Six Kitchen Mistakes You’ve Been Making Your Whole Life
But just because you’ve been doing something the same way forever doesn’t mean it’s the best method. Get ready to have your world turned upside down.
Keeping Herbs Fresh
If you’re storing soft herbs (like basil, parsley, and cilantro) in the plastic bag or container they came in, you’re just asking for them to get limp and rot. After rinsing herbs in a Homemade Salad Spinner, lay them out on a towel and pat away extra moisture. Then transfer them to a mason jar or glass with about an inch of water in the bottom, just like a bouquet of flowers. Basil should stay out of the fridge to keep the leaves from turning black, but the others will be fine in there if you cover them loosely with a plastic bag.
Storing Canned Goods
When you open a can of beans, some always stick annoyingly to the bottom so that you have to reach in there with a spoon and your hand gets covered in bean goo. But if you store your cans upside down in the pantry, the contents all settle on the lid, so when you open it everything just slides on out–no scraping or rinsing necessary.
Don’t tell us you’re still opening bananas from the top! Sure, many times it works fine, but occasionally you get a stubborn banana that just won’t snap, and you end up mashing the end before you finally reaching for a paring knife. The fact is that monkeys peel bananas from the bottom, and since they’re the experts here, follow their example. Simply turn the banana upside down ,and pinch the end until the peel splits–works like a charm!
Tearing Aluminum Foil
You know how when you go to tear off a sheet of recycled aluminum foil and the whole roll flies out of the box, unraveling way more than you need and creating a crinkled mess? Well, if you examine the ends of the box, you’ll see tiny perforated tabs that reads “press here.” Push them in, and voila! The tabs hook into the ends of the tube, creating an instant holder, keeping the roll in the box when you pull out the foil. (The same goes for cling wrap, too.)
When you peel spuds with a knife or peeler, you can’t help taking some of the potato off along with the skin, which creates more waste than you’d probably like. But there’s another way: Wash the potatoes as usual, and then scour a slit all the way around the middle of each potato. Boil them until they’re almost done (but not too soft that they begin to fall apart), and then strain them, catching the water in another pot. Rinse the potatoes in cold water, and pull the skin off with your fingers. Magic! Simply return the peeled potatoes to the hot water to finish cooking
Cleaning The Microwave
You’d probably rather go to the dentist than scrub the gunk off the inside of the microwave
Make the job easier by microwaving a soaked sponge for about a minute. The evaporating moisture will help loosen any caked-on curst so you can wipe if off easily. Plus, the heat will kill germs lurking in your sponge.
source : Organic Life