KITCHEN TIPS

Kitchen Tips will make you enjoy cooking.....!!!

Some useful Kitchen tips

• Set up your kitchen workspace by arranging kitchen tools, bowls and utensils. In addition, make sure to keep a wastebasket within arm’s reach.
• Peel tomatoes easily! Cut an X in the top, and then simmer in a pot of hot water for 10 to 20 seconds. Cool down and the skin will fall right off.
• Wear comfortable clothes and an apron when you work in the kitchen and you won’t have to worry about getting dirty.
• Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.
• Clean as you go. Don’t wait for finish the cooking.
• To prevent butter from over-browning in your pan, add a little bit of lemon juice.
• Difficult to find shallots? Replace with a combination of onions and garlic.
• After handling garlic, rub your fingers on stainless steel, like your sink, to get rid of the odor.
• Ovens can lie. Place a second thermometer in your oven to ensure proper preheating temperatures.
• Don’t follow cooking times. Check your dishes by using your own senses (smell, taste, touch) to decide when they are done.
• The most versatile and important tool is a sharp chef’s knife.
• When boiling an egg, add a teaspoon of white vinegar to boiling water to help keep the yolk from breaking.
• For a great hardboiled egg every time, bring your pot to a boil and then turn off the heat. Let your eggs sit in the heated pot for 12 minutes and then transfer to cold water.
• Make an ideal sunny-side egg by covering your pan with a lid and letting the steam cook your egg. No flipping required.
• Always taste your food before seasoning.
• Anchor your cutting board to the counter with a damp paper towel to keep things steady and safe.
• When sauteing garlic, use sliced garlic instead of minced to prevent burning.
• If your recipe calls for buttermilk, you can use regular milk with lemon juice.
• Prepare salad before serving is a huge time saver. Layer all the ingredients in a bowl and don’t add the dressing until it's time to serve.
• Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.
• Save old, stale bread to make breadcrumbs in a food processor; you can freeze them for up to 6 months.
• Store fresh herbs in a glass of water in your refrigerator.
• To prevent tears, cut off the root of the onion before you slice.
• For crispy fries or chips: slice the potato, then remove the starch by soaking in water for one hour before baking.
• Celery getting floppy? Try wrapping it in tin foil before storing in the refrigerator.
• Soften hard brown sugar by placing a piece of dry bread in the bag overnight.
• Roll citrus on the counter using the palm of your hand to help release all of the juice pockets.
• Increase the shelf life of a halved avocado by keeping the pit intact and placing it in your refrigerator.
• To prevent sliced apples from browning, lightly squeeze lemon or lime juice on the pieces.
• You can store butter in the freezer for up to six months.
• Honey is a natural preservative and will never spoil.