Never Let Onions Make You Cry Again
Onions contain amino acids called sulfoxides. These are then converted into gas whenever you cut into the onions. This gas is the irritating factor that causes you to weep like a baby. Do you want to know a secret? Cold hinders the conversion of these amino acids into an eye-prickling gas. Peel the onion and put it in the fridge for a good 30 minutes then slice away. I tell you, it really works!
Pasta Tastes Better with Pasta Water
Never throw away the pasta water where you boiled your pasta in. Instead, use that as a base for your pasta sauce. The flavor from the pasta water will amplify the entire sauce’s flavor as well. Plus, it helps with the sauce’s consistency as it contains some of the starch from the pasta itself.
Extend the Vegetable’s Shelf Life Through Paper Towels
Prolong the veggies’ shelf life by clothing them with a paper towel. Make sure they are dry and loosely covered too. Then put them in a re-sealable bag with as much air vacuumed out. Veggies can’t live with oxygen so the more oxygen is removed from the bag, the more the veggies will stay fresh. Also, only wash the vegetables right before eating them.
Overripe Bananas Call for Some Nice Cream
Don’t worry if you have to deal with overripe bananas at home as this means you’ll have more for your “nice cream.” A nice cream is a healthier form of ice cream which uses frozen bananas as a base. The ingredients will depend on which flavors you want to be added. And trust me – it is a heavenly treat! Slice up overripe bananas and put them in the freezer. So when it’s time for a mouthwatering nice cream under the sweltering summer heat, all you have to do is put it in the blender, add the other ingredients, and you’re all set.
Renew Stale Bread by Popping it in the Oven
Don’t settle for stale and hard bread during breakfast. If you didn’t have time to get some fresh ones, there’s the oven at your beck and call. Wrap the bread in a damp paper towel. Then put it in the oven for 10 to 15 seconds and you won’t even know the difference.
Learning cooking is definitely a long-term process but keeping these basic cooking tips in mind is a relatively easy thing to do which absolutely makes a huge difference.
Sarah Brooks is a passionate blogger and frequent traveler who enjoys sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about culture, cuisine and flavours of different countries that she encounter during her travel. She frequently blogs at Daynauan.info.vn, one of the leading cooking websites which offers delicious recipes, cooking courses and more.