7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions

Blossom Lady
Feb 02, 2021 06:43 AM
7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions

Genius hacks and simple solutions are amazing because they make our lives easier, save time, and minimize effort. Today I’d like to share with you some more kitchen hacks, including an easy way to keep potatoes white, to save cut fruit from browning, to avoid plastic wrap disasters, to scoop out squash seeds easily, and simple ways to peel ginger and potatoes. I hope, these simple ideas and tips will make your time in the kitchen a little bit more pleasant!

Keep potatoes white

7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions
Cover shredded or diced potatoes with cold water before cooking to prevent the spuds from turning that gross grayish/brown caused by the release of a starch that makes them oxidize.

Save cut fruit from browning

7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions
You’ve probably heard that a little squeeze of lemon juice can keep apple slices from looking unappetizing. A mixture of 1 part honey to 2 parts water works much the same way to keep fruit from browning. Ever wonder why this works? The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon juice and a peptide in honey slow down the oxidation process that causes discoloration.

Avoid plastic wrap disasters

7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions
Had enough of wrangling plastic wrap? Store the roll in the fridge to cover leftovers with less of a hassle. Chilling the wrap temporarily reduces its stickiness.

Check if eggs are still (incredibly) edible

7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions
Your nose alone won’t always tell you if eggs have gone bad. To find out, gently place uncooked eggs in a bowl of cold water. If an egg sinks to the bottom, it’s A-OK. If it floats, it’s seen better days. Over time, the liquid inside eggs evaporates through the porous shell, leaving a gas bubble inside. The floatier it is, the older it is.

Easily scoop out squash seeds

7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions
Remove seeds from vegetables like squash and pumpkin with an ice cream scoop. Because the edge of the scoop is sharp, it cuts through the fibrous, gooey stuff inside the squash better than your hand or a regular spoon.

Peel that papery skin from ginger

7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions
No need to pry off ginger’s knobby skin with a peeler. Ginger root skin is actually quite delicate and can be scraped off with a teaspoon.

Peel potatoes without a peeler

7 Culinary Hacks & Simple Solutions
Time to ditch the peeler again! Peel a potato in a snap by boiling it for a few minutes, then giving it an ice bath — a method known as blanching. The skin will separate from the potato center so you can pick it right off.
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Feb 02, 2021 10:57 AM

Thank you for the ideas. M