Kitchen Hacks For Quicker Cooking

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

You definitely know that a home cooked meal is a healthier option compared to eating out. However, it may not be easy—or even pleasurable— for some to cook every single day! Whether you do not like cooking or are lacking time, here are 7 time-saving and healthy kitchen tips and tricks to make it easy and fun for you to be in the kitchen!

8 fabulous kitchen hacks

These brilliant hacks promise to improve your kitchen game and advance your culinary efforts significantly! They will help you save a lot of time, make meal prep a whole lot easier, take care of your wellness quotient, and lend loads of fun while cooking.

 

  1. Freshen up aging veggies: When your fruits and veggies feel limp, drop them into ice water before you cook or eat them. They tend to go limp and wilt because of water loss; the ice-cold water will penetrate their cells and reinstate the freshness and crispness.
  2. Freeze: The best time saver you can have is – frozen cubes of broth, ginger garlic paste, chili paste, herbs and sauces. Drop these in to your saucepan and you are sure to cut back on half the time! Also, instead of watching your coriander or mint wilting and spoiling, chop up the leaves, mix with a little bit of oil, add water and freeze as ice cubes.
  3. Peel cloves easily and fast: Peeling cloves can be fairly cumbersome and annoying! To peel cloves super quick, all you’ve to do is place the flakes of clove onto the chopping board and smash them using the side of your knife. It's fun, satisfying and saves a ton of time!
  4. Increase the yield of juice: Place your limes and lemons for 15 seconds in the microwave, before you squeeze them. The microwaved fruits yield two times the juice.
  5. Soak beans overnight for the perfectly cooked dish: Soaking beans and pulses overnight is very vital if you want them evenly-cooked. Soaking overnight and pressure cooking well promise you tender and evenly cooked legumes. Try Tata Sampann dals as they are unpolished; they do not undergo any artificial polishing with water, oil or leather. As a result of this, they have lower moisture value compared to loose dals that are available in the market. This makes them cleaner and purer as well. All dals and beans are of consistent quality throughout the year.
  6. Flip meat, cutlets and vegetables frequently on the skillet: A frequent flipping of chicken, fish, stir-fry veggies, allows the food to cook quickly, as well as evenly. Flip once every minute; it helps pick up the pace of the cooking.
  7. Always toast the bread: When you toast your bread, it helps reduce its glycemic index a bit. Also, experts say, you should freeze the bread before toasting! As a result of this, the body tends to absorb lesser glucose from bread. First freeze your bread, and then toast it!
  8. Cook your rice correctly: Add a spoonful of oil and a spoonful of lime juice to your rice before pressure cooking - this ensures that the grains stay separate and super fragrant. From a nutritional stand-point, when you add oil before cooking rice, it will have 10 times the resistant starch – this resistant starch decelerates the rate of digestion, keeping you fuller for longer.

Having read these, do you ask yourself – “How come I did not know of these sooner?" These fabulous hacks sure can make your cooking a whole lot quicker, easier, and tastier!

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