Super-easy, time-saving tips and tricks from our friends at Food & Wine
July 29, 2014
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Genius cooking tips
Anyone who's striving to follow a healthier diet should start by prepping more meals at home. Cooking your own food allows you to control portion sizes and ingredients used, not to mention it saves you money. But there is a learning curve when it comes to all that chopping, slicing, and dicing. That's why we've collected 14 clever tips and tricks for cooking at home from our friends at Food & Wineno fancy gadgets or chef-worthy knife skills required.
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Make mess-free pancakes
Fresh, homemade pancakes are delicious, and fun to make. But it often leaves a big mess in your kitchen that you won't enjoy having to clean up. Here's a genius way to make pancakes without having to wash a single dish or spoon.
Have you ever wondered how professional bakers make their beautiful layer cakes? You can do it yourself at home without having to sharpen your knife skills. Discover how to cut cake into even layers using... dental floss!
Whether you use them to top a bed of salad greens or a slice of toast, poached eggs are one of life's simple pleasures. But the biggest challenge when poaching an egg is coaxing it to keep its shape. Learn how to poach picture-perfect eggs using one simple household ingredient.
If you've ever tried to make homemade potato gnocchi, you know how difficult it is to prevent them from turning into dense, chewy little balls instead of the pillowy pasta you crave. There's just one simple kitchen tool you will need to make perfect potato gnocchi.
The flesh of kiwis can be super soft, making it hard to separate the peel from this delicious fruit that's packed with fiber, vitamin C, and folate. Using just a spoon, though, you can peel a kiwi quickly and neatly.
Ginger adds a fresh and spicy kick to almost any dish, but it has nooks and crannies that make it difficult to peel and mince. Here's a quick and easy way to prepare fresh ginger using a spoon or a fork.
A fresh baguette features a delicious, crunchy crust and fluffy middle, but when it goes stale, it turns into a rubbery hunk of bread. Bring life back to dried-out, stale bread with this oh-so-easy technique.
If you've ever tried to separate egg whites from their yolks, then chances are you've had to deal with leftover bits of the shells. Next time you're making an egg-white omelet or a batch of rich pastries, separate yolks in bulk using this easy, foolproof technique.
When roasting a whole chicken, it's important to cook your bird evenly on all sides without burning the wing tips. An age-old cooking technique that can help is trussing your chicken with butcher's twine. You can also truss your bird with an item you should already have in your medicine cabinet: dental floss.