8 Kitchen Hacks for Beginner Cooks

These easy, helpful tips will take you from newbie to expert in no time!

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Dreaming of becoming a great chef one day but still having some trouble frying an egg? Don't worry—all great chefs have started in their very own kitchens, just like you're about to!

The great thing about cooking is that anyone can do it. All it takes is practice, passion, your unwavering love for food, and a few smart hacks up your sleeves.

Here are some that can make you look like a kitchen pro:

 

1. Fry eggs inside onion rings.

Want to end up with perfectly round sunny-side up eggs? Fry them inside onion rings! Add a few drops of water to the pan first so the eggs won't burn. Because it's your first time, it's best to use a good quality non-stick pan. You can try frying on ordinary pans later, when you've already mastered how to flip the egg without breaking the yolk.

 

2. Always cook onions before garlic.

Garlic tends to burn faster than onions. When you're sauteing, cook the onions first, and then add the garlic. By the time your onions become translucent, your garlic will be perfectly brown.

 

3. Separate egg yolks from whites using egg shells.

Don't throw away those egg shells just yet. You can use them to separate the egg yolk from the white. You can also use the shells to remove the tiny bits that got into your egg mixture.

 

4. Make whipped cream without a kitchen mixer.

Need whipped cream but don't have the necessary equipment? Make some using chilled cream and a mason jar. Just pour the cream into the jar and shake. When you open the jar, soft peaks should have formed on the cap. 

 

5. Use a wooden spoon to avoid overspill.

If you're boiling some pasta or potatoes, place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot to prevent the water from bubbling over. 

 

6. Use a spoon to peel ginger.

Peeling a ginger root can always be challenging if you use a knife. It's best to use a spoon instead—ginger skin isn't that tough anyway.

 

7. Get perfectly browned meat using a paper towel.

Pat dry slabs of meat for steak if you want to get that perfect charred slice. Too much moisture will steam your meat instead of searing it.

  

8. Bring out the flavor of your dish by seasoning little by little.

No one likes a bland dish. But that doesn't mean you should add a lot of salt and other seasoning when your dish starts boiling. Start with a dash first, let it simmer for a bit, and add more until you get the flavor you want.

It also pays to use quality ingredients—stock up on pantry staples like salt, pepper, dried herbs, spices, and liquid seasoning. Condiments like Knorr Liquid Seasoning can be your best friend in the kitchen because of its versatility. It's a flavor enhancer that can be used as a cooking aid, marinade, or topper to instantly add a kick of savory goodness to any of your recipes. Top your favorite grilled and fried dishes with Knorr Liquid Seasoning—its tamis-alat flavor will definitely make your dishes more flavorful.

With these helpful cooking hacks, starting your culinary journey is only one easy trip away to your kitchen. Try your newfound skills on the simple recipes from Knorr.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Knorr.
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