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8 Kitchen Tricks Every Cook Should Know

Cooking is one of my favorite things to do, although I don’t do it as much as I’d like to. Hence, it’s often (meaning all the time) a mystery to me. I’m not even talking about complex techniques that require special skills and practice over time.

I find myself in awe time and again, how I manage to precisely follow a simple recipe and successfully ruin it. But for those occasional times I do whip up something triumphant, I thank these tips.

Any cooking tips you find helpful? Share them below–I could always use more.

1. How to Remove Broken Egg Shell Bits Dropped into Eggs

Wet your finger with water before attempting to fish it out. You’ll be surprised at how easily it can be grabbed and removed.

2. How to Break Open Stubborn Pistachio Nuts

Many pistachios arrive in shells with little to no opening. Solution: take one half of a shell, stick it into even the littlest opening of an unopened pistachio, and turn the shell half like a key. The pistachio will pop right open!

3. How to Restore Burnt Pots & Pans

Spray pots and pans with oven cleaner in a well-ventilated place, leave them for a couple of hours, and the grime will wipe right off! Then wash them thoroughly with a vinegar and water solution and put them through the dishwasher before using them.

4. How to Refresh Honey that Has Crystallized

Let it sit for 15 minutes in boiling water that has cooled for five minutes.

5. How to Soften Brown Sugar That’s Become Hard

Brown sugar hardens as its moisture evaporates over time in the cupboard. Re-moisturize it easily by placing the open sugar bag in a microwave with a cup of water next to it and zapping it on high for three minutes.

6. How to Make Stained Cutting Boards Look Like New

Sprinkle the board with salt and rub it with lemon. For more stubborn stains, try an abrasive antibacterial kitchen cleaner and scouring pad. For the toughest, reach for sandpaper! And of course, wash thoroughly afterward.

7. How to Use Up Overripe Fruit

Don’t toss your bruised or overripe bananas, peaches, or strawberries. The minute you see your fruit going bad, wash it, slice it, peel it (in the case of bananas) and freeze it in sealable bags. Then you have instant smoothie or pie makings anytime.

8. How to Quickly and Easily Peel A Potato 

Put aside your potato peeler. Instead, try this trick: after boiling the potato, put into cold water for 5 minutes. Twist the potato skin off with your hands — it should come right off.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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Stephanie is the founder and curator of Chléa Living, and copywriter for Chléa Consulting. A peanut butter lover and a sucker for big band music, Stephanie loves to bake, karaoke, and obsesses over making lists. Her biggest pet peeve is a messy space, which is why she loves cleaning and organizing. While she loves waking up in the morning to make a smoothie and meditate, her secret dream is to win an eating competition (shhh). Follow @stephaniejaya on Instagram for a daily dose of all things sunny, happy, and yummy!

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