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The lockdown has meant much more time in the kitchen for most of you. More people staying in, no eating out, no ordering in, monsoons approaching etc. has meant more cooking even if many a time they are not elaborate. As a senior citizen you want to be less physically strained with the process of cooking. Plus you want more time outside the kitchen to pursue your other interests. Of course, you use tricks that you have picked up over the years to save on labour. Even then, you may want to check out these time saving cooking hacks that the author has listed out in the article below. Its possible you may find a few new tricks that can help you in the kitchen. Team RetyrSmart
Enjoy more time outside the kitchen with these useful cooking hacks
Read the full recipe before cooking
This seems so simple, but sometimes we get in such a rush to cook that we forget to read the recipe before starting. Keep a time-consuming step from blindsiding you by reading through the whole recipe before you start. That way, you’ll be prepared for any daunting step before you get to it. Want to really be prepared? Use this read-ahead time to assemble your ingredients in prep bowls so you won’t be digging through your spice cabinet at the last second.
Crush garlic with the side of a kitchen knife
Skip the painstaking process of peeling garlic cloves. Simply place the clove under the flat side of a wide knife blade and crush it with the heel of your hand. If you’re making a paste, chop the garlic after smashing it and then smash it again with your hand or the knife until it’s the consistency you want.
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Grate Parmesan cheese at room temperature
Ask any chef, and they’ll tell you to keep Parmesan cheese at room temperature at all times. There’s a good reason: Warm Parmesan grates much, much faster than cold cheese. If you’d rather keep your block refrigerated, that’s absolutely fine—just bring it to room temperature before cooking.
Boil water in an electric kettle
Boiling water can take upwards of 10 minutes, but it takes only a minute or so in an electric kettle. Genius!
Use the float test to check egg freshness
Can’t remember when you bought those eggs? Don’t fret; eggs are typically good well past their expiration dates. But you can always do the “float test” to check their freshness before you ruin dinner—and other food—by adding spoiled eggs. It’s simple: Just put an egg in a bowl of water. If they float, they’re bad; if they sink and lay horizontally, they’re good to go.
Use your hands to de-stem hearty greens
Hearty greens like kale need to be de-stemmed before you eat them, but cutting them out takes more time than you think. The alternative? Use your hands! Simply hold your kale or green leaf upside down, holding it by the stem. Grab the leaves with the opposite hand and pull straight down to “strip” the leaves off the stem.
Cut jalapeños with kitchen shears
Jalapeños add fun flavour to dishes without a lot of added calories, but preparing them is anything but fun. Quickly fly through your peppers by cutting them with kitchen shears. It keeps you from accidentally getting juice in your eyes because you aren’t handling the actual peppers.
Grate butter before melting it
Many recipes call for melted butter and the microwave is the perfect place to do that quickly. However, just throwing a stick of butter in there makes for uneven cooking——and evaporated butter if you cook until it’s all melted. Whip out a cheese grater for a minute to get the butter into small pieces before cooking.
Keep scraps in a bowl
The time it takes to go back and forth to the trash can to throw away scraps doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up when you’re trying to speed up the food prep process. The alternative: Take all of the scraps and peels, put them in the same bowl throughout the cooking process, and then throw them away at the end. You could even use the scraps to make compost—but that will take way longer than one minute.
Use a plastic bottle to separate egg whites
You can technically buy egg whites in cartons at the grocery store, but some companies add sketchy ingredients. Instead, separate the yolks from your egg whites with an empty water bottle. Get two bowls; crack the eggs in one bowl, then take the empty bottle, squeeze over the yolk, and release. The yolk will get sucked into the bottle. Then, just squeeze it out into the other bowl. Voila!
Peel potatoes like a genius
For this one-minute hack, you’re only going to peel one horizontal line around the circumference of the widest part of the potato. Then boil the potatoes until tender and run them under cold water—which is when the peels will easily come right off.
Shred chicken with a hand mixer
Shredding chicken for enchiladas, tacos, salads, and more can be a total time-suck if you do it with a fork. Save a bunch of time with this quick hack: Put the chicken in a bowl (plastic is safest) and use a hand mixer to shred it in seconds. Just be sure to use it on the lowest setting. Otherwise, you might get chicken everywhere!
Microwave lemons and limes for faster juicing
Zap lemons, limes, or oranges for 15 seconds in the microwave before squeezing them. The fruit will yield twice as much juice. Wondering what to do with freshly-squeezed lemon?