The holiday season is fast approaching, which means more gathers. Whether you’re whipping up a small dinner or hosting guests, cooking at home doesn’t have to be stressful and complicated. Make cooking at home easier and better by using these ingenious restaurant hacks in your own home kitchen.
- Burned Foods
Salvage a burned meal by sticking it in the freezer for a couple minutes. Although this will not remove the charred look, it can help to eliminate the bad taste.
Rather than discarding tomato “guts,” use a cutting board with an attached trough to capture the liquids and freeze it in ice cube trays. You can then use these tomato juice cubes to season future meals.
- Iceberg Lettuce
To easily remove the core from a head of iceberg lettuce, with the core-side down, slam the head against a cutting board. Then, turn it over to remove the middle.
- Tongs FTW
Rather than using slotted turners or spatulas to flip meats, reach for a sturdy pair of tongs that will make it much easier.
- Clean Cutting Boards
Want to cut down on cleaning? Cover your cutting board with a layer or two of plastic wrap before prepping your fruits and veggies. When you’re done, you can simply remove and discard the plastic wrap.
- Deglazing Your Cast Iron Skillet
You can use a generous amount of cheap vodka to de-glaze your skillet without disrupting its seasoning and safely lift the food remnants for a scrub-free soak.
- Crispier Bacon
Coat your bacon slices in flour. It will still taste like bacon, but you get an extra crunch.
- Knives Knowledge
According to professional chefs, all you really need is a classic chef’s knife, and offset serrated knife, and a paring knife. Invest in quality knives, follow the care instructions closely, and learn basic knife skills.
- Protect Against Peppers
Before chopping spicy peppers like habanero and jalapeño peppers, coat your fingers in olive oil (remember to get under the fingernails, too). After you’re done chopping, use plenty of dish soap to wash it away.
- Heat Your Plates
Put heat-safe plates in the oven before plating your meal. This will keep your food at the right temperature longer than a room-temperature plate.
- Taste As You Go
Whenever you introduce a new flavor as you’re cooking, be sure to taste it to make sure you’re not over or under-seasoning your dish.
At the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli, we serve a variety of signature sandwiches and salads made to order. We are now open weekdays 8:00am-7:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or have our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS. We also provide catering for business lunches, special events and parties. Call 909-596-5225 to learn more!