Cooking isn’t easy. It’s time consuming, and can sometimes be downright difficult. Tell me if you can relate… You are reading over a new recipe that you are excited to try. You have all the ingredients, already put on your favorite apron, and have picked the best spatula. As you’re scanning over the steps, you see the dreaded words “thinly grated cheese”, “soften but don’t melt butter”, “separate egg whites from yolk”, or anything requiring an avocado. Suddenly, you are already discouraged and exhausted. Cooking just became a chore. You’re no longer excited about this recipe that you’ve been dying to try. We’ve all been there. The last thing you want to do is spend more time preparing the ingredients before you can even begin to start cooking them. Well, I’m here to solve some of your cooking and preparation woes. I’m providing a few tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way that are designed to save you from a headache and more lost time.
Tips and Tricks
1. Separating an egg: Many recipes call for just the egg yolk or just the egg white. For some, the process can be a daunting task but I have a fun trick to save time. You start by cracking the entire egg onto a plate. Then you take an empty water bottle and squeeze it over the yolk, it will instantly be sucked into the water bottle. And tah-dah you have your egg separated and can use the part of the egg that you need for your recipe. Fun fact: this is also a great party trick and helpful for impressing or entertaining any guests lingering in the kitchen. I’ve posted a video below to watch it in action!
2. Softening butter: This tip is for when you don’t have an hour to wait for the butter to soften and you don’t want to completely melt it. A faster way is to either cut the butter into eights so that there is less surface area, which helps it to soften faster. You can also grate it with a cheese grater or put it in a Ziploc bag and roll it with a rolling pin.
3. Grating cheese: This is for when you are grating cheese, especially soft cheese like fontina or mozzarella. Freeze the cheese for about 30 minutes before you are ready to grate it, this will make the process a lot easier.
4. Avocado pit: The only bad thing about avocados is getting the pit out and trying not to cut yourself while doing so. For years I was cutting the avocado in half and trying to squeeze the pit out, but I learned that if you cut it into fourths it is a lot easier to get it out without a visit to the emergency room with a severed hand.
5. Storing Knives: If you keep knives or other sharp utensils, such as scissors, in a drawer, putting wine corks on the end will keep you from being poked/stabbed when opening and reaching into the drawer. This is especially helpful if you keep your knives with your silverware. Make sure the tip of the knife is wedged far enough into the cork to keep it from falling off, but not too far that it splits the cork in half. Great way to keep knives safe if there are children in the household.
See, now wasn’t that a lot less painful? It truly is the little things in life that can be the most pleasurable. Be sure to check back next week for a review on a “Blue Apron” recipe.
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