Over all the years I’ve spent in the kitchen, I’ve come up with a few hacks that make my time here more fun - and save some money in the process.
- Defrost Faster - We’ve all been there - you plan to make a certain recipe for dinner, but forget to put the meat the refrigerator to thaw. Never fear! To defrost meat quickly, pour white vinegar over its surface. This will lower the freezing temperature of the meat, while adding additional flavor and tenderness.
- Keep Food Fresh - Cling wrap can be annoying and wasteful, and new reusable plastic wrap is expensive. Buy plastic shower caps at any discount store or supermarket for a perfect way to cover leftovers, regardless of the size of the bowl. Then, wash and reuse again!
- Avoid Smooshed Cakes - When serving soft baked goods or cheeses, use dental floss to cut portions. Knives can smoosh your servings, but floss will give you a perfect slice every time.
- Add Some Spice to your Rice - On their own, rice, quinoa, millet, or other plain grains can be boring. Cook them in tea-infused water (chai works well!) for some extra flavor.
- Peel Potatoes in a Snap - If you don’t have a peeler handy or just need to save some time, boil your potatoes first, then give them an ice bath to separate them from the skin.
- Check Egg Freshness - Though the “best by” date on your food packages is a good rule of thumb, eggs are often fresh long after this date. To test the true freshness of an egg, place it in a glass of water. If it sinks, it’s good to eat - if it floats, throw it away.