Cooking can be an arduous process, but it's a necessary one if you want to eat healthy and nutritious meals. However, our lives are busier than ever before in the 21st century, and when you've just had a hard day at the office, you want to eat - and fast. While ready meals are an option, they're often lacking in what we need, and that, my friends, is where cooking hacks come in.
Sure, healthy meals take more time to prepare, but if you cook smart, you can make them quickly. Because, as my grandma used to say, "your health is your wealth", and no one wants to take time off work because their immune system has been weakened by a slew of ready meals. So, without further ado, here are 11 helpful tricks that will save you that all-important cooking time.
1. Presoak your pasta and it'll cook in a mere 60 seconds:
Seriously, it works. Simply put your pasta in a leakproof container for several hours and then add boiling water to cook it.
2. This is how you can cut a mango into cubes in less than a minute:
Bonus tip: mango tastes delicious when you eat it with cream. It's a quick and simple dessert that's sure to fill you up.
3. Caramelize onions twice as fast by adding baking soda:
Add 1/2 or 1 tbsp of baking soda to 2 lb of onions once they've turned slightly brown. Then they'll caramelize before your eyes!
4. Grate cheese at room temperature:
If it's at room temperature, it will be softer and therefore easier to grate.
5. How to remove an avocado pit in one second:
This is going to save me so much time. Cutting around avocado pits is the absolute bain of my culinary life.
6. Frozen meat can be cut quicker for frying or making stew:
Better still, it means that you can get perfectly even (and if you chose) thin pieces of meat.
7. Turn your weekend leftovers into meals for during the week:
Meal prep is honestly a lifesaver, especially if you need a nutritious lunch to see you through the working day.
8. Cut butter into pieces and it will soften faster:
If you need it even faster than that, place it next to the stove while you're warming something else.
9. This is how you can peel potatoes quickly:
Put your potatoes into boiling water for 30 seconds and then transfer them into cold water. Thirty seconds later, you'll be able to easily peel them with your bare hands. Another option is to keep them in salted water for 15-20 minutes.
10. How to evenly cut a pineapple into pieces in two minutes:
Simply cut the pineapple into four halves with a sharp knife and then cut each of the halves into pieces.
11. Cook vegetables faster in sparkling water:
Amazingly, the bicarbonate in mineral water breaks up vegetable cellulose and therefore speeds up the cooking process. The more you know, eh? What's more is that it will make your vegetables softer and help them retain their bright colors.
So, the next time you arrive home bleary-eyed from work, hopefully, you'll be able to reenergize yourself for the evening ahead (and more important things like spending time with friends and family) by utilizing these cooking hacks.