From beginners to cooking experts, accidents happen to everyone that ruin the dishes they are preparing and sometimes even the utensils used. There are also those who ignore some tricks that make cooking much easier. Below we present some cooking tricks that will be of great help, follow them and you will not be left with a bad taste in your mouth.
1. Crispy French fries
French fries should be crisp and golden. Unfortunately, a sometimes they are pale, soft and tasteless.
To prevent this from happening, follow the steps below:
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into strips, possibly all 1 cm wide.
- Wash with plenty of water.
- Prepare a pot with enough water and salt and boil the potatoes for half an hour.
- Remove from the heat and, when they have cooled, put them in the freezer for a few hours.
- If they are already frozen, put the oil to heat over high heat. When the oil has reached the desired temperature, add the potatoes and that’s it!
2. Keep the bread fresh
Bread is an ingredient that lends itself to preparing light and simple dishes. Don’t miss the opportunity to prepare a delicious dish because you let it go bad.
- To best preserve the bread, just put it in a plastic bag with a stalk of a celery and close it very tightly.
- In this way the bread absorbs the humidity of the celery and will remain in good condition. Since celery doesn’t have much flavor, it won’t spoil the bread.
3. Maintain the color of the vegetables
Among the best cooking tricks there is a really simple one: sprinkle a little lemon on the red vegetables while cooking.
In this way. you will be sure to preserve the flavonoids, compounds responsible for the coloring of some fruits and vegetables such as apples, blueberries, onions and strawberries.
4. Soup too salty
According to a proverb, those who use too much salt in the kitchen do so because they are very happy. If you have gone too far with salt in the preparation of a soup, the remedy is very simple.
While the soup is boiling, add a peeled potato cut in quarters to absorb the excess salt.
If you have used a lot of it, add more potatoes until the flavor is to your liking.
5. Soften the meat with the baking soda
Baking soda has a myriad of uses to make household chores easier. One of them is to soften the meat.
- Sprinkle the baking soda all over the meat.
- Rub so that it is absorbed well.
- Leave to rest in the freezer for 4 hours.
- Thaw and wash thoroughly with water to remove the baking soda.
Baking soda breaks down the proteins in meat, helps soften it and make it easier to prepare.
6. Faster ice cubes
Ice is very useful for reducing bruising, removing chewing gum from clothing and hair, and, of course, cooling drinks or accompanying a liqueur.
If you are in urgent need of ice, don’t worry, you don’t have to run to the supermarket to buy it. One of today’s cooking tricks will come to your aid.
Note the following steps:
- Heat the water until it reaches its maximum boiling point.
- Turn off the heat and pour the water into the molds.
- Put in the freezer.
Incredible as it may seem, boiling water freezes faster than cold tap water.
This is known as the Mpemba effect, which is named after a Tanzanian school student who discovered and popularized it.
7. Keep the knives sharp
If you want your knives to last longer and always be sharp, keep them in wood or attached to a magnet.
- Avoid using them on ceramic, glass or marble, as they will ruin them.
- It is best to wash and dry them immediately after use to avoid oxidation.
8. Clean up burnt pans
When the cooking time of a food is exceeded and it burns, it is rather difficult to get rid of the layer of residue stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Unfortunately, soap and water are not enough to completely dissolve and remove this type of dirt.
Take note of the last of the cooking tips on our list, so that your pots and pans are perfectly clean with less effort and in a short time:
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar (20 ml)
- 1 wooden spoon
- Remove residues with the wooden spoon so that the pan does not scratch and damage its non-stick layer.
- Pour the vinegar into the pot and put it on the stove until it comes to a boil.
- Turn off the heat and let the pan cool for a few minutes.
- Remove the vinegar and rinse with plenty of soap and water.
The vinegar will dissolve all the dirt and the bad smell of the burnt food will be removed from the pot.