food hacks

Remove A Cucumber's Bitterness By Chopping And Rubbing The Ends

Cucumbers are a healthy snack, but they often have a bitter taste. You can get rid of this bitterness by thinly slicing off both ends and rubbing one piece against the cucumber.


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Use The 'Reversal Technique' For Drip-Free Salmon Sushi [Video]

We have previously shown how to “Zebra” your sushi for fewer drips and better flavour distribution. However, this technique only really works with inside-out rolls. If you prefer traditional sushi with food on top of the rice, the sauce just sluices off. Here’s a simple hack for applying drip-free sauce to takeaway sushi with the precision of a katana-wielding ninja.


Cut Tomatoes Easier With A Serrated Knife

Unless you have a very sharp knife, cutting tomatoes is a messy affair. A serrated knife does better than most other knives.


Why Bottled Sauce Is So Hard To Pour (And How You Can Get It Out)

There’s something about tomato sauce (ketchup to our US cousins) that comes out of a glass bottle that just makes it taste better, but getting it out is a war of attrition. This is the science behind the conundrum, and how you can get it flowing.


Make Browned Butter In The Microwave Instead Of The Stove

Many recipes call for the nutty flavour of butter that’s been slightly burned, often called brown or browned butter. You can make it on the stovetop, but the microwave takes less time and has less risk of overcooking.


Boil Tofu Instead Of Pressing It To Reduce Moisture

For many recipes, firm tofu requires pressure to squeeze out the moisture. Pouring boiled salt water over the tofu gives you similar results in a fraction of the time.


Make Creamier Homemade Ice Cream With A Bit Of Booze

If you’ve ever made ice cream yourself, you know that if you don’t eat it right away, it gets pretty hard in the freezer. Keep ice cream creamy all the time by putting some alcohol in the mix.


Jelly And Marshmallows Make A Quick And Tasty Fondant

Fondant icing is the ingredient cake artists use to create their masterpieces. Supermarkets don’t always carry it, though. Use some marshmallows and jelly and make your own instead.


Learn To Crimp Pie Crust Like A Pro With This Video

When you’re baking a pie, one of the ways to jazz it up is by making various designs with the crust. This video from YouTuber Libbie Summers shows you 20 useful pie-crimping techniques in just two minutes.