Monday, February 8, 2010

0 5 Cool Kitchen Tips To Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier!

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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.....

(5) The most effective way of opening a coconut is to whack it in the center with the blunt edge of a meat cleaver: No really. I swear. Just make sure you have a good grasp on the coconut & the cleaver (!), & be sure to hold the coconut over a bowl, so that when it does crack, you'll catch all the juice. Also, make sure you whack the coconut several times all around the center until it cracks open into two halves. Again, I can not stress how important it is to use the BLUNT side of the cleaver. :) Please be careful when you do this; I wouldn't want anyone to end up in the emergency room after trying this technique!

Click here to view a proper demonstration.

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

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