If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time planning meals and preparing food, making all of those helpful kitchen tips and tricks that save you time (and your sanity) worth knowing! And so, I have rounded up some of the best kitchen tips that just might have you saying “Why didn’t I think of that?”. I certainly wish I had known these a long time ago!
A few of these “secrets” I know I will use often (like fishing out broken egg shells and freezing leftover sauces). Whether you’re a workaholic who barley has time to open the fridge, a busy stay-at-home mom, or are in the running for your own show on The Food Network, I think you’ll find a few hacks here that will make life easier!
I haven’t tried this little trick just yet, but I love the idea! Your stick of butter has to be close to frozen for it to work, and you must work fast to keep it from melting, but the grated butter is perfect for adding to flour before baking biscuits, scones, muffins, etc.. It also makes the butter melt much faster, so if your butter is too cold to spread, consider grating it first and then topping toast, veggies, or a baked potato!
It happens every time! I make eggs for breakfast just about every morning, and the brown organic eggs seem to break off into little pieces so much easier. Instead of fishing around with your finger to dig them out of your bowl (yeah, I do that), use one of the egg shell halves to scoop it out!
Source: Happy Roots Happy Soul
This is not the job I like to sign up for (who likes to smell garlic on their hands for 3 days straight?), but this technique looks like too much fun to pa
ss up! Smash, shake, and separate! I’ve also seen this done with two ceramic bowls placed on top of each other (rim to rim) to create a dome for the garlic. The hard surface might work more efficiently than tupperware at breaking apart the garlic.
Source & Instructions: The Pin Junkie
It’s never too soon to start thinking about the holidays. The crushing feelings of trying to find the perfect gift can be overwhelming, I know it was for me last Christmas. I have several family members to shop for each year and it seems like every year it gets harder and harder to find a gift! Last Christmas, I ended up doing something a little different and little bit cheesy. I’m nearly 25 years old but I hand made my gifts and I think they were some of the very best that I have given.
For my very religious parents and southern parents, I made a door wreath. Now this wasn’t your typical wreath! It was made out of old barbed wire, a boot, a cross and some Christmas tinsel. The project turned out to be super cute and a perfect gift! Several months after Christmas my parents are still displaying the wreath proudly in their home, it looks like a custom showpiece instead of a homemade craft!
Even my for my nieces I went the homemade route. My eldest niece received a set of handmade jewelry. I’ve made jewelry for several years now, but I’ve always either hoarded it myself or sold it to strangers, family members rarely ended up with any of my work. This year, though, my 16-year-old niece ended up with a beautiful blue necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings. She’s putting my gift to good use this year and wearing them to prom!
My youngest niece, only 5-years-old was given a hand knitted soft octopus. I’ve been knitting for six months so let me tell you this project was tricky! The pattern was recommended to me on some website, but it turned out to the be the perfect gift!
Even my brother and sister-in-law were given some homemade candles and soaps, something they were too polite to refuse. Sometimes the best gift is one you make yourself.
Rachael Ray has won over American audiences as more than just a chef–she is funny, relatable, and very down to Earth. Rachael Ray cookware easily reflects her personality, as the pieces are obviously of very high quality, but they are not intimidating. These pieces are easy to utilize to their highest potential.
The beautiful colors brighten up even the drabbest of kitchens, and breath new life into the same old recipes. Using the Rachael Ray Cucina cookware set has greatly improved my cooking life. I’m very partial to the Agave Blue 12-piece set, but the Orange Gradient pieces are also absolutely gorgeous.
From start to finish, these pieces make even the most mundane grilled cheese something to look forward to making. The non-stick setting makes for incredibly easy and fast clean-up, and won’t burn your food! This is perfect for new cooks and picky eaters alike. The pots and pans are just the beginning, too, as each set includes useful utensils. The brightly colored spatulas make Sunday morning breakfast an even happier occasion, and help flip the perfect pancakes.
