Amateur chefs reveal the very simple kitchen hacks that will INSTANTLY improve your cooking (including the best way to sweat onions and how to save a thin sauce)
- Cooks reveal the hacks that they wish they had been taught sooner on Reddit
- Two thousand people replied with their tips, such as always using a sharp knife
- Another dished out advice on how to thicken a sauce with instant potato mix
Everyone needs to eat, but cooking is a skill that needs to be mastered.
But these simple tips could help those who struggle in the kitchen to instantly improve their cooking.
Amateur chefs shared cooking life hacks that they wish they had been taught sooner on Reddit, and more than 2,000 people replied with their own advice.
Their tricks and tips are simple, but could come in useful for anyone who isn't experienced in the kitchen.
From the best way to sweat onions in a pan and how to thicken up a sauce using an ingredient most people have in their cupboards, there's some advice here that could help even seasoned home cooks.
More than 2,000 home cooks have answered the question: 'What are your cooking life hacks?' on a viral Reddit thread
Some of the hacks are just good common sense, such as washing up the pots and pans as you go along, but many of the commenters said this tip changed their life as it prevents a pile of washing up from forming.
Others are focused on different cooking techniques, with one chef saying that it's best to cook onions in a dry pan and only add butter or fat once they start to brown. It apparently cuts off at least 20 minutes from the cooking process.
Several highlighted the need for a good quality set of pots and pans, while others stated that it's vital to keep knives sharp as it makes preparation quicker and safer.?
This cook said he started cooking onions without any oil or fat and says it cuts down the cooking time but at least 20 minutes
This cook warned to never use a high heat on the stove unless you're boiling water or you will end up burning the bottom of your food
One user says the best way to reheat pizza is to put it in a pan on the stove, and throw some water at the end to enliven the cheese
This cook says if you don't have any cornflour, try adding instant potato mix or even grated potatoes if you need to thicken a sauce or soup
This Reddit user warned to take dishes off the heat just before they finish cooking as they will continue to cook after the heat has been removed
It seems simple but this cook says the most invaluable advice they ever received was to wash up as you go along
Sharper knives are much safer than blunt ones, as a blunt knife may not make it through the food you are cutting and could bounce off, resulting in a cut to the hand
Ingredients need to be diced the same size to cook at the same time, and always heat the pan first, then the oil and then the food, says this amateur chef
This cook advises to dry meat before searing and to always seal it in a hot pan
If you save bones and scraps of vegetables as you cook and freeze them, you will have enough for a delicious stock or homemade soup soon enough
This frugal cook saves the fat when he cooks bacon to add it later to other dishes such as vegetables or ramen
It sounds obvious, but many people forget to season their food enough. Other users also added that you should add seasoning as you cook rather than after you finish
Day-old rice is best for fried rice, according to this cook?
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