My Top Five Favorite Simple Ninja Kitchen Tricks
I love to cook. It’s something I’ve gotten into more over the last few years in particular. It’s even my “Zen” time on occasion. And, putting a healthy meal on the table is a major priority for me.
I haven’t always been so great in the kitchen however. I dare say I can be quite the hot mess at times! My husband Odin has jokingly called me a fire hazard and I have to agree, but hey, it’s how we learn sometimes right?
There are a few awesome tricks I’ve learned over the years that have transformed me from kitchen disaster to kitchen champion! Here are a few of my favorite simple tips…
1. Prep everything first! Seriously, I can’t stress this one enough. Cooking is pretty much nothing more that time management. Yes, there is some skill involved but timing is everything. Take the 20 minutes or so needed to prep all the ingredients and the cooking part will be a piece of cake.
2. Hand wash your good knives. So you’ve invested in a great set of knives. You can slice through a baguette like nobody’s business. Meat doesn’t stand a chance against your blade. What, you’re going to put them in the dishwasher?!? Don’t do it. Take the extra time to hand wash those knives. It’s completely worth it. I’ve learned the hard way on this one. The detergent is way too abrasive and all that clanging around on top of it. Yikes! Baby those knives with simple soap and water and you’ll get years of awesome meals out of them!
3. Stick your thumb in your burger. Uncooked or course! At first this may sound strange but I’m telling you once you give it a try you’ll never forget this trick. Press your thumb into the center of your burger patty before grilling. Your burger will stay nice and flat like a burger’s supposed to look and you won’t end up with a baseball on your bun! Easy peasy!
4. Don’t salt eggs before cooking them. I learned this from the ever dapper Chef Geoffrey Zakarian from two of my favorite shows Chopped and The kitchen. If you want a fluffier scrambled egg or a more tender omelet, sprinkle with salt after cooking.
5. Use your muffin pan for more than just muffins. I’m a sucker for all things mini! The humble muffin pan is the perfect vessel for getting perfectly proportioned just about anything. Mini meatloaves, mini frittatas, mini casseroles, mini desserts. The sky’s the limit really. Just use your imagination.
Have fun cooking!
Photo provided by Kenny Louie