Monday, February 8, 2010
0 5 Cool Kitchen Tips To Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier!
You'd be surprised with what you can do with just a little in the way of kitchen tools. You don't need an overly-equipped kitchen with every single gadget on the planet to accomplish many food preparation tasks. Here are some useful & creative uses for the most basic of kitchen tools:
(1) Use the side of a spoon to scrape off the skin of ginger root: This little tip I learned is surprisingly effective. Plus, it works even better than a ginger grater, which tends to remove not only the skin, but also a whole lot of ginger along with it!
(2) Remove garlic skin by laying the flat (i.e., horizontal!) side of a knife over the clove & then giving it a quick pound with your hand: No need for a garlic peeler. The skin will come right off. This is probably not a revelation to most chefs, but I'm listing it here in case there are some people who have never tried this technique.
(3) Roll a lemon on your kitchen countertop before cutting it to help get more juice out of it: This really does make a difference. Try it sometime.
(4) It's actually possible to remove potato skins with your bare hands. Here's how: The easiest way to remove potato skins (other than peeling them) is to boil the potatoes in salted water, cool them in an icewater bath, & then peel the skin with your fingers. The skin will practically fall off.
And I'm saving the best for last.....
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This technique is SO much better than drilling out the coconut eyes & then banging it with a hammer, or dropping it on the floor or from a second-story window, & hoping it'll open -- all techniques I have tried in the past with varying degrees of success & mess. :-D