Some of my regular followers might now I’m huge fan of question and answer website Quora. So I’ve decided from time to time I’ll share the more interesting answers I stumble across on this blog. To start off this new tradition, I’ve got an answer by Rick Dang, who has compiled an outstanding list of 56 useful kitchen hacks.
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1. Oil up your eggs.
Rub egg shells with vegetable oil before refrigerating. The oil will keep the eggs fresh for an additional three to four weeks.
2. Spoon your ginger.
Even the lumpy bumps of a ginger root are easy to peel with a spoon, and you’ll be left with a beautiful piece of peeled ginger and almost zero waste.
3. Have your cake and a slice of bread too.
After cutting into a cake, use toothpicks to cover the exposed portion with piece of bread. The bread will get hard and stale, but the cake will stay nice and soft.
4. Poke your lemons.
For recipes that just require a bit of lemon juice, puncture the rind with a toothpick and gently squeeze out what you need. Then cover the hole with a piece of tape and store the still-fresh lemon in the fridge for later use.
5. Reuse cheese wrappers for storage.
Cut the chunk you want right through the package. Remove delicious cheese. Slide now-empty end back over the remaining cheese. Vanquish dried-out cheese ends forever!
6. Add oil, vinegar, herbs and spices to the dregs of a mayo jar and shake.
You’ll get instant creamy salad dressing and the jar will be clean so you can recycle it.
7. Bathe fresh berries in vinegar water to prevent insta-mold (also helps remove pesticide residue).
8. Hide garlic and onions in holey paper bags.
They’ll stay fresh for at least two months without molding.
9. Store cut avocado with cut onion.
Sulfur from the onion keeps the brown away. A light sprinkle of apple cider vinegar also works.
10. Store apples and potatoes together
Ethylene gas from apples keeps potatoes from sprouting.
11. Add warm milk to the dregs of a Nutella jar and shake.
Instant hot chocolate! Try with melty marshmallows for an easy ice cream topping.
12. Easy way to peel a mango
Avoid sticky fingers and leave no mango behind.
Or to cut one
13. Store pineapple upside down.
Speeds ripening process by forcing sugars to flow to the top. Just be sure to pluck top leaves first.
14. Wrap celery in foil.
It’ll keep for up to a month this way. Works for broccoli too.
15. Flip natural nut butter upside down a few days before you open it.
Stirring will be 100x easier and you’ll avoid that stiff bottom layer that usually gets tossed with the jar.
16. Wrap banana crowns in plastic wrap.
They’ll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual.
17. Turn old milk into new cheese.
If the expiration date is looming, don’t toss that milk down the drain! Follow this recipeto turn it into delicious cottage cheese instead.
18. Make herb butter ice cubes.
Fresh herbs spoil quickly. Chop and mix with melted butter or olive oil, then pour into ice cube trays to preserve perfect portions for future meals.
19. Brown-bag your lettuce.
Lettuce will keep longer if you place it in a roomy paper bag before putting it in the fridge. Also, leave the outer leaves in place even if they’re limp or dirty: they keep the rest of the head fresh while in storage.
20. Add spent coffee grounds to potted plants.
Coffee grounds contain nutrients needed by acid-loving plants like roses, hydrangea, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and tomatoes.
21. Revive stale crackers and chips by zapping in the microwave.
Works in the real oven too.
22. Re-heat old pizza in a skillet.
The oils from the crust will restore its original crispiness.
23. Use a Food Hugger to keep nubs fresh.
Those last bits are perfect for omelets and smoothies.
24. Turn flat soda into pop-sicles.
Pour flat soda into ice cube trays or popsicle molds for a sweet, frozen treat.
25. Regrow food from scraps and stumps.
There are over 20 veggies, herbs, and even a few fruits that will re-spawn themselves!
26. Use a Mason Jar and a Salt Lid for an Easy-to-Use Container for Coffee or Sugar
Via 20 Of The Best Mason Jar Projects (with pictures)
27. Know Your Wine and Cheese Pairings
28. Use a Thumb Tac for the Perfect Boiled Egg
29. Freeze Cool Whip in Cookie Cutters for a Unique Addition to Your Beverage
30. Keep Your Brown Sugar from Clumping with Marshmellows
31. Tortillas + The Oven Rack = Great Taco Shells
32. The Anatomy of a Cheese Plate
33. Use an Apple Slicer to Quickly Cut Potatoes
34. How to Perfectly Cut a Watermelon
35. Grain to Water Ratios
36. Grill Your Fish on a Bed of Lemons
It will infuse the flavor and prevent your fish from sticking.
37. Freeze Lemon Slices in a Cupcake Pan for Large Ice Cubes Meant for Pitchers
38. Boiled Water = Clear Cubes
39. Use Your Waffle Iron to Make Perfect Hash Browns Every Time
40. Use a Chop Stick and Rubber Bands for a Heart Shaped Egg
41. Use Your Oven to Quickly Ripen Bananas
42. You Can Also Use Your Oven for Dried Fruit
43. Shake Your Egg Violently for 2-3 Minutes, then Boil for a Golden Egg
44. Out of Chips? Use a Tortilla.
45. Cake Size and How Many People They Can Serve
46. Baking Cups are Perfect for Keeping the Bugs out of Drinks
47. How to Keep Your Tacos Standing When You Broil the Cheese
48. You Can Also Use the Waffle Iron for Eggs
49. The Waffle Iron Also Works for Cinnabons
50. Tic Tac Containers Make the Perfect Spice Storage
51. Use Frozen Sponges for Cheap Lunchbox Ice Packs
52. Put Ice Cream in a Zip Lock Bag to Keep It Soft
53. Know Your Knives and How to Use Them
54. Cut Your Ranch in Half So You Don’t Waste a Drop
55. The Easiest Way to Cut Small Food Items
56. Know the Tastes of Different Wines
Via bell’alimento authentic Italian cuisine
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