Cooking and cleaning up afterward can be a bit laborious. Use these hacks to save time and minimize efforts whilst in the kitchen
How to remove excess fat from cooked food
If you’ve cooked a dish that contains a lot of fat and you don’t want to start spooning out the excess fat from the meal, you could refrigerate and remove the solidified fat. You can also grab a couple of ice cubes and a paper towel, wrap the ice in the towel and wipe it over the top of the food. The ice will act as a magnet, drawing floating fat towards it to congeal on the tissue.
How to cut onions without tears
There are a number of ways to do this:
- Freeze the onion
Keeping the onion in the fridge for 15 minutes will definitely reduce the irritation, but it’ll be difficult to cut owing to the fact that it’s frozen. However, bear in mind that you can only freeze your onion if you want to use them in cooking, don’t freeze if you intend to use in a salad, it’ll lose its crunch.
- Cut under running water
You can cut them in the sink under running water, the running water redirects much of the vapor away from your eyes. You’d have to be careful while doing this, as the running water makes it difficult and distracting
- Putting a piece of bread in your mouth
The science behind this is that onions contain amino acid sulfoxides, which react when cut to produce a sulfur gas — which travels up, meets the water in your eyes, and forms sulfuric acid causing tears and sniffling. Having a slice of bread in your mouth helps stop the sulfur gas from reaching your eyes in the first place, as the gas dissipates through the bread and is breathed into your mouth.
The proper way to clean an iron cast pan
To stop a cast iron frying pan from rusting over time, avoid washing it using regular dishwashing liquid. Use table salt instead. This method will also rid the pan of persistent odours from spices used during cooking.
Removing unpleasant odour from your hands
To get rid of unpleasant onion or garlic odour after cutting, rub table salt or lemon in your hands and rinse with water.
Don’t let salt harden
Put rice in your salt container to stop the salt from hardening. The rice absorbs condensation that can cause clumps.
Stop your onion from burning when frying
If you are sautéing onions and they start to get too brown, toss in an ice cube to chill down the pan fast. The water will evaporate quickly, and your onions will be saved.