7 Simple Kitchen Hacks From Culinary Experts

We tend to waste lots of time in the kitchen by doing inconvenient things like getting grease off a pan, or defrosting something. But experts have solutions for all these little time-consuming problems to save time. And 7 such incredible kitchen hacks, that can save you loads of time and energy are revealed here for you.

1. How To Clean Seasoning Off An Iron Pan

Kosher salt can clean seasoned iron pan

Take some kosher salt and sprinkle on the pan. Now scrub the iron pan with paper towel. Rinse in thoroughly with hot water. Wipe it dry with paper towels. Apply a thin film of vegetable oil and cover it paper towel and stack it in the rack.

2. Hard Mass Brown Sugar

 Brown sugar forms lumps due to moisture

Sometimes brown sugar forms hard lumps due to moisture in the air. It can be difficult to use, especially when you are in the middle of a recipe. Use this simple trick to solve this “hard” problem. Place the lump in a bowl. Sprinkle one teaspoon of water on it. Cover the hard mass with a moist paper towel. Now microwave it for 30 seconds. Take it out and see if it is soft. Continue to microwave for 30 seconds period with intervals until soft again. After it is soft, store the sugar in an airtight container.

3. Simple DIY Bread Crumbs

 Breadcrumbs can be made from heels of breads

Collect the heals of your breads and store in a bag in refrigerator. When you have sufficient amount of bread heels, take them out and chop it large chunks. Put the chunks in food processor and process it until fine crumbs are obtained. Now toast the crumbs in the microwave at 350° F, toss it once in between until dry. It can take up to 4-5 minutes. You can store the crumbs in the refrigerator for 6 months and use it for exceptional culinary experiments.

4. Save The Tomato Paste For Later

 Freeze the tomato paste for later

Sometimes we end up making an amount of tomato paste more than what’s required. But, you don’t have to waste it any more. Take out an ice tray. Use a spoon to scoop a dollop of tomato paste and put it in the shallow trough of a tray. Now refrigerate it until solid. You can directly use the solidified paste for your recipes. No need to thaw. You can give this a try for your chipotle in pesto.

5. Keep Your Bakes Fresh

Pack the box with plastic wrapper to save it from moisture

Keep your cookies and cakes fresh using this simple trick, if you are using basic boxes to present them to your loved ones. After cooking, keep the baked item in your basic cardboard box. Now take that box and wrap it tightly with plastic wraps. See the photo for reference. But instead of individual brownies, pack the whole box. This will protect your delectables from air, while keeping them moist and crunchy.

6. Cut Ice Cream Cake Like A Pro

 Use hot knife to cut ice cream cake

Now you don’t have to wait for the ice cream cake to soften for you to cut. Take a large knife and put it under running hot water or you can soak it in hot water as well. Now, you can use that knife to glide through the cake without wasting any extra energy, while cutting it with absolute precision.

7. Prepare Salad In Advance And Keep It Fresh

 Layer and store your salad in the refrigerator

Finished salads can become limp and soggy when left for sometime. Now you can prepare your salad in advance and keep it fresh until served with this hack. The hack behind keeping salads fresh is layering. Take a large bowl and put the dressings at the bottom of the bowl. Now, place a layer of wilt-proof vegetables on top of the bottom layer like carrot, peppers etc. Layer that up with leafy parts. Cover the entire bowl with damp paper towels and refrigerate it. Before serving, add tender add-ons like croutons and toss it all up.

These simple hacks can save time and make our lives a little easier. So, experiment in your kitchen and make more culinary wonders using these simple tricks.