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20 culinary life hacks to help out in the kitchen and help you save time and money

11 months ago

Each of us from time to time needs prompts that open our eyes, helping to notice (as it turns out), almost obvious things. And culinary life hacks are just one of them. We want to share with you some tricky tips regarding food preparation, which were kindly told to the whole Internet by kind people who are ready to share their experience and knowledge with others.


If you want to fry meat or cutlets from a particular side, but they always tend to turn over, then ordinary forks can be used as an anchor


ATTENTION: be careful when touching the forks, as they can become very hot depending on the cooking time 🍴


“Chips in the microwave! Slice the potatoes as thin as possible, sprinkle a plate with oil, arrange the potato slices, sprinkle with salt and your favorite spices. Cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, then turn over and cook for another 2-3 minutes. ”


Just want to warn you that this is not as easy as it might seem, but the presence of a shredder will greatly speed up and simplify this process.

Cooking times may vary depending on the amount of potatoes you cut and the microwave power. If done right, it really tastes good.


"A tea strainer is perfect if you need to evenly sprinkle the surface with flour, cornstarch or powdered sugar"


Just fill the tea strainer with the powder of interest, and shake it vigorously over the dish you want to sprinkle 🌨️

Of course, you can just take a pinch with your hand, but then the ingredient will not be applied evenly, and besides, you will stain your fingers in the powder, and the powder in what may be on your fingers, for example, water.


"Wrap lettuce stuffing sandwich / burger on the one hand, to at meal time, it does not fall on the other hand,"


If you, too, rebuild your sandwich / burger after each bite, your pain is familiar to us 🍔

users also suggested in the comments, you can simply cut the filling smaller, then it will not try to "run away" from you.



"I will never throw away potato skins again!"



If you are interested in the question of why, in this case, you cannot immediately eat potatoes with a peel, then everything is simple - hardly anyone will be delighted with the hard peel in mashed potatoes 🥣

When asked if it tastes good, the author of the photo replied: “It tastes like fried potatoes, texture crispy! "


How to peel potatoes with a toilet brush attached to a drill



First of all, you will need to attach a toilet brush (clean!) To the drill. Empty the potatoes into a bucket, filling it about half full with water. Then turn on the drill, gently sliding it from side to side. The authors of the method continued to pour water from the hose throughout the cleaning, so that the dirty water was poured out, and the bucket was gradually filled with clean water. After that, you just need to pour the peeled potatoes into the pan, which can already be cooked 🥔


"If you add fresh pineapple juice or crushed pineapple in the marinade for the meat, it will not only give the meat a natural sweetness, but also make it softer,"


The main thing is not to leave the meat in a marinade for a long time (not more than 2 hours), as pineapple acid over time can turn it into "meat puree" 🍍


“To keep the cake fresh, add slices of bread to the cut area, securing them with toothpicks.”


Interesting method because after 30 minutes the bread will absorb the molecules of the cake and will taste sweet. The bread keeps the cake fresh, and the cake turns the bread into cake. Endless cake! 🍰

Although who are we kidding, of course, there will be no cake left 😉


“We had mashed potatoes and decided to fry them. An amazing appetizer came out. ”


In fact, this is a fairly common dish for Hungary, where it is called“ gombóc, but most often it comes with a sweet filling.

Photo author: “I made the mashed potatoes relatively thick and put them in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Then I rolled the mashed potatoes into separate balls, and put them in the freezer for another hour. Then he rolled each ball in flour, and rolled them twice in an egg and bread crumbs, and then fried in vegetable oil " 🟤


“Cooking fish fillets? Use ultraviolet light to easily see the remaining tiny bones, even those that you tried to remove, but they accidentally broke off. ”


Advice is good for everyone, except that not all people have ultraviolet light at home, but if you are very fond of fish, then it might be worth considering buying an ultraviolet lamp or flashlight 🔦


“If you want to make muffins, donuts or other filled baked goods, use a syringe without a needle. Syringes are easier to use than piping bags and are reusable and cheap! "


Advice: it is better not to use syringes found in the park for this, otherwise, you may start to hear colors 😉

Also, if you are doing this in front of someone's eyes, then, just in case, it is better to explain that you are just injecting the filling, and don't try to poison anyone or they might call the police.


“What do I do when my baking dish is too big?”


For this life hack it is better to use a thicker foil, but if you do not have one, you can fold the usual one several times.

Sleight of hand, some foil and no cheating ⬜


 Cook potatoes and chicken on the same pallet, separating them with a wire rack. Thus you will save time and fat dripping from the chicken to the potatoes, make it even tastier


Before using this method, do not forget to lubricate the bit with oil grate, which will facilitate its cleaning after cooking🍗🍟

After cookingnot hurt also pour water grate, which should already will turn off towards the end of your dinner.


