Every home cook needs some tricks up his or her sleeve. A handy list of healthy and natural (as opposed to potentially hazardous) “kitchen hacks” was brought to my attention, and I can’t wait to put some of them to use starting today. Below are some ways to recover from common cooking mishaps. For more great food storage, cleaning, and other random but awesome tips, click here.
- If you’ve burned your gravy, pour it into a new pan and sprinkle a dash of sugar in it. – The sugar will counteract the bitterness from the burned gravy, but won’t leave it with a sweet taste.
- Did you add too much salt? Throw in a peeled potato. – Throw in a peeled potato while your dish is still cooking.
- When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking. – This is great right around Easter time. No one wants cracked Easter eggs.
- Is your rice a bit brown on the bottom of the pot? – Place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for approximately 5-10 minutes. This will take away that burnt flavor. Remember to take off the burnt part when you serve it!
- When your casseroles or other dishes end up to greasy, add a piece of ice. – The ice cube will attract the fat, which you can then spoon out.
- No need to buy expensive mixing bowls with rubber bottoms. – Set you’re bowl on top of a damp cloth. You’ll never have to worry about it sliding around while you’re mixing something.
- Burnt food smells can removed from the air by placing a shallow bowl about ¾ of the way full with white or apple cider vinegar . – The odor should disappear in less than a day or if it’s a really strong odor it might take 1 to 2 days.
- Soak stove burner grates in 1 gallon warm water and 1/2 cup baking soda. – them Leave them in there for 30 minutes. Rinse and dry them and they will be looking shiny and new.
- To get rid of those stuck on food splatters in the microwave, place a water-soaked sponge inside and cook in on high for two minutes. – Leave the microwave door closed for another five minutes to let the sponge cool off. The steam will loosen up the food and you can easily wipe it all off without the use of chemical cleaners.
- Spills in the oven – If that dish your cooking starts to cook over, take it out of the oven and pour salt on the spill. This will soak it right up. When the oven is cool, wipe with down with a damp sponge.