25 Kitchen and Cooking Tips
25 Kitchen and Cooking Tips
That’ll make your life so much easier!
Weren’t there any books on Kitchen and Cooking Tips back in the day? When I was a kid, I watched my Mom and Grandmother cook and clean, basically slave away, doing EVERYTHING the hard way. Scrubbing pots and pans, on their knees, scrubbing floors, and spending hours making biscuits and pie crusts that still tasted like crap! Weren’t there any books on Kitchen and Cooking Tips?
I never understood why they never found an easier way!
Back in the old days (not that I’m old mind you), their Mothers and Grandmothers had “hacks” or rather “tricks” that they used for practically everything they did inside the house! Especially the kitchen! I mean seriously, who doesn’t have a Great Grandmother that has a famous pie recipe, or a secret trick to getting the stains off her prized casserole dish?
And, why didn’t your Mom pass them to you?? I don’t know about you, but I could have used at least 25 Kitchen and Cooking Tips when I was first starting out on my own! But, no worries……thank heaven for the Internet!
So, why didn’t Mom’s pass these awesome super secret tips to us Daughters? I’ll tell ya…….
Our Mothers never believed that Grandma’s Kitchen and Cooking Tips worked!
Is it because they never paid attention to what their mothers did inside the house? Too busy with friends and boys? I’m pretty sure our Grandmothers generation thought of your Mom’s generation just the same as we think of the Millennials these days! Too wrapped up in themselves and their friends to give a crap about learning a thing or two!
Well, I’m gonna change that! I’ve compiled a list of 25 Kitchen and Cooking Tips here that will surely make your life so much easier! None of them are difficult, and I’m sure there may be a couple in here that you may have heard of but never tried out. I encourage you to try them, I encourage you to share them!
Are you ready to learn 25 Kitchen and Cooking Tips that will make your life easier?
Here we go……
1. To get a very, VERY flaky pie crust, make sure everything you are using is COLD! Not room temperature. You’ll want to cut your butter into cubes and chill it in the fridge, with ice water or ice cubes. Chill your pie plate before and AFTER you add the crust! You’ll have a crust so flaky that you’ll think Marie Callender baked it herself!
2. Put eggs into a bowl of lukewarm water for about ten minutes to get them to room temperature fast!
3. Do you use store bought frosting? Try whipping your store-bought frosting with an electric mixer, it will double in volume, be lighter, and be easier to spread.
4. For baking, all of your ingredients should be brought to room temperature, and I mean ALL of them! Unless of course, your recipe states otherwise.
More Kitchen and Cooking Tips……
5. Always place your pies on the lowest rack position in the oven. Your pie will have an awesome golden brown crust on the bottom!
6. To get a “glossy” finished look to your cakes, turn a blow dryer on them for 10 to 15 seconds!
7. To loosen a cake that’s stuck to the bottom of your pan, dip the lower half into a sink of hot water for half a minute. Your cake will easily come out when turned onto your baking rack.
8. Freeze some grapes to add to your wine to keep it cold! It doesn’t change the taste, and obviously, red grapes for red wine, and white grapes for white wine!
9. To get a cork back in a wine bottle, soak it in hot water for a few minutes and you’ll be able to squeeze it in.
10. For a boost in flavor with Beef Broth, substitute half the broth for leftover coffee (or strong fresh brewed).
Even more Kitchen and Cooking Tips……
11. You can use Egg Slicers for many other things besides eggs! Try using it to cut other soft fruits and vegetables.
12. Everytime you open the lid to your crock pot, you are letting the heat escape, adding 20 to 30 minutes to your cooking time! Resist the urge!!
13. Ever wonder what the difference is between shredding a block of cheese and just buying it pre-shredded? Additives! These are added to pre-shredded cheese to keep it from clumping together, thus making the cheese tougher. Block cheese is softer and melts better than pre-shredded because they don’t contain the “non-clumping” additives! I think there’s a difference in taste as well, but that’s just my opinion!
14. Speaking of shredded cheese, pop your block of cheese in the freezer for 15 minutes to make grating easier!
15. A pinch of baking soda added to your eggs will give you massive fluffy scrambled eggs!
16. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and a half teaspoon of kosher salt to the water when boiling eggs, the shells will slip right off when you peel them!
17. Use a dry erase marker to mark the date on your containers of leftovers so you’ll know how old they are. The dry erase ink comes off very easily!
18. Place wax paper over your ice cream before putting the lid back on. This will keep ice crystals from forming on the ice cream (ew!).
19. For crispy oven fried food, place your food on a baking rack on top of a cookie sheet to allow the heat to circulate to crisp all sides.
20. For a crispy crust on breaded foods, let the breading sit on the food for 15 minutes before frying.
And last, but certainly not least……..
21. Finished with your pepper grinder? Don’t throw it out! Add Coriander seeds, dried hot peppers, dried lemon peel (or orange), or whatever seeds you like, for an amazing flavor additive to your food!
22. Fresh Ginger will stay good in the freezer for up to a year. So when you buy a large root for just a little bit of Ginger, just freeze the rest!
23. Use a fork to mince garlic! Turn your fork over and grate the garlic over the tines, you’ll have minced garlic in half the time it would take you to chop it with a knife!
24. Bake your bacon instead of frying it! With this method, all the pieces are cooked and you can get more on a baking sheet than you can in a frying pan! Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes, or until the desired crispiness has been reached.
25. For the best-tasting pasta, decrease the cooking time by two minutes, drain, and then stir your pasta into the sauce. The pasta absorbs the sauce and it’s flavors as it simmers. The pasta will finish cooking after added to the sauce!
A Bonus Cooking Tip!
When making baked goods, like cookies, brownies, cakes, cornbread, biscuits, muffins, etc, decrease the baking time by 2 minutes. This keeps your baked goods from coming out dry and crumbly. Always decrease the temperature by 25 degrees when using non-stick pans in the oven, this keeps your baked goods from burning!
Well, that’s my list for now! I have a ton more tips that I’ll be putting out soon (my fingers are cramped lol)….so be on the lookout for that!
If you’re into the Keto Diet (my specialty), then I’ll be putting out some awesome tips for that as well.
In the meantime, do you have any tips that you use and would like to share? I’d love to hear them, just comment below! Or join my mailing list and never miss recipes and tips, the mailing list gets the BEST stuff!!
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