12 cooking hacks you wish you had known about sooner

These cooking hacks make your life a lot easier

We love handy tips in the kitchen: anything that makes cooking just a little bit easier! We love to cook, but some chores are just awkward and time-consuming. These cooking hacks make sure that your dishes are done much quicker. We wish we knew about these so much sooner!

1. Peeling eggs

Do you think peeling eggs is a lot work? Not with this trick! Fill an empty jar or glass halfway with water. Put your egg or eggs in and close off the glass with a lid or your hand. Shake it well for a few seconds and then take the egg out. You’ll see that the shell slides off the egg easily. This trick also works with a lot of eggs at the same time. Really handy!

2. Peeling eggs 2

When you don’t think the first trick is for you, you can try this next egg-peeling trick. Crack the top and bottom of the egg against the countertop. Then roll the egg with a flat hand forcefully over the countertop. You’ll see that the shell comes away from the egg and slides off easily. Another option is to cut the boiled egg in half and take the egg out of the shell with a spoon.

3. Garlic

The next cooking hack prevents a lot of misery and smelly fingers. You only need a glass jar for this one as well. Put the whole bulb of garlic in the glass jar and screw the lid on. Shake the jar a few seconds and you’ll see the garlic cloves come away from the bulb and the skins around it peels away. Open the jar, throw the skin away, and put the garlic cloves back in the jar to shake off the rest of the skin. After about 30 seconds, all the skin will be removed. This way you don’t have to fumble with the cloves and use your fingernails. It saves you a lot of effort!

4. Peeling kiwis and mangos

We usually eat kiwis by cutting them in half and eating the fruit with a spoon. But what if you want to eat a fruit salad? Simply get yourself a glass and a knife. Half the kiwi lengthwise with the knife. Then push the kiwi out its skin using the rim of the glass. Same goes for a mango. Cut the sides off the mango and use the rim of the glass to get the mango out of its skin. It’s a lot easier than cutting the mango with a knife!

Want to read more cooking hacks such as why you need to put a needle in a banana or how to peel potatoes easily? Read more on the next page. Do you want to see the cooking hacks in action, then watch the video!

5. Needle in a banana

Do you also feel a bit awkward when you eat a banana in public? With this cooking hack, you take you banana with you pre-cut in its skin. You start at the top by sticking a needle in the banana at the longest curved side. Next, move the needle from the left to the right through the flesh of the banana. Repeat this process a few times with a few centimetres in between until you reach the bottom. Then when you peel your banana, it will be sliced and ready to eat! This way you can eat the slices straight from the peel. Try it once without other people knowing what you’re doing. When you open your banana, nobody knows how it is possible that it is already cut!

6. Cutting a bell pepper

Do you think that cutting a bell pepper is a difficult job with all those seeds inside? This is the best way to go about it. Cut with a sharp knife the top and the bottom off the bell pepper. The middle of the bell pepper now still has the core with the seeds in it. Then cut the bell pepper sideways and sever the threads that connect the flesh to the core. Now you can cut your bell pepper easily into pieces. Push the stalk out of the top with your fingers to cut that up the top as well.

7. Peeling potatoes

Peeling potatoes can be a time-consuming and irritating job. Is it not your favourite job by far? Try this cooking hack! Before you boil the potatoes, score the skin with a knife round the potatoes in a kind of spiral. After you boil and drain them, you can peel away the skin easily. This trick works best with waxy potatoes. Keep in mind that you don’t boil the potatoes too long, but they do need to be cooked of course.

8. Strawberry caps

Do you always cut off the tops of strawberries to get rid of the cap? Then you know that there is always a part of the fruit that gets thrown out. None of that with this hack! Take a straw and push it against the bottom of the strawberry. When you push the straw through the strawberry, the core and the cap go up and out. When you use this trick, you’ll never eat the bitter core.

9. Cutting an onion

Can you never manage to cut an onion well or do you just hate doing it? Cut the onion in half and take the skin off. Then just get a grater and grate the onion on the largest setting. This way you get a finely sliced onion that you can use in soups or pasta sauces. This is one of the many cooking hacks that are so simple that you’re kicking yourself for not thinking of it before.

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