food hacks

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.

Easily Peel French Shallots By Blanching Them In Hot Water

Some food preparation tasks just take too long. If you find peeling French shallots fiddly and time-consuming, blanch them in hot water first and the skins will just slip off.

A Better Way To Put A Lime In Your Beer: Use A Knife

Putting a lime in a beer is simple: push the wedge into the beer. Consider using a knife to slide the wedge into the bottle for maximum lime flavour.

This Chart Explains What Went Wrong With Your Cake

If you’re learning to bake or just trying out a new recipe, it can be hard figuring out exactly why your cake failed. This handy chart will tell you why your cake ended up with cracks and browned edges, or why it has a runny texture.

Poach Eggs In A Pan (And Cook Many Together With Cups)

You probably reach for a saucepan when you need to poach eggs. America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) recommends a pan instead, in this video guide on how to poach eggs perfectly.

Save And Reuse Gherkin Juice For Your Next Cocktail

Whenever you have a tasty jar of gherkins, don’t just pour the leftover juice down the drain. Instead, consider saving it and using it in your next mixed drink.