With so many life hacks and ways to make cooking food easier, we spend less time making meals than ever before. Whether it’s buying premade pasta or even a whole frozen meal, it’s never been easier to make some of your favorite dishes. A user on a popular internet forum asked: “What’s one shortcut you should never take in the kitchen?” which sparked a lively debate. Here are the top responses.
Don’t take shortcuts with knives
One foodie gave this tip: “Don't use a dull knife, ever.”
Another agreed sharing: “And, be super careful with the really sharp ones if you enjoy having fingertips”
Other foodies chimed in about knife safety including one who shared: “People who don't cook often don't understand how using a dull knife is WAY more dangerous then using a sharp knife. But dull knifes slip very often through the food you are preparing and that means a higher chance of getting cuts.”
Don’t crank the heat when heating onions
One foodie shared: “Do not turn up the heat on those onions, they will not caramelize faster, they will toast and burn.”
This one might sound like a no-brainer, but until you lose the onions in your dish, it might be a good idea than good in practice.
Make fewer messes and practice good hygiene
One foodie commented: “Not opening things with liquids in the sink; Also not washing hands with hot water and soap after handling raw foods.” These might be obvious to some but a lot of people don’t do this in the kitchen.
Check your yeast
One foodie shared: “Not checking if the yeast is alive before you use it.” This might sound like a weird shortcut, but honestly, it will ruin your dish and your ingredients if you skip this step.
Using a double boiler
If you’ve ever tried melting chocolate you know just how frustrating it can be. One foodie shared: “Not using a double boiler.”
Clean your cutting board
One foodie shared: “Clean your cutting board!” If you have a wooden cutting board or if you just used it once, you might be tempted to skip this step, but it’s not worth it!
Rushing soft butter
One foodie shared: “Messing with the softening of butter. Just sit down and wait. Don't try to rush with the microwave, it's too inconsistent.”
One foodie shared a workaround: “I have had good results standing a stick of butter on end still in its paper, microwave for 15 seconds. I have not had any pooling of melted butter that way and it's soft enough for most uses then.”
One foodie shared: “To properly thaw ingredients.” We have to agree with them here as not doing it properly can leave you with starting to cook meat that is partially frozen, only thawing part of the dish before cooking, and many other problems.
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