Creating food using innovative ways to lighten the kitchen load may not necessarily change your life in such a drastic way, but it will change how you cook and make food.
Simple ideas bring to fruition new ways of making your favorite meals or snacks and everyone loves when food can be made simply and with less hassle. The following food hacks will have you seeing life in a whole new way.
1. Easily Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs
When making hard-boiled eggs, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Cook and then let the eggs cool. The shells will come right off when you begin to peel them.
2. Peeling Ginger Root
Ginger root has an inedible skin and it must be scraped off before use. Take a serrated grapefruit spoon to peel the ginger root which makes it easier to get to all the tough spots.
3. Make Lemonade Faster
Cut lemons into quarters and put them in a blender with two cups of water. Add the ice cubes and some tablespoons of sugar. Instantly, sweet lemonade is made inside a blender.
4. Ensure an Apple Does not Brown
Here’s a new one for you. Slice the apple and keep the core. Stack the apple slices back around the core so the apple is whole. Wrap a rubber band around the whole apple to ensure the slices stay in place.
5. Crunchy Greens
After you wash lettuce, lay it on a paper towel. Roll the lettuce in the paper towel and place it in a sealed plastic bag. Store the lettuce in the refrigerator.
6. Slicing Soft Cheese
Instead of using a knife to slice soft cheese, use dental floss. A clean, fresh slice of cheese is accomplished every time.
7. Vacuum-Seal Food Storage Bags with a Straw
Instead of paying top dollar for a vacuum sealer, try this neat idea. Use a straw to get all the air out of your food storage bags. After placing the food in the bag, close up the plastic bag and create a slit for the straw. Hold the opening on both sides of the straw and the air will come right out. Pull the straw out of the plastic bag, close the opening, and flatten the bag for storage.
8. Keep Water from Boiling Over
Stop your pasta water from boiling over by placing a wooden spoon over the pot when it starts to boil. The bubbles are unable to move pass the wooden spoon, therefore causing them not to boil over.
9. Mince Garlic Quicker
Put the entire garlic clove in the garlic press. The minced garlic will come out while the skin stays in the press, as simple as that! To peel them faster, put all of them as they are in a bowl and shake as hard as you can, all the peel will come off.
10. Avoid a Browning Avocado
Cut an avocado and store it in a container with some onion slices. The onion has sulfur compounds that will oxidize on the green surface of the avocado. Another way to keep avocados fresh is by placing a slice of lemon on them for freshness. Browning avocados will be a thing of the past.
11. Before Freezing Ground Meat, Cut into Sections
Cut the ground meat into eight sections and then store each section in a quart sized zipper seal freezer bag. Flatten the bag and squeeze out the air before sealing. Flattening the bags allows the meat to thaw out quicker. Freeze the bags of ground meat. You now have half a pound of ground meat in each freezer bag.
12. Creating Juicier Lemons
Stack your lemons in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before you squeeze the juice out of them. You will notice that you are able to get more juice out of lemons.
13. Clump-Free Brown Sugar
Store a few marshmallows in your brown sugar canister keep the sugar soft and moist. Quite simple.
14. Ripen an Avocado
Here’s a way to ripen an avocado in ten minutes flat. Wrap the avocado in tin foil and then place it in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the avocado has softened, stick it in the refrigerator to cool.
15. Tasty Brown Rice
Cook rice as usual, pat it down with a paper towel, and then heat a skillet. Here comes the fun part. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil, ghee, herbs, or seasonings of your choice. Create bold new flavors or go with traditional rice. Sauté the rice until it is golden.
16. Keep Bananas Fresh Longer
To make a bunch of bananas last longer simply wrap the stems with plastic wrap. After you've removed one simply wrap it again and they will last at least 4-5 days longer.
17. Reuse Pickle Brine
Place chip-sized slices of cucumber in a jar of leftover pickle brine and store it in the refrigerator. After a few days, you will have crunchy pickles. Other vegetables can be stored in pickle brine such as green beans, garlic, carrots, or radishes. However, these vegetables need to be semi-boiled first.
18. Ways to Use Your Vegetable Peeler
A vegetable peeler can be used a variety of ways, there are no limits. Make curls from a stick of butter or dark chocolate. Peel off the outer layer of a lemon or lime. For root vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, rutabagas, or beets, cut long strips to make vegetable chips.
19. Slicing Mushrooms
Use an egg slicer to cut up mushrooms such as creminis or buttons. Your mushroom slices will be consistent and even.
20. Perfect, Round Pancakes
Wash out an old bottle of ketchup and then fill it up with pancake batter. To make the perfect, round pancakes that everyone wants, just squeeze the batter out of the ketchup bottle onto the frying pan. Impress all of your friends with your pancake making skills.
21. Frosting a Cake
To ensure the frosting on your cake looks like fondant, use a Viva paper towel. Take the smooth side of the paper towel and place it on the frosting. Begin to even the frosting by smoothing the paper towel out on the cake. Create a perfect fondant finish just by using a paper towel.
22. Using Wine to Cook With
When a recipe calls for red or white wine, freeze the wine in ice cube trays to have readily available. You can just add the cube of wine and keep right on cooking.
23. Make Crisp Celery
To make celery crisp again, cut the top and bottom of the celery and place the stalks upright in a jar of ice-cold water. Celery can be stored like this to ensure it stays crisp. Broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, and cauliflower can also be made crisp and fresh again using ice-cold water.
24. Better Coffee
When brewing coffee, use cold water instead of hot water which just sits in the coffee pot. Cold water is less likely to have mineral deposits lingering and collecting at the bottom.
25. Fresh Cookies Daily
To ensure your cookies stay fresh for days, store them in a Ziploc bag along with a slice of bread. The cookies stay fresh because the slice of bread keeps them moist.
Creative ideas will allow you to keep food fresh longer, taste better, and cook easier. Use these tips to help you throughout your food creation adventures.