Cooking can be a difficult endeavor, especially when you’re trying to get beyond frozen microwave dinners and plating pizza you ordered from the local pizzeria. (Or worse… Domino’s.) And by “plating”, we mean putting it on paper plates of course.
But seriously, the following 10 bosslike kitchen tips & tricks will blow your mind. They’re simple and will improve your cooking experience a ton!
1. Grate Butter
Grating cold (it has to be REALLY cold) butter is the way to go when you’re making dough for biscuits. It can also be very useful when you want to be able to spread cold butter on toast more quickly.
2. Reheat Pasta
When you’re reheating pasta in the microwave, shape it like a donut so it will cook more evenly!
3. Store Ice Cream in a Ziploc Bag
You know how ice cream is usually soft the first time you open the container, but then it’s hard after it’s been in the freezer for a while after that? Well, here is your solution: After opening, place the ice cream container in a ziploc bag before putting it back in the freezer. Your ice cream will be soft all the time!
4. Cut Pancakes
Use a pizza cutter to cut pancakes. This is a huge time saver, if you have children. The same concept can be applied to spaghetti and waffles.
5. Keep Lettuce Fresh Longer
The paper towel absorbs moisture from the lettuce, which is the primary reason why it goes bad so quickly. Also make sure you get the lettuce as dry as possible before storing.
6. How to Pit Cherries
Pitting fresh cherries for a pie can be a huge hassle. Pushing the pits into a bottle using a chopstick as pictured above makes it easier and clean up takes no time at all. All the pits will be in the bottle like a boss!
7. Use Floss to Cut Soft Foods
A cheap alternative to using cheese wire is simply using unscented dental floss to cut through soft foods like cake bottoms and soft cheeses. Making a layered cake has never been so simple!
8. Pancake Mix in Squeeze Bottle
Re-purpose an empty squeeze bottle (i.e. an empty ketchup bottle) to make perfect pancakes like a boss. Just put the pancake batter in the bottle and squeeze perfect pancakes into your pan!
Boss tip: Make pancakes shapped like anything you want with your new batter accuracy.
9. Use Parchment Paper
Make sure you line baking pans with parchment paper to avoid the mess when you’re making brownies or cake! Man, those brownies sure look delicious!
Boss tip: Parchment paper can also replace muffin liners.
10. Freeze Herbs in Olive Oil
Because fresh herbs aren’t always in season, it makes sense to freeze them in olive oil. The oil keeps them from browning and getting freezer burn. You’ll always have fresh herbs available for cooking!
We hope these ten kitchen tips are helpful and have miraculously turned you into a master chef while reading this article. Now get to cooking!