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Do you envy those who it seems are born with natural cooking talents or those who grew up with talented cooks to learn from?
Most people without formal training don’t really enjoy it and some even find it to be a chore not worth doing.
Luckily, there are many tips and tricks you can use to make your life at the stove a bit easier.
Here are 7 cooking hacks we hope will make you feel more confident in the kitchen.
Measuring Sticky Ingredients
Honey or molasses can be a bit to measure because the stick to the measuring cup or spoon.
To solve this, just spray your measuring cup with some cooking spray to make the honey or molasses easily slide right out.
Batch Pancake Mix
Some mornings you just don’t have a lot of time. But there are some things that can make your morning a little quicker, less messy, and easier.
Mix up your pancake batter and store it in batches in the fridge. Just mix up a few days worth of batter, pour enough for one day’s use in each plastic baggie or pastry bag, seal them and store them in the fridge.
When it comes time to use it, pull it out, cut the corner off the bag, and just squeeze it out in your pan for perfect, quick, no mess pancakes.
Dull Knife? No Problem
Did you know you can use dental floss to slice cheese and even things like Swiss rolls? Sometimes a knife can be slightly dull and make a mess of a delicate item, that’s when you can use dental floss.
Just wrap the dental floss around the item, criss cross it at the top and pull each end and watch as it makes precise, quick cuts for you.
If you want to have an almost quick sweet cake treat, then get your fave cake mix.
Mix the batter according to the box instructions, pour the mixture in a preheated waffle iron and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until it cooks through. You can even add some frosting made of cream cheese or powdered sugar.
Fresh Herbs Every Time
Do you keep a garden in the warmer months? Don’t let those herbs go to waste at the end of the season.
Gather up your herbs, divide them evenly into ice cube trays, melt butter (or use olive oil) and pour on top of the herbs. Place in the freezer, once frozen, remove from the trays and store in freezer bags.
Next time you need a fresh herb mix, just pop a cube or two in the pan and start cooking.
You can even make different mixtures of herbs, just be sure to label the container so you know what’s what.
Avocados out of season are often not ripe when you purchase them, they’re hard inside and you can’t use them.
To do to ripen and soften them in about 24 hours: put them in a paper bag. That’s it! Close them up in a paper bag and they’ll ripen overnight. For an even faster hack, throw a banana in the bag. Don’t forget though, or they will over ripen in no time.
The taste of fish grilled outside can’t be beat. But, the mess it makes when it sticks to the grill doesn’t make it worth the effort.
The best way to do it is to throw down some lemon slices on the grill and use them as a “pan” for your fish. It adds flavor and keeps the fish from sticking to the grill.
We hope these 7 cooking hacks make your life easier. Do you have any hacks you use that you’d like to share?