17 Kitchen Tricks – How to Make Cooking, Storing, and Cleaning Easier

How to choose a ripe avocado, save salty soup, cut meat easily and preserve vitamins in vegetables. Many little secrets turn the hostess into a culinary wizard and the kitchen into a workshop where miracles happen. We’ve put together a list of good tips for the kitchen – use them, you won’t regret it.

1. Wrap the grater with cling film

Do this when you need to grate something on a fine grater. For example, citrus zest, garlic, or chocolate. Then you do not have to pick out the remnants of the product from small cloves. Remove the film and carefully shake the mass into a dish.

2. Save salty soup

Rice and pasta are endowed with the beneficial ability to absorb the salt. Wrap them in gauze and dip them into the soup for 5-10 minutes. You can learn more about the secret mission to save salted soup in our article.

3. Separate the yolks from the whites

An ordinary plastic bottle will help you. Carefully break the egg onto a flat plate. Squeeze the bottle lightly to release the air. Unclench when you bring the neck to the yolk, it will be sucked in along with the air. It remains only to press the bottle again over a clean container. The title of “Hostess of the Year” is guaranteed to you.

4. Let the meat “rest”

It is wrong to serve meat to the table piping hot. If you cut the carcass immediately after heating, most of the juice will flow out of it and the dish will turn out dry. Remove the meat from the oven, cover with foil and let it “rest” for 10-20 minutes.

5. Don’t store food in bags

It is so convenient to wrap sausage, cheese, vegetables and fruits in plastic bags and put them in the refrigerator. However, this is a big mistake: storing in bags leads to the fact that the products are damp and quickly covered with mold.

It is better to store them in a glass container. You can wrap food in parchment paper, foil or put it in plastic containers, which must be marked – a spoon with a fork.

6. Remove the smell from the refrigerator

Absorbents will help to do this, at least one of them is sure to be found in the kitchen of every housewife. These include:

  • pieces of rye bread;
  • rice grains;
  • apple slices.

Lay them on the shelves of the refrigerator and change in a day or two.

And one more prerequisite: maintain order in the refrigerator and try to promptly remove spoiled food.

7. Make your meat work easier

Freeze a piece of meat, then it will be easy to cut and grind in a meat grinder.

Another useful tip: put crushed ice into crumbs in the prepared minced meat, this will give the dishes from it extra juiciness. We have revealed all the secrets of the perfect stuffing in this article.

8. Don’t let the cake dry out

Eat it right away. And if you couldn’t, attach slices of bread to the cut points and secure with toothpicks. An experienced hostess knows that this way the cake will not get stale longer.

9. Keep your apples looking their best

Apples are good in salads and desserts. They have only one drawback – they quickly darken. This happens when the iron contained in apple juice comes into contact with air during cutting. Lemon juice will help: sprinkle it with apple slices immediately after slicing.

10. Get rid of the smell on your hands

So that the smell from your hands does not remind you all day long that you were cutting garlic, onions, or fish in the kitchen, wipe them with lemon slices. Soda and parsley leaves also do a great job with the smell.

11. Help the apples stay put

Charlotte doesn’t taste good if the apples sink to the bottom. To avoid this, use a helpful tip: roll them in flour before putting them in the dough.

And one more life hack for a cunning housewife: do not take the cake out of the oven immediately after baking, otherwise, it will settle. Let it warm up for another 10 minutes.

We talked separately about how to choose the best apples for charlotte, as well as about the secrets of the culinary process during the preparation of everyone’s favorite pastries.

12. Store grains properly

It is best to store cereals in glass containers. The contents of the branded packaging are poured into it as soon as the purchase was brought into the house. And in no case do not leave the product in a plastic bag: the cereal will “suffocate” in it, an unpleasant smell and taste will appear.

And one more useful trick of an experienced hostess. Before pouring the cereal into a container, it would be nice to ignite it a little in the oven or hold it in the freezer for a couple of days. Such measures will help get rid of bugs and larvae if any.

13. Choose an avocado by its tail.

Instead of crushing the fruit, use the following advice. Try to tear off the stem. If it sits firmly, the avocado is not yet ripe. If it came off easily, inspect the speck that appeared in its place. In a ripe fruit, it will be yellow or green. The brown color indicates that the fruit has begun to deteriorate.

14. Save your vitamins

During heat treatment, vegetables lose nutrients. To avoid significant wastage, peel vegetables before cooking. Cut into large pieces and put in already boiling and lightly salted water.

The kitchen must have an enameled or aluminum pan: it is best to cook vegetables in them.

15. Take care of the broth

After removing the foam from the meat broth, put the onion into it along with the husk. She will clear the broth of the remaining foam and give it a delicious golden hue. The advice will work if you remove the onion in time: as soon as it starts to boil.

16. Fix the color

When boiling beets, cauliflower, or rice, add a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar to the water. This will help preserve the beautiful color of the products and pass for an experienced hostess. And to get a delicious golden onion, sprinkle it with flour during frying.