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Cayjin Essential Kitchen Tricks and Tips

Cayjin Essential Kitchen Tricks and Tips

What Kitchen Tips And Tricks Am I Missing?

I can't claim to be 100 percent qualified to answer this as i am not a chef, but i spend alot of time browsing the internet and cookbooks. Let me give you a short list of some of the tricks i find most useful in the kitchen. Nevertheless, I'm sure that you guys all have some great tips too, so feel free to leave them in the comments so we can al benefit !

1. Partially Freeze Meat Before Cutting

Slicing meat to grind or cook in a stir-fry can be tricky even with a sharp knife. To make it easier, place the meat in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to stiffen it up. 

2. Keep Your Knives Sharp

Having sharp knives is not only safer (your knife is less likely to slip off a vegetable and into your finger), but it just makes cooking so much more pleasurable when you can fly through your slicing, dicing, and chopping tasks.

3.  Peel Ginger with a Spoon

Ginger can be tricky to peel with all its bumps and irregularities. Rather than using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, reach for the spoon. Scrape it against the skin and it'll come right off, following every contour and minimizing waste.

4. Eliminate that Tupperware smell by packing them with newspaper 

No one's really sure why, but crumpling up newspaper and stacking it into smelly Tupperware overnight has been known to finally get rid of bad odors. Just make sure to thoroughly wash your containers after the fact, as newspapers aren't exactly clean.

4. Prevent bubbling over with a wooden spoon 

If any of your pots are boiling over, quickly place a wooden spoon across the rim—that'll settle the frothy bubbles and prevent more over-boiling. 

5. Heat a dish towel in the microwave to get rid of fish smell

 

Trust us: If you put some dish soap on your dish rag, heat the rag itself for a few minutes, leave the rag in the microwave for about half an hour, return to the rag, and wipe the walls of the microwave down, you will be free of that fishy microwave smell that's been plaguing you since, well, the last time you microwaved fish.

6.  Use salt to soak up eggs

 

In the off chance you drop a raw egg (I mean, it never really happens) (I'm kidding, this is the worst and most common kitchen problem ever), throw some salt on the remnants. It'll soak up the egg whites. Science! Magic!

7.  Store Greens and Herbs with a Damp Paper Towel

Don't you hate it when you open up the vegetable drawer and spot that plastic produce bag at the bottom that's filled with green slime that used to be herbs? You can extend the lifespan of washed herbs and greens by several days by rolling them up in damp paper towels and placing them in zipper-lock bags with the seals left slightly open.

The paper towels will even give you a built-in freshness indicator. At the first hint of decay, you'll see darker spots of liquid forming on the paper towels. This is a good sign that you should use up your herbs and greens within a day or two.

For chopped or picked herbs, store them in a small deli container with a folded up damp paper towel on top of them.

8. Use Egg Shells to Remove Egg Shells

The empty half of an egg shell is the best tool to extract stubborn bits of cracked shells that have ended up in the bowl. They're like magnets! 

Any More Tips?

I know you've got 'em, so let's hear them! Share all of your best kitchen tricks and tips with the community so we can all faster, stronger, and more efficient cooks.

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