Any time you can introduce quick, easy, painless, and helpful kitchen fixes to your daily kitchen duties, you save money, make working around the kitchen safer and easier, and brings some potentially delicious benefits to your meals. Here are 12 helpful kitchen fixes you can put to work immediately;
Parchment paper is a great way to protect counter tops when preparing raw meat and sea food. Spreading a sheet under the cutting board or bowl you are using prevents the raw meat juices from spilling over unto your work space and contaminating it. When you are done you just throw it away and only minor additional clean up is necessary.
Room temperature meat is difficult to handle. It is very slippery and increases the chance of injuring yourself while working with it. Cold meat is a lot easier to handle. The colder it is the better. Slightly frozen meat does not slip out of your hands as easily and make preparation a lot faster and safer.
To retain the juices and prepare moist poultry and meat, let the meat rest before you cut them. The amount of time you allow the meat to rest depends on its weight. Pork steaks need about five minutes; a large pork roast may require 15 to 20 minutes. Testing will help you establish the best time.
To prepare perfect pasta that will not clump and your sauce will stick to, do not add oil to the pasta water, it prevents the sauce from adhering to the pasta. Stirring constantly will keep the pasta from sticking to the pan.
A barbecue cleaning brush has nice and sturdy bristles that are excellent for scrubbing claims, mussels, and cleaning other types of shellfish.
Heating or toasting spices that have loss their zing to reinvigorate the flavor. Place them in a cast-iron skillet over low heat. Do not add any oil. If you use a thinner aluminum pan be careful because spices burn easily. You can also extend the life of your spices by keeping them out of direct sunlight and storing them in dark colored glass containers.
Dry meat and vegetables brown better than wet ones. Before cooking them, pat the food dry with paper towels. The steam from the moisture left on the food prevents it from getting the nice brown crust you want.
To keep brown sugar from hardening before you use it, or to soften already hardened sugar, here are two fixes that work. Place the brown sugar package in a second plastic bag. This reduces the amount of moisture and air that attack the content. Place a slice of bread or a couple apple wedges in the sugar bag. Seal the bag and store it at room temperature. Be sure to squeeze all of the air from the bag before sealing it.
Placing a firm lemon in the microwave at 10 second increments will soften it. Now the fruit can be juiced easily.
Allowing knives to sit in water dulls the blades. Wash and dry them immediately after each use, do not wash them in the dishwasher, and avoid leaving them in the sink. This prevents the blade from becoming dull quickly.
Placing a damp towel underneath the cutting board will ground it and stops it from sliding while you are using it.
If you need a cooking substitute for buttermilk when you are out, try placing 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in 1 cup of low-fat milk.
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