April 24, 2012

DIY | 7 Kitchen Tricks Every Cook Should Know

1. How to Remove Broken Egg Shell Bits Dropped into Eggs

“It happens to all of us: You crack open an egg and a tiny piece of its shell falls into the bowl along with the raw egg … Next time, wet your finger with water before attempting to fish it out. You'll be shocked at how easily it can be grabbed and eliminated.”

2. How to Break Open Stubborn Pistachio Nuts

“Pistachios are way too expensive to waste. Yet many of the delicious roasted nuts arrived in shells with little to no opening … Take one half of a shell, stick it into even the littlest opening of an unopened pistachio, and turn the shell half like a key. The pistachio will pop right open!”

3. How to Restore Burnt
Pots & Pans

“… Spray pots and pans with oven cleaner in a well-ventilated place (try the new "greener" versions or your own non-toxic recipe, available online) and leave them for a couple of hours the grime will wipe right off! Then wash them thoroughly with a vinegar and water solution and put them through the dishwasher before using them.”

4. How to Refresh Honey that has Crystallized

“You know that jar or bottle of honey that's hardened and crystallized on your shelf? It can easily be brought back to its easy-to-pour glory if you let it sit for 15 minutes in boiling water that has cooled for five minutes.”

5. How to Soften Brown Sugar That’s Become Hard

“Brown sugar hardens as its moisture evaporates over time in the cupboard. But you can easily re-moisturize it by placing the open sugar bag in a microwave with a cup of water next to it and zapping it on high for three minutes.”

6. How to Make Stained Cutting Boards Look Like New

“Can rings and wine and strawberries stains don't help the style of your cutting board. To get out stains, try sprinkling the board with salt rubbing it with lemon. For more stubborn stains, try an abrasive antibacterial kitchen cleaner and scouring pad. For the toughest, reach for sandpaper! And of course wash thoroughly afterward!”

7. How to Use Up Overripe Fruit

“… You don't need to toss your bruised or overripe bananas, peaches, or strawberries. The minute you see your fruit going bad, wash it, slice it, peel it
(in the case of bananas) and freeze it in sealable bags. Then you have instant smoothie or pie makings anytime!”

Excerpts quoted via Shine’s article, 7 Kitchen Tricks You Should Know.”
Photo: White Knight (Flickr)

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