1. Freeze meat before cutting
Why should you put an ice cube on a burger? This will be revealed later in the article. Now, let’s get this ingenious tip: If you try to cut raw meat, you may find that the texture makes it difficult to cut precisely. You can cut rough cubes or small portions, but separating a thin, sandwich-friendly piece is almost impossible for most home cooks.
To solve this problem, it is enough to put the meat in the freezer before preparing it. Don’t let it get too hard – 15 minutes should be enough.
As soon as the meat cools down a bit, you will find that it is much easier to cut. You can process it precisely, but still, add it straight to the pan and continue cooking as normal.
2. Brush your fish with mayonnaise
Fish is a wonderful way to support your diet with healthy protein. But have you ever tried to roast fillet on the grill just so that it breaks up into small, unsavory pieces?
It is a difficult task to keep the fillet in one piece until you can get it on your plate. Fortunately, there is an easy solution.
Before you throw your fish on the grill, brush it with a little mayonnaise. It prevents the fish from sticking to the grill without changing the taste of the fillet. It promotes even browning so that every cook would proudly serve the fish.
3. Lemon in the microwave for more juice
Juicing lemons is not always easy. Sometimes it takes a lot of muscle for just a little fresh lemon juice – most of the time it’s not worth the effort.
Before juicing your next lemon, put it in the microwave for a short seven to ten seconds. Once it’s out, roll the lemon over a flat surface a few times, lightly pressing the lemon with your hand.
You can then cut them and juice them as usual. With this method, you should get a lot more juice with significantly less effort.
4. A delicious extra for your burger
Who doesn’t like cheese? Probably everyone likes him. And there is nothing better than cheese on a hamburger to refine the taste a little.
But the days when you added slices of cheese to your burger before eating are over! There is something much better!
A very easy way to add cheese to your burger and make it even better is to put a piece of Babybel cheese right in the middle of the patty. When you roast the burger, the cheese melts in the middle and you will see your burger has never tasted so good!
5. Chop the chicken with a hand mixer
Most chickens are chopped up by plucking them apart with forks, but this can be time-consuming and you don’t always get even pieces. However, there is a simple but very useful tip to make chopping chickens easier and faster.
You need a blender for this. First, put the filleted chicken in the bowl of a blender.
Turn on the mixer at low speed and let it run for a few minutes until it has shredded the chicken. You can also use a hand mixer, but be careful to shred the chicken a little more before mixing.
6. Cut herbs with a pizza cutter
Knives are perfect for chopping vegetables, but it takes a bit more work to cut herbs. If you use a knife on greens, you may find that in the end you often end up with a mushy mess instead of a bunch of fresh herbs.
If you want to simplify cutting your herbs, use a pizza cutter. Place your herbs on a board and run over them a few times.
The pizza cutter cuts directly through the herbs, creating clean lines and not a mess like a knife. You need less time and have nicer herbs.
7. Store peanut butter upside down
Anyone who regularly eats natural peanut butter knows that having to stir the oil that is often deposited at the top of the jar can be annoying.
This happens because natural nut butter does not contain stabilizers, so the peanut oil separates from the butter. Fortunately, there is a trick that does not require hard stirring.
Keep your peanut butter jar upside down to prevent the oil from settling. As liquids tend to rise, the oil is forced to work its way back down into the peanut butter. Simply flip the glass over after each use to easily avoid the problem.
8. Allow food to ripen faster in a paper bag
Have you ever brought home a few fruits just to find that they’re not quite ripe enough to eat ? While you can wait for the fruit to ripen, you can also speed up the process with a paper bag.
Enter unripe fruits just in a paper bag and fold it into place. The ethylene gas is enclosed in the bag so that the fruit can ripen much faster than outdoors
Just be sure to check this fairly regularly. If you leave them in the bag for too long, you will end up with rotten fruit!
9. Cook potatoes before peeling
If you want to prepare a whole bunch of potatoes, you have to peel each potato first. Not only is it time-consuming, but it is also quite tiring to have to scrape the skin off every single potato.
Instead of pulling out the tried and tested peeler, you should instead grab a pot of boiling water. Draw a small line around the center of each potato with a knife and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
When the time is up, put each potato in a bowl of ice water. When the potatoes have cooled, you can pull off the peel and continue with the rest of the cooking.
10. Spray Your Cheese Grater With Cooking Spray
If your recipe calls for grated cheese, you will need to use the generally unpopular cheese grater. It’s not that it’s difficult to use, but it’s really no fun cleaning it afterward if the cheese tends to get caught in every nook and cranny.
Fortunately, there is a trick to make the tedious cleaning easier. Before using your cheese grater, spray it with a little cooking spray.
The cooking spray prevents the cheese from sticking to the grater, so you can grate faster and then clean faster. With this tip, your frustration with the cheese grater will simply melt away.
11. Freeze leftovers of wine or stock in an ice cube tray
If you use wine or broth for cooking, you know only too well that often liquid residues remain. You can either throw away your excess broth or wine or put them in the refrigerator where they could get worse before you can use them again.
However, there is another solution. Instead of wasting the excess liquid, pour it into an ice cube tray and put it in the freezer.
The next time you need to use it for cooking, you can take out a few frozen ice cubes and put them straight into your saucepan. The liquid will be the same as when you first opened it and you will not waste anything.
12. Place an ice cube in your burger
When burgers are grilled at home, even good cooks find it difficult to keep the burgers nice and juicy while the minced meat is completely roasting. As it turns out, ice cubes could be the perfect solution.
While forming your burger patties, place an ice cube in the middle of each burger and shape the patty around it. Then throw the burgers on the grill and roast them as usual.
The ice melts in the patty during cooking and keeps your meat nice and juicy. Say goodbye to burger meat that is too dry with this trick.
13. Cook the fish in parchment
You can certainly throw your fish straight on the grill to prepare a quick dinner, but there are some advantages to cooking fish in parchment paper.
When the fillets are placed in individual packages, they absorb every taste that you previously included in the parchment.
So when you prepare your next fish dish, wrap your fillet along with spices and vegetables in parchment paper. This method not only enables faster cleaning but also leads to special packaging for one serving that is bursting with taste. A simple trick with many advantages.
14. Cut fries with an apple cutter
Making homemade fries is certainly appealing, but it is often more time-consuming than simply ordering your favorite fries at a nearby restaurant.
Now you can make your own crispy potatoes from scratch using an apple slicer. Cut one end of potato and place it on a hard surface. Place your apple slicer over the potato and push it down to get perfect, even fries.
In a matter of seconds, you have a tray full of potato wedges that just have to be baked until crispy. It’s so easy to make your own french fries.
15. Preheat the pan
If you’ve ever looked at a recipe, you know that every professional will instruct you to preheat your pan before cooking. But are you really following this advice? You should do that.
If you don’t preheat the pan, you can still cook your food. That is why it is so easy to ignore this step.
But if you preheat the pan, you guarantee that your food will cook faster and more evenly than if you throw it on a cold pan. You should preheat your pan for at least three minutes before adding your ingredients. A simple but important step.
16. Recognize ripe avocados on the stem
Avocados are the most picky fruits. They appear to ripen in seconds and rot just as quickly. What’s worse, it’s hard to tell when your avocado is really ready to eat.
Instead of guessing and cutting into a possibly unripe avocado, you should check the ripeness level on the stem. If the stem pulls back slightly and shows a green interior, you have the perfect avocado. If it is difficult to pull the stem away from the fruit, it is not yet ripe. When you pull back the stem and the inside looks brown, the poor fruit has peaked.