10 Kitchen Tips Every Learning Cook Should Know

Most of us usually learn our way around the kitchen either via trial and error or learn from our betters in the field. Though it usually takes years before we learn the reins and cut down on the ridiculous time we waste fumbling around due to lack of experience in cooking and other kitchen related arts.

My stew is made out of people.
My stew is made out of people.

So we’ve decided to help you out a bit and post some helpful tips that will certainly come in handy for newly learning cooks who don’t have much help available to them. Here’s our top 10 picks!

1. Got a little too enthusiastic and burned your hand when lighting a stove or checking a hot saucepan? Not to worry… Grab a banana, mash it and apply the mushy stuff over the burned area for a cooling effect while you get a grip on your tears and the paramedics arrive.

2. According to NASA, almonds taste 535% better with their skin peeled off. Since it is a dry fruit, this is a complete b***h to accomplish. Try torturing them by soaking them in hot water for 15-20 minutes to make them succumb to your whims. They’ll peel off as easy as a banana.

3. Place a piece of blotting paper (A highly absorbent kind of paper) at the bottom of your biscuit jar. This will please the biscuits greatly and will greatly delay them from rotting into bitter old crooked foogeys like your grandma.

4. Place a few cloves in your sugar container. The ants will mistake them for corpses of their fallen comrades who dared venture the sugary lands before them and suffered for it; and then they’ll run away screaming.

5. Avoid the use of butter. If it is essential to use, use a butter containing low saturated fat or with plant stanols (which avoid absorption of cholesterol by our body) or similar substitutes.

6. Ever started eating an apple to abate a craving, only to find that after having eaten half of it you’re not really in the mood anymore? Simply chewing the very next bite seems like a major chore in such situations but you don’t want the perfectly good remaining apple to go to waste either. Simply apply some lemon juice on the exposed part of the apple to keep it from browning. Note that the same does not work on human skin, so please use a sunblock instead.

7. Pierce a tiny hole in your egg (no, not that one) using a pin before boiling it. This will make peeling off the shell infinitely easier.

8. To keep your chillies fresh for longer, castrate them of their stems.

9. To keep celery fresh for longer, wrap it in a comforting cocoon of aluminium foil.

10. Dozed off while cooking something? Place some chopped onion in the pot containin the burnt food that’s stuck to it and pour boiling water in. That’ll make cleaning much less of a headache after a few minutes. Oh… I’m sorry… You were expecting a tip on recovering burnt food? Why don’t I just hold your hand through the entire thing every day, then?