7 Convenient Cooking Hacks
Cooking a nice meal for yourself or loved ones is relaxing once in a while, but it can also be daunting and time-consuming. What if you could learn how to cook that decadent dinner faster, stress-free, and super professionally? Cooking hacks can help you do just that – they make life way easier and bring the fun back into making a meal. They're our bread and butter, and we're about to feed you even more tantalizing time-savers with these 7 cooking hacks. Spend less time on prep and more time on chowing down!
1. Toast Trick
- oven rack
- baking tray
If you want to toast more than 2 slices of bread at a time, you can just use the oven as a toaster! Position the oven rack just above the baking tray in the oven and insert the slices of bread you're toasting next to each other in the slots of the oven rack. Turn on the oven, and no one will have to wait for their turn to use the toaster anymore!
2. Separate Eggs
Rub your fingers on a peeled clove of garlic and crack an egg into a bowl. When you touch the egg yolk with your fingers, it won't break! Now you can easily separate the egg yolk from the egg white!
3. Grate Potatoes Safely
- 2 chopsticks
To protect your hands and avoid getting cut when you grate potatoes, insert 2 chopsticks into the potato and use them as a handle. Now your fingers will be out of harm's way!
4. Cut Even Cake Layers
- unflavored dental floss
Hold a ruler next to your baked cake and measure the height. Insert equally-spaced toothpicks around the circumference of the cake halfway up its side. Rest a large piece of unflavored dental floss on top of the toothpicks positioned around the cake and pull the floss towards you. Now your cake will be divided into 2 perfectly even layers!
5. Cut Equal Slices
Use a large knife to make 1 large cut across the center of the cake. Next, make 3 equally-spaced cuts in the cake diagonally, cutting from left to right. For the final set of cuts, make 3 more equally-spaced cuts, this time from right to left. Make sure to start from the same point as the first set of diagonal cuts whenever possible so that the slices come to a point.
6. Pour Without Spilling
- wooden spoon
Put the handle of a clean wooden spoon into the neck of the bottle you'd like to pour your drink into. Press the glass containing your drink against the wooden spoon and start pouring. Now your drink will flow straight from the glass into the bottle without making a mess!
7. Cut Shoestring Fries
- vegetable peeler
Most vegetable peelers have a small hook on one side. To make evenly-cut shoestring fries, press the vegetable peeler firmly into the potato and drag the hook across its surface. Now your french fries will fry more evenly and look super professional!
These 7 cooking hacks are not only time-savers, they're going to make your meal prep and cooking look and taste even better. Give them a try and make cooking fun again!