12 simple kitchen hacks you need to know about
5 Aug 2014 5:34 PM
Posted by Annie Stevens
A cheat’s guide to saving you time in the kitchen.
2.) "When buying fish, ask your fishmonger to portion and bone your fillets to your desired size to save time" and "write a sequence of how you’re going to allocate the time of preparation, working on time consuming jobs first," Stephen Seckold, executive chef Flying Fish restaurant.
3.) We love this idea from The YummyLife about keeping garlic and onion fresh for months by storing them in paper bags with holes punched in them.
4.) A little bit of cheating (hello frozen puff pastry) is perfectly acceptable. “I sometimes buy ready-made sauces, and then I add a few extra vegetables and bits and bobs to them. For example, adding a few sautéed mushrooms to a packet mushroom sauce makes it looks far more impressive (plus tastier and healthier, what a win).”” HH's Annie Stevens
5.) Don’t want to throw-out the leftover egg white or yolk? Try freezing them in an ice-cube tray – they’ll keep for months and you’ll always have one on-hand. As The Kitchn says, mix a teaspoon of sugar through the yolk before freezing so that it doesn’t get pasty after de-frosting.
6.) Think creatively - and think ahead - when it comes to storing produce: "When I buy beans, which is often as hubby loves them, I cut and slice them all with a bean slicer and keep the ones I don't use in a glass jar with a lid on the fridge. They last a week like this. Each mealtime, I just tip enough in a saucepan for the meal and leave the rest for later.” homeheaven member Melodyjoy
7.) Cleaning up as you go is always a good move. “I get everything I need ready before I start and get all the chopping and other ingredients ready. And clean up. Then I start to cook, and I have one side of the sink filled with hot water and put dishes and other items in it; so that I can clean them when I have got my dish cooking. So that makes cleaning up a lot easier," homeheaven member Ellelily
8.) Clever video of the day comes from homeheaven member maydayismyday, who pointed us toward this how to video on chopping cherry tomatoes in a hurry.
9.) Do all of your chopping in one go and your future self will thank you. “If I'm going to use onions or other fresh veggies, I take a few mins and cut them all at the same time and I stick the ones for later in the fridge or freezer for later," homeheaven member cherryblossom
10.) Coffee and garden lovers rejoice. Used-up coffee grounds make excellent plant mulch as they’re a natural fertiliser for acid-loving plants such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and tomatoes. Some cafés even give bags of used grounds away.
11.) Don’t waste time by opening up the oven and peering in, it’s not going to make the cake bake faster.“Keep the oven door closed during cooking, as opening brings the temperature down and can add a considerable amount to your cooking each time you open it.”HH’s Olivia Mackinnon
12.) Peel garlic in a hurry without getting garlic fingers (for days). “If I have to peel garlic, I just put each little pod of garlic in a bowl with a bowl on top and give it a shake for a bit and voila... the skin comes off ready for chopping.” homeheaven member jatz