By Brad Jones
New technology and kitchen gadgets can be great to make life easier and cooking faster. The problem: They can be expensive, hard to clean, and hard to find. Sometimes, you can take everyday kitchen items and use them to your advantage. This week, DIG Magazine heads into the kitchen to “hack” everyday items in your kitchen to make things easier.
Hack #1: Squeeze Your Lemons the Right Way
If you need fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice, take out a pair of normal tongs. Cut your lemon/lime in half and place between the tongs. Squeeze the lemon/lime with the tongs to maximize the amount of juice from the lemon. This also keeps your hands from getting sticky with lemon juice.
Hack #2: Peel Your Ginger with a Spoon
When you are peeling ginger, use the edge of a spoon. The spoon is much better at getting in the crevices of the ginger and wastes less of the actual root than a traditional peeler.
Hack #3: Separate Egg Yolks with a Water Bottle
When you need to separate the yolk from the white of an egg, get an empty plastic bottle and squeeze it. Hold it over the yolk in a bowl and slowly loosen your grip on the bottle, so the pressure pulls the yolk into the bottle. Gently squeeze the yolk into a separate bowl.
Hack #4: Clean Up Messy Eggs with Salt
If/when drop an egg or get egg on your counter, grab a container of salt. Pour the salt over the egg until it is coated. The egg should easily wipe up with a paper towel.
Hack #5: Save Leftover Herbs on Ice
After you buy herbs or have leftover herbs from the garden and you want to keep them around, chop them up. Take an ice cube tray and put a pinch of herbs in each cube. Pour olive oil over the herbs and put in the freezer. Next time you are cooking, put a cube of the frozen herb oil in the pan. The herbs will stay fresh and it is easy to take straight out of the freezer and begin cooking.
Hack #6: Cut a Pint of Ice Cream in Half
The next time you want to have ice cream with a friend or significant other, take a pint of ice cream out of the freezer and grab a serrated knife. Slice the pint container and ice cream all the way through with the serrated knife. Eat the ice cream directly out of the half container. No bowls to clean up and perfectly portioned for two hungry people. (Note: sometimes, the lid leaks a drop or two)
Other Hacks to Try:
- If you break a glass, clean up the small pieces of glass with a slice of bread. The bread will absorb the small pieces of glass and spare your hands. Lastly, and this is important, make sure to throw away the bread.
- Having trouble getting your Oreo out of the glass of milk? Use a fork. Put the white of the Oreo on a fork and dip.
- Have to peel a bunch of garlic cloves? Break apart a head of garlic and put the cloves in a metal bowl. Place a second bowl over the top and shake the bowls vigorously for 15-20 seconds. The cloves should be completely peeled.
- Dirty microwave? Put a bowl of water with a couple of split lemons in the microwave for 3 minutes. The stuck on mess in your microwave should easily wipe off.
- When buy greens at the store, put them in plastic bags about half full. Exhale into the bags and seal, so they are puffed up. The CO2 with help keep them from wilting too fast.