Cooking with Heart and Hacks

Wise old women will tell you that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but any experienced man will also tell you that one of the best ways to impress a lady is to cook for her. We all need some kitchen skills, from young students living alone to moms and dads feeding their families.While some may be naturally gifted or have had the pleasure of growing up with some talented cooks who were happy to give them a few pointers along the way, there are a lot of people out there who shy away from the kitchen because they find cooking complicated, and even a little bit confusing.

Fortunately, several different tricks can help one greatly improve their cookinglife, and perhaps even get some people to want to further improve their skills. Here is a run-down of some of the most useful cooking hacks that can benefit everyone, regardless of skill level.

  1. Ice cream can get rock hard in the freezer and it takes ages to thaw out just enough that you can eat it. A simple trick to keep it just the right consistency is to put the container in a plastic zip-lock bag before throwing it in the freezer.
  2. When frozen and then mashed up, bananas create a perfectly creamy ice cream base that you can be mixed with other fruit and various toppings to create super-healthy homemade ice cream.
  3. A zip lock bag or a pastry bag can be used to mix up pancake batter. Make sure to make a small cut in a corner of the plastic bag if you don’t have a pastry bag. You have to clean up less afterwards, and you can make some very creative shapes.
  4. Things can get messy if you are cutting a particularly large cake and only have a small knife, but even things like cheese and Swiss rolls can be difficult to cut precisely. You can use dental floss to make quick and precise cuts and avoid trouble.
  5. You can spend a couple of hours on a lazy Sunday and cook up enough frozen veggies, chicken, fish, steak, rice, baked potatoes or whatever else you like to eat, and store the food in plastic containers. Mix it up, and you will have quick meals ready to go for the next few days or the entire week.
  6. People often view pancakes as a dirty pleasure, but you can make healthy and diet-friendly pancakes using protein powder, almond milk, oat flour, different fruit and other healthy ingredients.
  7. If you are the kind of person who likes to add fresh herbs to meals, you can stock up on herbs, chopped them up, put them in an ice cube tray, cover them in olive oil and freeze them. Next time you are cooking something, just drop a cube in and have yourself a treat.
  8. Baked treats tend to get fairly dry and don’t taste so good after a while. A good way to combat this is to keep them in a plastic container with an apple slice, which will help them preserve moisture and stay yummy for much longer.
  9. In case you just have to eat some boiled eggs right now and you only have fresh ones, you can add a little salt to the water with them and then use a spoon to crack one end slightly and start peeling the shell from the inside. It’s incredibly quick and simple.
  10. To make perfect poached eggs you need to keep the eggs in a consistent shape when boiling them in water. A simple, trick to ensure that the egg whites keep a consistent shape is to soak the eggs in white vinegar for several minutes before breaking them open.
  11. Fish will tend to stick and even break up when placed on the grill, but if you put it on top of lemon slices and grill it like that it will be much easier to prepare, and it will get that nice zesty flavor.

There you have it, folks, and some great ways to spice up your time in the kitchen. These aren’t everything you can learn in the kitchen though, there are so much more of these little tricks you can learn, if you keep cooking, keep spending time in the kitchen. Experience and Practice make perfect, after all.


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