We’ve gathered 35 professional cooking secrets that will revolutionize the way you do simple things like cooking bacon and squeezing lemons as well as more complex tasks like cooking the perfect mashed potato dish.
You might not have even realized you were doing anything wrong. However, once you learn to cook like the master chefs do, life suddenly becomes a whole lot easier. Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult, folks! Armed with a little bit of knowledge, anyone can cook like a pro.
1. Cook bacon in an oven instead of frying it.
It gets the bacon just as crispy as pan-fried bacon but without any of the grease splattering. Clean up is much easier, plus the bacon is all cooked more evenly.
2. Drop an egg in a glass of water to make sure it is fresh.
3. Preserve fresh herbs by freezing them in olive oil.
The cubes stay good for up to six months. When you are ready to cook, pop a flavored cube out of the freezer and toss it in your pan.
4. Use leftover pickle brine instead of trashing it.
5. Place a wooden spoon on top of a pot of simmering liquid to keep it from boiling over.
6. Hold eggs under cold running water when peeling them.
7. Clean wooden cutting boards using lemon and salt.
Sprinkle salt over the board. Then cut a lemon in half and scrub the board with it while squeezing some of the juice out. Let the juice sit until the liquid becomes gray and then rinse or wipe it off.
8. Hard boil eggs the easy way by following these steps.
Then poke the top of each egg with a thumbtack to make a small hole before dropping them in the water for 10 minutes. Pour off the hot water, lightly crack the eggs, and let them sit in cold water to cool before peeling.
9. Use a bundt pan to cut corn off of the cob.
10. Grill fish on top of lemon slices to infuse flavor.
11. Dampen your fingers to remove egg shells from a dish.
12. Weave bacon when placing it on sandwiches.
13. Place a mug of water in your microwave to keep food from drying out.
14. Use leftover bacon grease to fry other foods.
If you want to store the bacon grease for later use, make sure to run it through a strainer first to remove the food particles before placing it in the fridge.
15. Prevent freezer burn on ice cream by trimming the lid of the container.
16. Vegetable peelers are a very versatile tool.
17. Use a cheese grater to remove burnt spots on cookies.
18. Make sure baking soda is fresh by testing it with vinegar.
19. Create your own cooking spray by mixing 5 parts water to 1 part oil.
20. Baking powder can be tested for freshness using warm water.
21. Store plastic wrap in a freezer or fridge to make it easier to use.
22. Check to see how full a propane tank is by pouring warm water on it.
The areas that don’t have propane will absorb the heat from the water and feel warm. The section of the tank that has propane in it will feel cold still.
23. Scoop seeds out of cucumbers and other vegetables with a melon baller.
24. Cook your potatoes in milk when making mashed potatoes.
25. Get more juice out of lemons by microwaving them for 20 seconds.
26. Pick a good watermelon by inspecting the bottom of it.
27. Deep clean a cast iron skillet with soap and steel wool.
First, scrub the pan with steel wool and then use a sponge to clean the rest of the dirt. Make sure to heat the pan up after washing to remove any leftover water and moisture or else you risk rust forming.
28. Place an ice cube on top of burgers when grilling.
29. Make a basted egg cook better by adding water to the pan.
30. Shuck corn the easy way using a microwave.
31. Let a steak come to room temperature before cooking.
32. Almost all dishes can be enhanced with high-quality olive oil.
33. Peel tomatoes by cutting an X in the bottom and boiling them.
34. Add a bit of sugar to cooked vegetables.
35. Meat is much juicier if you brine it first.
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