If you’re a DIY connoisseur and want an arsenal of hacks that you can use in the kitchen, you came to the right place. Here are eight kitchen hacks that will help you a ton in the kitchen.
Storing Potatoes—Keep Your Peeled & Sliced Potatoes White
Browning comes quickly for peeled potatoes, which can affect the looks and sometimes even the taste of your potato dishes. Cover your shredded or diced potatoes in a bowl of ice water during prep to prevent oxidation.
The starches release slower when submerged in ice-cold water, which will prove handy if you’re trying to store them before cooking.
Rotten Tomatoes No More
Keep your tomatoes fresh for longer by putting them in the fridge stem side down. Storing tomatoes stem side down stops moisture and air from going inside the vulnerable spot where the tomato was once attached to the vine.
If you’re worried about ruining the juiciness of your tomatoes, don’t worry! Studies show that storing your tomatoes in the fridge doesn’t affect the taste or juiciness of your tomatoes.
Quick Banana Hacks
If you want to keep your bananas ripe for longer, wrap the end of the bunch with plastic wrap or separate each banana and then wrap the ends with plastic wrap. By trapping the ethylene gasses from releasing out of the stem, you slow down the ripening process of your bananas.
If you want to speed up the ripening process, you can change your green bananas ripe with the assistance of a paper bag. Tossing your bananas (or peaches) in a paper bag concentrates the ethylene gas and makes it ripen quicker.
Quick Egg Hacks
If a recipe calls for a few eggs, dropping a shell or two is inevitable. If you don’t want crunchy cakes or brownies, you can quickly grab eggshells by wetting your hands and reaching in. You could also use half of the broken eggshell as a spoon to scoop up the bits of broken shell.
Separating yolks from whites can be a hassle and have tons of waste! If you don’t want to do it the traditional way, grab an empty water bottle, squeeze the sides of the bottle, and release it once it touches the yolk. Releasing the pressure will suck the yolk directly into the bottle and leave you with a bowl of pure egg white.
Peel Ginger Effortlessly
Using a traditional peeler to remove the skin from ginger root is challenging and makes a ton of waste. The many grooves and nooks make it quite a challenge to peel ginger root. However, you can scrape off the skin pretty quickly with a teaspoon.
Peeling Garlic Without a Hassle
Instead of trying to pry open each clove and peeling it that way, try crushing it with the side of a chef’s knife. A simple whack will make the skin easier to remove and give you a head start when mincing.
Get More Juice from Your Citrus Fruit
If you want to extract all of the juice from a lemon or orange without having to turn it into a workout, try microwaving it for 15 to 20 seconds. Rolling the citrus fruit and then cutting it lengthwise helps you get more juice.
Make Grating Less of a Mess
Grating soft cheese is complex and leaves one hell of a mess. Harder cheese is a lot easier to grate. When grating semi-soft cheese like mozzarella and fontina, freeze it for 30 minutes.
Use these hacks well and improve your kitchen game by a mile! If you have any hacks that you want to share, let us know in the comments.