Want to make cooking easy and more enjoyable? Try these fun and surprising tricks;
1. Store Spices in the Right Location
To prolong the life of your spices, keep them in a cool, dark place. Don’t store them on top of the stove, as heat and humidity can alter their flavour.
2. Shut the Stove Off Before Eggs are Done
The trick to great eggs is to not overcook them! Whether you scramble, fry, or poach, always turn off the stove a few minutes before the eggs look done—even when they seem a bit runny. The remainder of the heat will cook them to fluffy perfection.
3. Add Salt to Boiling Pasta Water
When you make pasta, salting boiling water will add flavour from the inside out. The rule is about 1-2 tablespoons for a large pot of water, stir it until it dissolves, and once boiling, add pasta. It sounds simple (and it is!), but it will elevate the taste of your dish.
4. Use Pasta Water to Create a Pasta Sauce
If you thought your pasta tasted good before, wait until you try this trick. Before dumping used pasta water, add a cup of it to your saucepan. Then, add the pasta directly to the skillet. The salty water will add more flavour to your dish. Reserved pasta water also contains starch that can be used to adjust the consistency of the sauce. Your taste buds will appreciate it—and the texture will be spot on. Trust me.
5. Always Keep a Few Essentials on Hand
We’ve all been there. You stare in the fridge, thinking there’s nothing to eat, so you order take-out and call it a night. Nope. Stop right there. It’s easier to get creative with what you have if you are stocked with the right tools. Bonus points if you keep meat (chicken breast, hamburger meat, salmon, etc.) and frozen vegetables in your freezer for last-minute meals.
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