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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.
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.
Watch the video: How to Make Mess-Free Pancakes
Cut cake layers without a knife
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!
Watch the video: How to Slice Cake Layers With Dental Floss
Poach the perfect egg
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.
Watch the video: How to Make Perfect Poached Eggs
Make light, fluffy potato gnocchi
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.
Watch the video: How to Make Potato Gnocchi
Peel hard-boiled eggs effortlessly
Hard-boiled eggs are rich in protein, and they make a great grab-and-go snack. Just pack a spoon with youit will help you take the shell off quickly and neatly, especially if the eggs are very fresh.
Watch the video: How to Peel a Hard-Boiled Egg
Peel a kiwi without squashing the fruit
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.
Watch the video: How to Peel a Kiwi
Shuck an oyster with ease
You'll need finesse, not brawn, to break into an oyster and enjoy the delicate meat and briny nectar. Chef José Andrés demonstrates two easy ways to shuck an oysterincluding one surprising shortcut.
Watch the video: How to Open an Oyster
Peel ginger with a spoon
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.
Watch the video: How to Peel Ginger
Poach salmon with a sandwich bag
Poaching is one of the healthiest ways you can cook salmon, and you don't have to stink up your kitchen to do it. All you need is a plastic sandwich bag and a lemon.
Watch the video: How to Poach Salmon in a Baggie
Revive stale bread in your oven
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.
Watch the video: How to Revive Stale Bread
Separate egg whites with a water bottle
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.
Watch the video: How to Separate Egg Whites With a Water
Slice soft cheese without the mess
Cheese is a tasty addition to any party platter, but the softer varieties can be hard to cut. Learn how to cut soft cheese into perfect slices so your guests can enjoy a snack without making a mess.
Watch the video: How to Slice Cheese With Dental Floss
Truss a chicken, no twine needed
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.
Watch the video: How to Truss a Chicken With Dental Floss
Dry herbs in the microwave
If you've ever purchased and used fresh herbs, you know that it's hard to use up the entire batch before it goes bad. Learn how to save money by drying fresh herbs in a microwave.
Watch the video: How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave