If you look forward to spending time in the kitchen, but love discovering time saving ways to spend that time, you’ve come to the right place. Cooking hacks are handy ‘short cuts’ to doing just about anything you can imagine in the kitchen. That said, these are 12 Cooking Hacks that Will Change Your Life.
Waste not want not
When you only need a few drops of lemon juice, don’t cut the lemon in half, as it’ll dry out and be wasted. Instead, puncture the fruit with a metal skewer and squeeze out exactly what you need.
No More Slime
Don’t you hate it when your mushrooms get slimy in the fridge? Keep those ‘shrooms from getting slippery by wrapping them in paper towels before putting them in the fridge.
Dried Out Muffins
The third of 12 Cooking Hacks that Will Change Your Life has to do with a favorite baked treat.
To ‘bring back’ day old muffins, sprinkle them with water, place in a paper bag, and slide them into a hot oven for five to 10 seconds. The steam created by the water will bring the moisture back.
Keep cheese from drying out by spreading butter along the cut sides to keep moisture from escaping. This works best on those hard cheeses that come sealed in wax.
Keep Cookies Chewy
Store crispy cookies in a separate container from chewy cookies. If you store them in the same container, the moisture from the chewy cookies will make the crispy ones lose their crunch.
Keep Bananas Fresh Longer
Try to avoid separating bananas until right before you’re going to eat them—they turn brown much less quickly when left stuck together in a bunch.
Honey Never Spoils
The 7th trick in 12 Cooking Hacks that Will Change Your Life keeps you from throwing away perfectly good honey. Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil, so don’t toss it if it crystallizes or turns cloudy. Simply microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds at a time, and before long, it turns clear again.
Dried Out Pasta
Don’t you hate when you over-measure pasta, and the cooked remainder gets hard and dry in the pan? Well, it doesn’t need to be that way! Prevent the extra cooked pasta from drying out by putting it in a plastic bag, and refrigerating. When you’re ready to re-use it, simply pop it into a pot of boiling water to heat up, and serve!
After using cheese, put whatever’s left back in the original packaging, wrap it tightly in plastic, and freeze it. Pop it into the fridge a day before serving. This trick works best for soft cheeses with a high fat content.
Ripen Fruit Quickly
To ripen fruit in a hurry, place it in a paper bag with an apple overnight. Apples release ethylene gas that quickens the ripening process of other kinds of fruit.
Freeze Excess Waffles and Pancakes
I love this one, because I always make way too many of these.
Package extra pancakes and waffles as single servings in airtight plastic bags and freeze. When you need a quick breakfast, just pop the frozen treats into the toaster, and voila! Homemade waffles without re-doing all the work!
Use Cooking Spray on Guacamole
The last (but not least) of 12 Cooking Hacks that Will Change Your Life involves my favorite fruit (vegetable?), the avocado.
You know how guacamole has a tendency to turn brown in about the time it takes you to blink twice? Well, you can keep it from turning brown by lightly spraying it with your butter or olive oil based cooking spray.