Invaluable Kitchen Tips...
We have collected some amazing tips for the kitchen and a couple of these are life savers...
Peel Citrus Fruits Easily
Is peeling oranges, lemons or satsumas too much of a fath? Don’t want to ruin your manicure digging into that hard, thick rind? Stick them in the microwave for 20 seconds and it becomes much easier to separate these fruits from their wrappings.
Make peeling boiled eggs easier
Add soda or vinegar to the water you boil the eggs in. These substances get inside the shells and make it easier to peel them off.
How to squeeze more juice out of your citrus fruits
To squeeze the last drops out of a lemon, first cool the fruit in the fridge, and then zap it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
Use film wrap like a professional chef
Does your plastic wrap stretch unevenly and rip? Keep it in the fridge, like professional chefs do. Cold food wrap behaves better, sticking and tearing less, leading to less of that familiar feeling of exasperation.
How to grate soft cheese with less mess
Bung it in the freezer for half an hour before grating. The cheese hardens, and doesn’t stick to the grater. It’s easier to sprinkle it too.
How to cut onions without tears
The freezer will help you here too. Put the onions in for 30 minutes before chopping them. Bear in mind that it’s only worth doing this if you plan to cook the onions; don’t subject them to this treatment if you want to make a salad with them or they’ll lose their crunch.
The smart way to boil pasta
If you don’t want the pot to boil over while you’re not watching it, put a wooden spoon or stirrer over the top. The wood will stop the foam from going over the edge.
How to keep cooking herbs
If you freeze herbs in an ice-cube tray, their vitamin content is preserved. Try freezing them in water or olive oil.
The right way to clean wooden chopping boards
To remove odors and food residues from wooden chopping boards rub them with coarse grain salt and leave for 10-15 minutes. Then wipe with half a lemon and dry. This procedure is guaranteed to get rid of unpleasant smells.
Restoring wooden spoons to life
Over time wooden spoons and spatulas lose their looks and acquire an unpleasant odor. It would seem that the only thing to do is to chuck them out. However, if you are loath to part with your favorite kitchen helper, there is a way out. Boil the wooden spoons in plain water and leave them to dry in the sun. This will remove unpleasant odors and give them a new lease of life.