I’m honestly not sure what I did before I got my Rachael Ray cookware sets, but I know I didn’t enjoy cooking as much. These pieces are so beautiful that you’ll find yourself inspired to try to find a chic way to display these works of modern beauty in your kitchen. My cookware review has encouraged many of my friends and my family to invest in these sets, and everyone has been so happy! The pieces don’t even feel cheap, and I can tell that the non-stick attributes are going to last for a long time. These are easily the most beautiful, highest quality, and easiest to use pieces of cookware that I’ve ever had. Rachael and her team really hit it out of the park on this one!
Before I decided to purchase it, my wife and I spent many days reading the best bread makers reviews I can find online. I finally bought it three months ago. I use it twice a week and so far, I have truly loved it. I like making cinnamon raisin bread and beer bread, and every loaf I have made has been aromatic and delicious. Right now I do not even need another air freshener, I just love the smell of making bread!
I have purchased different bread makers before and to be sincere, not all impressed me. After gone through the Cuisinart bread machine reviews, I decided to choose the Cuisinart CBK-200 because it had some qualities that really impressed me. It is weighty, a solidly constructed piece and nice looking on the counter. It is quite different from other bread makers that are made of plastic and doesn’t last an amount of time equivalent to their price tags.
Before going out to shop, I had in mind that there are some noisy bread makers that shifted around the counter. This is not a speculation, but it is a real concern my wife and I had. I was concerned because I wanted to make the best decision I can. In the end, am very pleased with the decision I made and my wife is thrilled with it too.
Just like some reviewers mentioned before, I have noticed that I cannot change some of the options mid-cycle. I love baking, and I think even at three to four loaves a week for the next two years, am not going to have those reviewers expertise to make mid-cycle decisions.
For the price, I am electrified with what I have gotten back. Am persuaded that the convention oven aspect of the appliance only adds to the diligence of the baking. The crusts come out exactly how I want them to, and the bread is delicious. I wish the machine would cut the bread, too!
There’s a show on The Food Network called ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’. I think it runs somewhere between Sandra Lee making something weirdly boozy, and Alton Brown making chefs cook with both hands tied behind their backs. ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’ details the best plates, usually cheese topped or caramel dripping, of today’s celebrity chefs. It’s fun to live vicariously. You’ll need some snacks for viewing. Don’t go into this endeavor hungry.
Inspired by The Food Network and Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere, here’s my list of the good, the delicious, and the gooey.
Also… I’m tempted to cut this list very short and say that this mango and coconut dark chocolate bar I’m currently eating in bed is the best thing I have ever eaten.
• The best Maple Buttermilk Donuts from Top Pot in Seattle. The key in the thick layer of maple glaze over the dense but cake donut. They’re hard to share.
This Strawberry Black Pepper Donut, the ones I made in my own kitchen, might have been the best donuts I’ve ever had. That’s not a humble brag. They were really delicious.
• Coffee from Slate Coffee in Seattle. I’ll be the first to admit that I rolled my eyes at the deconstructed latte served in wine glasses with a shot of espresso, a warm shot of milk, and a small glass of the two together, but… it was perfect. And the wine glasses brought out the aroma of the espresso. And the grassiness of the milk really came through. I pulled up to this place blasting Kelly Clarkson from my rental car and got a HEALTHY amount of Seattle-resident dirty looks. Chill Seattle. Why so serious!?
• Oysters at Maison Premier in Brooklyn. Something about the seafood tower, crushed iced, briny petite oysters, fancy tropical drinks, and dreamy back patio that makes Maison Premier some of the best oysters I’ve ever enjoyed.
Louisiana oysters are so big and meaty, I’m still trying to build my relationship with them. So far I’m scared.
• Best roasted vegetable from Domenica in New Orleans. They make a whole head of cauliflower taste like butter. Tender, rich, and still somehow a vegetable.
I tried to recreate the recipe with this Whole Roasted Caulifower with Cheddar Beer Sauce.
Cheddar Beer Sauce hides, compliments, and celebrates a multitude of sins.
Read the full list at http://joythebaker.com/2015/08/the-best-thing-i-ever-ate
If you love coffee like I do then I suppose you know about the importance of an early morning fix! Nothing gets me going like a good cup of espresso. I’m sure by the time you’re reading this you’ve probably gone through some best espresso maker reviews website or two… but I believe I can make things easier for you.
