7 Kitchen 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 remove the seeds from cucumbers, idea for breaking eggs clean, solution to get all the eggs into the pan at the same time while frying or poaching eggs, and more. I hope, these simple ideas and tips will make your time in the kitchen a little bit more pleasant!
1. Cucumber prep multitasker
Removing the seeds from cucumbers is a vital step toward avoiding soggy salads. Instead of dirtying a spoon, use the curved blade of the swivel-style peeler that you just used to peel the cucumber. After halving the cucumber lengthwise, use the tip of the blade to gently scrape out the seeds.
2. How to skin an eggplant
Removing the charred skin from a roasted eggplant can be frustrating and time-consuming. You can use plastic wrap to make quick work of this job.
1. After roasting the eggplant over a direct flame or under a broiler until completely soft, let it cool to room temperature, then wrap it in two layers of plastic wrap. Cut off the top inch of the eggplant at the stem end.
2. Holding the plastic wrap as you would a tube of toothpaste, squeeze out the eggplant flesh, leaving the skin attached to the inside of the plastic wrap.
3. Foolproofing unwanted egg rolls
Try these tips for putting an end to wobbly eggs on your kitchen counter (and their occasional accidental trips to your kitchen floor).
A. Use a recycled egg carton both as a container to keep the eggs from rolling off the counter and as a receptacle for the empty shells. Trim the top and the flap from the carton, then cut the base into three sections, each able to hold up to four eggs. While measuring the other ingredients of a recipe, safely store the eggs in one section and return the spent shells to the container as you use them.
B. Here’s a quicker fix when only one or two eggs need to be corralled. Simply nest the egg inside of a thick rubber band.
C. Steady eggs with the help of a small piece of rubber shelf liner mat. Its tacky surface keeps the eggs in place.
4. A cleaner break
Rather than crack eggs on the edge of a bowl or countertop and risk dripping the raw contents on the work surface, break each egg on a flat, rimmed surface, such as a large plate or plastic container lid. It not only offers easy cleanup but also prevents any uncracked eggs from rolling away and holds broken shells before they’re discarded.
5. Teacup egg dump
When frying or poaching eggs, it is important to get all the eggs into the pan at the same time. In order to do this efficiently and neatly, crack the eggs into small cups with handles, like a teacup. You can have one or two eggs in each cup. When the pan is ready, lower the lip of each cup into the pan at the same time and then tip the eggs into the pan.
6. Pick up (chop)sticks
Keep a pair of chopsticks on hand in case you accidentally drop a piece of shell into the pan while cracking eggs into a hot skillet. When it happens, quickly remove the pan from the heat and use the chopsticks to carefully extract the shell.
7. Eggshell magic
Trying to remove small bits of stray yolk or eggshell from freshly cracked eggs can test the patience of any cook. Try solving the problem with the egg itself.
A. Dip an eggshell half into egg whites to scoop out bits of yolk. The eggshell acts as a magnet, attracting the wayward yolk.
B. An eggshell half can also be used to attract pieces of shell that fall into cracked eggs.