Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dinnr's Top 5 Nifty Cooking Tips and Tricks!

The Dinnr test kitchen sees more action than your average kitchen (Cooking! We mean cooking action!) There is nothing unusual about our culinary wizards whipping up a rack of lamb with roast vegetables at 10am, or having a three course meal on the table before it's time for elevensies. With this constant chopping and sizzling, we have picked up a few tips and tricks. But use is this information if we don't share it with you lovely people? 

So, read on for Dinnr's top 5 tips and tricks in the kitchen:

1. Save an oversalted dish
If the dish contains an acid – e.g. juice from a citrus fruit, vinegar or wine, then add a little more of it to counter balance the salt. Likewise, if you've added too much of the acid, try adding a little bit more salt!
Alternatively, add a peeled potato which absorbs any excess salt.

2. Remove the smell of garlic
Ever used a “clean” chopping board, but everything you chop on it suddenly smells and tastes like garlic? A little lemon/lime juice and a bit of salt helps. Sprinkle salt on your board, then rub with a quarter of a lemon or lime. Let it sit for 2-3 mins before wiping with a damp cloth. And, if you end up with garlic lingering on your fingers, rub them with a stainless steel spoon and the smell will be gone in a flash!

3. Find out how fresh your eggs are
Fill a glass with water and pop your egg in. Eggs that sink and sit horizontally on the bottom are fresh. As they get older the larger end starts to rise, and eggs which float have gone off.

4. Soften butter at the last minute
We are forever taking rock hard butter out of the fridge only to realise we need softened butter! This nifty trick speeds up the process without turning the butter to liquid. Boil the kettle, and fill a glass with hot water giving it a few seconds to heat up. Then turn the glass upside down and place over the butter. Leave it for a minute and soon you will have perfectly softened butter.

Last, but certainly not least...
5. How to flip food in a pan.
Being able to flip food makes you look a real pro in the kitchen. It takes a bit of practice, but mastering this is brilliant for impressing guests and any sceptics of your cooking abilities. (But don't worry, you can always revert back to using utensils and turning food manually if it all goes wrong!)
The key thing to remember is that you want to move the pan horiztonally, forward and back, not up and down.

Have you any great cooking tips to share with us?

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