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9 Cooking Hacks For Life

Instead of kitchen disasters...become a real Masterchef. Cooking hacks that I've been taught that have saved me!

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1. What to do if you don't have baking powder or soda

If you don't have baking soda, you can use baking powder but you will need 2 or 3 times as much baking powder for the same amount of soda to get the same amount of leavening power. BUT be careful you measure correctly as it can leave something tasting a little bitter.

If you don't have baking powder, you can substitute it for baking soda if you increase the amount of acidic ingredients in the recipe to offset the baking soda. You'll need much less baking soda as it is 3 x as powerful as baking powder. I.e. a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice for every 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

OR you can make your own baking powder - mix one part baking soda & two parts cream of tartar. (Be mindful that homemade baking powder is not double acting and will start to react as soon as it gets wet, so work quickly & don't let the batter sit around!)

2. How to banish 'onion-related' tears

Its simple. (Without buying ugly goggles...or searching up old tales tricks)

Grate or food process the onion instead of chopping.

A. Its does make you cry.

B. It is finer, therefore not as chunky in bolognese or taco mince.


3. How to chill your drinks quickly

Awkward. The wine isn't chilled for date night.

Don't fear. Wrap a wet paper towel around the drink and place it in the freezer, you will be able to speed up the cooling process.

In short, this is caused by rapid evaporation of the water in the towel which pulls heat away from the drink much faster than it just sitting in the freezer by itself.

4. How to remove shell from your eggs

Instead of a spoon...use the rest of the shell to scoop out broken pieces.

Wetting your finger first is also helpful if the shell is too cracked to be useful for this purpose!

5. Do I need to buy a spoon rest?

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Most pots have a whole in the top of the handle. This is not only used to hand them in a commercial kitchen. This hack, once I found out, I never rested it on a plate or on top of the pot again.


6. How to cut an avocado cafe style

1. Cut the avocado in half & remove the pip

2. Use a spoon to separate the skin from the avocado

3. Using your hands peel back the skin to reveal that bright green goodness

4. Optional: slide neatly to plate up or leave full half on plate ;)

voila restaurant style!

Or use these steps:

7. How to tell if your eggs are A-OKAY

A fresh egg will sink to the bottom and lay on its side.

A rotten or bad egg will float to the top and bob around the surface. Do not eat these.

8. How to make moist Subway style cookies

Just add a tablespoon or more depending on how moist you want them of water to your dough. This will avoid your cookies becoming too dry or hard!

9. How to de-seed a pomegranate in seconds

You can use the bowl of water method and hand pick the seeds out.

Or you can slice a pomegranate in half, pull the edges to stretch/separate the skin.

Hold it facing seeds down over a bowl and using a wooden spoon hit the back, as many times as you think depending on the size of your fruit and the seeds will all fall out neatly into the bowl.

The only mess you need to remove is the white skin that has fallen into the bowl.

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