While the kitchen can be an intimidating place, Elite Daily has compiled this list of eight hacks that will make even a cooking newbie look like a pro. Here they are:
- Store your lemons in a bowl of water instead of on a shelf. This will help them keep for up to three months.
- Cut your limes like apples instead of into wedges. Consider cutting your lime as you would an apple, as if the center is the “core,” and the external parts are the pieces you want to cut off as a cooking or drink garnish.
- Don’t refrigerate everything. Food products that you shouldn’t refrigerate include tomatoes, honey, coffee, avocados, bananas, hot sauce, and potatoes.
- Pour your pasta into your sauce recipe instead of down the drain. Because pasta water is starchy and salty, adding it to your sauce recipe can turn the resulting product into a creamy, cohesive masterpiece.
- Know the difference between boiling and simmering. Simmering water should be much gentler than a boil; you should only see a bubble break at the surface occasionally.
- Cook your bacon in the oven instead of on the stove. Cooking bacon in the oven will decrease the clean-up, increase the quantity you can cook in one sitting and will improve the actual flavor of the bacon itself.
- Don’t just eyeball the amount of spaghetti you want to cook. The hole in the middle of your spaghetti spoon is perfect for measuring out a serving.
- Cook enough in one sitting to last you for several days. Eat your meal as planned, then save the rest of the servings you cooked for the next week.