See the thing about any espresso machine out there is the convenience and ease of use. There are digital and fully programmable espresso machines as well as manual ones for the more experienced “home baristas”. A programmable espresso machine is probably what you will need. Why? You don’t need to remember the perfect recipe and quantities that produced the best brew. Just key in your preferences and bam! You can continuously have your favorite concoction with just a touch of a button.
The Breville Barista-Express BES-860XL espresso machine is a top class coffee brewers the market has received so far! It stores your coffee beans in a tightly sealed large-size hopper to keep them fresh for long without the need for refills. I use this espresso machine every time I go to my sister’s and I love the results it produces. The aromatic fresh beans coffee can make anyone’s taste buds do a backflip! The good thing with this espresso machine is that it switches between manual and automatic.
Past experiences with the Rancilio-Silvia espresso machine weren’t that bad either although the thing was too damn heavy! Cleaning it wasn’t so hard making it very easy to maintain and that’s why I gave it to my grandparents.
I had saved up close to 8 months to get myself the Nespresso espresso machines, it’s the most easy espresso machine to use and also very affordable. But the king of espresso is this Saeco Xelsis, this is the king of all espresso machines the world over. Picture this… the Saeco Xelsis stores up to 6 different profiles and all it needs to do is identify each stored fingerprint to make everyone their favorite cup! How cool is that? And that’s not all… each stored profile can further have 9 different mixtures (coffee qualities) saved up under their individual profile! You just have to buy this espresso machine to fully understand what I’m talking about.
Any other good espresso machines out there?
Kitchen knives are one investment that is used daily in the kitchen for cooking and that is why choosing the best quality that is strong,durable and easy to handle is an investment that i don’t mind making.In this article i will share the tips to buying the best kitchen knife sets that has worked for me.
Kitchen knives are available in different sizes and shapes depending on the specific use.For instance we have a vegetable knife,a chefs knife,and a carving knife. However buying a set of knives that contain the above range is cheaper than buying each one of them. I therefore buy my knives according to the specific function i intend to use it for.
It is important to consider the set that is corrosion resistant because I wouldn’t want to buy knives that will let me down by breaking over time. Investing in high quality knives saves me money in the long run even if i bought it expensively. One set that i known to be strong is the Ginsu set. Corrosion resistance is another quality for a good set of knives as this makes the knives to last longer. I easily confirm the knives that are both corrosion resistant and strong by checking the manufacturers guarantee.
Another thing i do before buying a kitchen knife is feeling its weight.If buying the knife for everyday chopping of light ingredients then i go for a light weight chopper.However,for cutting hard food like nuts and palm sugar i would go for the heavy one.
To make sure i am buying quality kitchen knives i check for the balance both in the handle and the blade.I do this by placing my finger at the end of the handle then horizontally holding the knife with the cutting edge facing down. By doing this ,i would know a good quality knife when it balances at that point. A knife that is well balanced makes cutting easier without using much effort.
The ceramic kitchen knives are considered the best quality and i always look for those particular ones whenever i go to the store to buy my kitchen knives.This knives are able to stay sharp for a long time and are also rust free.
In conclusion, I would say that a good quality kitchen knives set is an investment that i will never regret making.I will always go for non stainless steel knives like those made from carbon steel because they are easy to sharpen.
It has been a long time since I was in the kitchen. My ex wife has always a homely woman, and I found myself spending less and less time in the kitchen each and every day. However, since our divorce the kitchen is seeing a lot more of me. The divorce meant having to move house. In fact, I have had to buy an entirely new house and everything that comes with it.
We had been married for 15 years, during that time; I left all issues concerning the kitchen to my now ex wife. Thus, my reintroduction to the world of kitchenware left me in awe. Today’s kitchenware has so many features to choose from and at such fair prices. They are all so amazing and even harder to comprehend. Since I was beginning from scratch, a lot had to be put in consideration. Viewing of the best cookware set reviews quite important before committing oneself to a certain set. At the very top of the list was my choice of cooking. I have really embraced my carnivorous side since my divorce, all my meals are meat, or contain meat. My meals for the last 15 years have been green and tasteless, not that I have anything against healthy meals. But now, almost all my meals are dry fried, shallow fried or deep fried. Thus, my choice of pans was thorough.
