Best Kitchen Hacks – You Need These In Your Life
Even the gourmetest (is that a word? It is now) of gourmet chefs are looking for ways to simplify their time in the kitchen. Need an easier way to measure Crisco? Or need a way to tell if an egg is still good before cracking it? Look no further! Here I have compiled a list of my best kitchen hacks. And yes, you need these in your life!
1. Measuring Crisco or shortening hack
However much Crisco or shortening you need, put that amount of water into a measuring cup. Spoon out shortening into the water until it doubles. Drain the water. Example: You need 1/2 cup shortening. Put 1/2 water into a measuring cup and spoon shortening into the water until it reaches 1 cup.
2. Want to make buttermilk biscuits, but all out of buttermilk?
Add a tablespoon on vinegar to regular whole milk. It won’t be as thick and creamy as buttermilk, but it will taste the same, nonetheless.
3. Keep pots from boiling over
Place a wooden spoon across a boiling pot to keep it from boiling over and making a mess.
4. Microwave hack
When reheating pasta (or anything in a bowl) in the microwave, leave a hole in the middle to allow for even heating.
5. Need to cut a hunk of meat into thin slices?
Stick it in the freezer until it is about half frozen, then slice. Partially frozen meat slices much better.
6. Can’t tell if your eggs are still good?
Place an egg into a cup of water. If it sinks to the bottom, it is still good. If it stands on its side, it won’t be long before it’s bad. It it floats, throw it out.
7. Want iced coffee without diluting it?
(or if you’re like me, you just need one ice cube to make it the perfect warm temp) Make coffee ice cubes. Brew a pot of Joe and put into ice cube trays. No more watered down coffee!
8. Messy Microwave?
Put a small bowl of apple cider vinegar in the microwave and heat for 3 minutes. Wipe the mess away.
9. Keep shelled nuts fresh
Place shelled nuts in the freezer to extend their life. Also, one of my favorite snacks is frozen pecans…trust me…just try it.
10. Need to clean your cast iron?
Don’t fear the soap. Click here for a full tutorial.
11. Speaking of cast iron…need to clean your cast iron grill pan?
Use a grill brush to scrub off the mess. For caked on mess, heat the pan before scrubbing.
12. Need to slice soft cheese?
Use unscented dental floss to slice soft cheese.
13. Want to cook bacon without the popping grease?
Cook bacon in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Adjust time based on how crispy you like your bacon. Use a pan with a metal grate to allow grease to run off.
14. Flip eggs without busting the yolk
Speaking of bacon, save that grease to fry eggs over easy or medium. Use enough that you can slosh grease over the top of the egg to seal the yolk before flipping.
15. Keto diet friendly breading
Craving fried chicken but don’t want to use flour as breading. Crush up pork rinds into a fine powder and use that as breading.
If you have kitchen hacks of your own, please share them in the comments.