14 Clever Cooking Hacks You Need to Try
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 & Wine—no fancy gadgets or chef-worthy knife skills required.
Make mess-free pancakes
Cut cake layers without a knife
Poach the perfect egg
Poaching the perfect egg is easier than it looks. The secret is starting with a simple household ingredient. Watch this Food & Wine video to see how to poach an egg.
Make light, fluffy potato gnocchi
To make light and fluffy potato gnocchi, you need to know how to handle the dough. Watch this Food & Wine video to learn which kitchen tool can help you make pillowy (not dense) gnocchi.
Peel hard-boiled eggs effortlessly
Peel a kiwi without squashing the fruit
Shuck an oyster with ease
Chef José Andrés demonstrates how to open an oyster—including a surprising shortcut. Watch this Food & Wine video to learn his super easy technique.
Peel ginger with a spoon
Is fresh ginger hard to peel? Well, it has a lot of nooks and crannies that make it look intimidating. Watch this Food & Wine video for a genius way to peel fresh ginger using just a regular spoon and how to mince ginger with a fork.
Poach salmon with a sandwich bag
Revive stale bread in your oven
Bread is best when it's crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Stale bread is neither of those things. Watch this Food & Wine video to learn a super easy way to revive stale bread so that it looks and tastes fresh.
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
Making perfect slices of soft cheese like brie or goat cheese can be difficult (and messy) with a knife. Watch this Food & Wine video for a genius tip—and it works on cookie dough, too!