May 14th, 2013

3 Cooking Tips That Will Rock Your Kitchen

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There are so many fantastic cooking tips out there, far too many to include here. Over time I’ll keep adding more and more to the list. A few of my favorites have included how to clean stainless steel pots and pans and stainless steel appliances. Here are three more cooking tips that have really rocked my kitchen.

Easy Peasy Egg Shell Remover

If you use eggs to cook you know how frustrating it can be to get a piece of egg shell out of a mixture. There’s good news-no extra tools or fingers required. Simply use another piece of egg shell from the cracked egg to scoop it out. For some reason the extra shell cuts right through the egg and easily scoops up the annoying piece of shell. Try it and you’ll be amazed.

Get Rid of That Garlic Smell

I love garlic and all of its superpowers, but I can’t stand the smell it leaves on my hands after chopping. Here’s a trick to get rid of that stinky garlic smell: After working with garlic, rub your hands on your stainless steel sink or with a stainless steel utensil for 30 seconds before washing them. Bye, bye stinky garlic smell.

Chopping Onions Without Tears

Cutting onions and crying seems to go hand-in-hand for most of us. Here are a few tips for keeping those tears at bay when chopping an onion:

  • Sharpen those knives. Using a sharp knife means that less enzymes are released since the onion is sliced through, not crushed.
  • Cut or peel your onion under running water.
  • Dunk the onions in cold water for 15 minutes before cutting,
  • Refrigerate or freeze the onion for a few minutes before cutting or chopping.
  • Chop near a flame. The rationale seems to be that the flames sucks in many of the offending vapors before they reach your eyes.
  • Spray a little vinegar on your cutting board before you slice.

Do you have any simple cooking tips to add to the list?


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18 Responses to “3 Cooking Tips That Will Rock Your Kitchen”

  1. Great tips! I will definitely try the egg shell one the next time I need to get a stray shell.

  2. It really works Marsha. No more digging around with your fingers!

  3. My entire family makes fun if me when I wear my Onion Goggles, but I won’t chop onions without them!

  4. I’d like to see you in your Onion Goggles Becky! I need to add that one to the list.

  5. I love your onion tips. I wonder if this trick works with horseradish. When you grind that horseradish, you ball like a baby. Seriously.

  6. Anna, You’ll have to let me know if it works for horseradish. I have no idea! You cry from horseradish??!! Guess I don’t use it much.

  7. Lori, have you been peeking in my kitchen window? How did you know I’ve had all of these pesky problems? 😉 Thanks for some great, green solutions. I love how it wasn’t necessary to buy anything at all! Off to sharpen my dull knives…

  8. Oh my gosh, I LOVE that garlic tip!!

  9. These are great tips! the eggshell makes so much sense! MY fav kitchen tip is boiling a mixture of vinegar and water in your tea kettle when the hard water deposits get to be too much! Instantly shiny! (although you DO need a good rinse after because who wants vinegar tea!?)

  10. Thanks Cathy! I love it too :) It works.

  11. So true Joy, nothing else needed to solve all of these problems. That doesn’t happen too often. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  12. I tried the eggshell tip again today and it really does work Amy. My finger couldn’t grab the shell. Great tip for my tea pot. I’ll have to give it a try.

  13. MY favorite kitchen tip is boiling a mixture of vinegar and standard water in your tea kettle when the calcium in the standard water deposits get to be too much! Instantly shiny!

  14. Great tip. Thank you!

  15. Those tips do rock! I especially like the tips for cutting onions, it hurts my eyes so much I was considering buying those onion goggles!
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  16. My microwaving cleaning secret — slice lemon in half and put 1 qt of water (I use a Pyrex measuring cup). Heat on high for 5-10 mins, then let it sit for 15 mins without opening the door (very important). Steam loosens any splatters and you can easily just wipe it clean with a rag. No cleaning products needed.

  17. Hi Isabelle, Thanks so much for sharing your secret to cleaning a microwave. I can’t wait to try this.

  18. Thanks Kelly. I’ve seen the onion goggles. They’re hilarious and they work!

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