I also had to make sure not to overdo everything. Hence, my extensive knowledge of what was otherwise, uncharted territory. I came to understand fancy terms that were in real sense quite simple. Some lingo was really quite unnecessary, as were some pieces in certain cookware sets. Avoiding non essential buying of utensils became as important as understanding what I was buying. Even more important was handling the utensils before purchase; this gives one a feel of what it would be like using the utensils in the kitchen. Even the look of the utensil is now a factor to consider. With so many varieties, the practicality of the item is almost as important as its look. The material making up the item is of primary importance; especially, the material that makes up the handle. These are the most important; however, the rim, lids and side walls are just as important factors to consider during purchase. Changes in technology have affected cookware too e.g. built-in thermometers in a lids knob.
My small rice cooker is the single most important kitchen appliance I own. Over the past few years, I have gotten into the habit of eating rice at almost every meal, sometimes even for breakfast. I eat rice with seaweed, rice with curry, rice with steamed vegetables, rice with soup, rice with chili – basically anything that you can think of. It’s easy to make (with the right cooker), filling, delicious, and cheap, so why not? This predilection for rice has given me a certain kind of expertise in rice cooking, which I am going to share with you now, because, in my opinion, everyone needs an electric rice cooker in their life.
The single best small rice cooker I’ve ever owned (and actually still do) is the wonderful Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-cup rice cooker and warmer. What can I say? The Japanese know their rice. It’s the right size for a single person living alone, and I’ve been using it daily for two years and it hasn’t broken down on me yet.
When I first started buying my own cookers, I went to Walmart and bought a cheap $30 plastic bucket looking thing. I thought, “It’s just a rice cooker. It’s not like there’s much of a difference between the cheap and expensive ones. Rice is rice.” I was wrong. The cheap cooker broke down in a matter of weeks, and I can say with some certainty that the rice that I get out of the NS-LAC05XT tastes much better than the rice I got out of the plastic bucket. It is as they say – you get what you pay for.
The NS-LAC05XT is a little on the expensive side. It retails on Amazon for $150, but believe me, it’s worth it. Just imagine this little scenario (which happened to me in real life): you’re driving home after a long day of work. You’re tired, hungry and already imagining what it will be like to walk into your apartment, go to the kitchen and reward yourself with a big bowl of hot, steaming rice, with a side of instant curry. Instead, you arrive home to a pile of cold, uncooked rice because your cheap Walmart rice cooker decided to break down while you were away, and now you’re stuck with gross instant noodles.
The Zojirushi cooker is the best small rice cooker ever. It hasn’t let me down yet. So if you’re into rice, go check it out!
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Although, I am one of the most successful kitchen knives store owners in town. My journey to the top has not been easy. The day I was dismissed from work is still stuck in mind my mind like yesterday. I was long time marketer to one of the biggest kitchen knives suppliers in town and my job description was simple. My work was to go through some of the kitchen knives reviews and make sure I bring them into our stores. However, one day I was seated in my office just like any other day when my secretary came in holding something in hands which I could see it was a letter. I opened the letter immediately and what followed left me trembling; I had been dismissed from work. Without wasting time I packed my belonging and left for home.
Two days after that fateful day, my wife thought if something was not done as soon as possible, I was headed to destruction. I was so stressed up and I spent most of my time sleeping. She came into our bedroom. We talked for a couple of minutes and she in later suggested that we also opened a family business just like the one I had been working for years. I liked her idea and the good thing we had one of the best spots in town; all we needed was furnishing, stocking and maybe one or two employees. When the place was ready we embarked on the search for the best knives for our customers. We combed through several kitchen knives reviews and at the end we singled out the best of the best. (More: How to choose the right knife for your job)
7 months down the line and thanks to some of the best kitchen knives reviews we go through on daily, our business is destined for greatness. As a matter of fact, if things go the way we are expecting, we are seeing ourselves venturing into new markets.
Good recommendation – The Shun kitchen knives