“My sister did this so that the ladle would not fall into the bowl.”


Now guests can freely pour their drinks, and they will not have to climb their hands into the common bowl every time the ladle slips into it.

This tip is also great for other liquids that occasionally need to be poured into smaller containers.


“Grate a piece of toasted bread if you run out of bread crumbs”


Perhaps, to someone this may seem like advice from the series: “Out of ice cubes? Freeze some water! ”, But in fact, not everyone can guess before this 🍞

Also, this advice is perfect for those who need very little bread crumbs, and it makes no sense for them to buy a whole package.


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Who among us would refuse practical advice that is sometimes so necessary? Probably only the one who knows everything in the world and does not need hints, but there are probably only a few such people. Therefore, we want to share with you culinary life hacks that will surely come in handy if you decide to conjure in the kitchen.


Recommendations for rolling stuffed pita bread that you can fry and get yummy



If you have a man-shaped cookie cutter, then you also have a deer cookie cutter. Amazing, isn't it? Take a look at the photos below to understand how it works.



Use an apple slicer to cook chips



You can make grilled cheese in a waffle iron



Two frozen pizzas and one baking sheet? Not a problem!



Store grapes in the freezer to use as ice cubes in your wine. And when you're done drinking, you can eat wine grapes.



Just look at this!



When you've finished with a can of mustard, don't throw it away, but make a delicious salad dressing with just 4 ingredients: leftover mustard, apple bite, butter and jam (or berry mixture)


Cooking method:

  1. In a mustard jar, add 15 ml of jam (preferably from sour berries).
  2. Fill the jar 25% with apple cider vinegar.
  3. And 75% vegetable oil.
  4. Close the jar with a lid and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  5. Enjoy the delicious dressing that can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks!


If you really feel like making a homemade hot dog but don't have buns, baked potatoes can be a great alternative.



Empty ketchup bottles make great batter dispensers



Grind some white rice in the grinder to remove odors.



If you want your French toast to have a delicious golden crust, add a little brown sugar to the egg before dipping the bread in this mixture.



In the event that you like grilled fish, but you do not want to suffer, cleaning the grill, just make a lemon "pillow" by placing the fish on it



The case when the lid is too small for the pan



Use a spoon to secure the strainer



If you prefer to cook rice in bags, then this life hack will tell you how to let the water drain.



Use parchment paper to keep the meat from sliding out when you beat it



Cooking meatballs? Lubricate your hands liberally with oil. The meat will not stick to your hands, and you will get a smooth, uniform meatball texture



If you need to cook perfectly shaped scrambled eggs, then use onion rings


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Cooking is an optional activity that we do when we don't want to look like lazy bums who eat nothing but sandwiches and scrambled eggs.Cooking is an art, and like any art, not everyone can be good at it. Some people are so clumsy when it comes to cooking that the kitchen is simply destroyed.


But even with the help of modern cooking tools and step-by-step recipes, it happens that our culinary attempts completely fail and we turn a masterpiece into failure. These are the photos of culinary failures that we want to share with you.



1. "My 'damaged' nipples came out in the test ..."



2. "This is our ladybug bun. She seems to judge us."


3. "Composition:" Dad tried to make wine ""


4. "It looks like using a syringe to inject the filling into a jelly bun is not a good idea."


5. "I will never be called to marry"


6. "My sister made French fries. By the way, they also burned."


7. "I found a spoon in my homemade bread. That's a plus, I thought I lost it."


8. "I wanted to bake a lobster-shaped pie ..."


9. "I was trying to have dinner after work. I hate my life."


10. 5 minutes before closing after 12-hour shift


11. "My friend made a hedgehog for the birthday of her 14-year-old son. Strange, for some reason her child was not happy."


12. "When all I want to do is cook spaghetti, but all the signs indicate that this will not happen."


13. "Thought I'd make pancakes tonight, turned the pancake over and almost wet my pants."


14. "I came tired from work and decided to cook pasta. The first pan slipped out of my hands, and I dumped everything on the floor. I decided that on the second try everything would work out, but the handle broke, and now my pasta is everywhere. I didn't eat, I went sleep"


15. "I baked some cat-shaped strawberry muffins and then froze them. Now they look like burn victims."


16. "I was making homemade chicken broth. The recipe was that after a few hours of boiling it should be drained. Damn it."


17. "I was boiling an egg this morning and something went wrong."


18. "I tried to cook sweet potatoes in my new deep fryer. You can cook meat on these coals."


"19. Today was a foreign culture night in my house, so I decided to cook a traditional dish from Pompeii."


20. "Apparently, proper nutrition is not mine."

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