How To Easily Prep Vegetables For Any Stir-Fried Recipe
Hint: you can use a kitchen gadget.
There are many kitchen gadgets that help you prepare and cook your dishes. Preparing ingredients for stir-fries has to be one of the more effort-intensive recipes you may make.Â
Stir fry recipes are notorious for having a long list of ingredients. It can contain as few as four ingredients to as many as 10 ingredients in just one dish! This means you have toÂ prepare and chop up each individual ingredient you are going to add to the pot.Â
We know a simple and under-used kitchen gadget that can quicklyÂ makeÂ this effort-heavyÂ task muchÂ faster and easier: the grater.Â Â
A typical grater hasÂ at least four sides or four cutting surfaces:
- â€˘ large or coarse grater
- â€˘ small or fine grater
- â€˘ slicer
- â€˘ rasp
The one we highly suggest for stir-fries is the large or coarse grater. That's becauseÂ this grating side can basicallyÂ take over your job of slicingÂ vegetables into thin strips. Do this properly and you can basically cut and slice carrots for example into moderately even strips in seconds instead of minutes.
This is perfect for stir fries!Â
The grater can turn many vegetables into the prepared ingredients you need for your stir fry. What's wonderful is that since the grater has more than one side or cutting surfaces, you can do more than just transformÂ vegetables into strips using the grater sides. You can also use the slicer toÂ slice a potato into planks if you don't want to grate it too finely. Pass it through theÂ slicer again to make sticks! You canÂ use the slicer to slice garlic, onions, and even green beans and cabbageÂ instead of reaching for the knife and chopping block.Â
Here are just a few of the different vegetables you can use your grater so you can save time and effortÂ in the kitchen by using either the grater sides or the slicer:
- â€˘ carrots
- â€˘ zucchini
- â€˘ cabbage
- â€˘ eggplant
- â€˘ green beans
- â€˘ bell peppers
- â€˘ onions
- â€˘ garlic
- â€˘ gingerÂ
- â€˘Â kamote or sweetÂ potatoes
- â€˘ freshÂ mushrooms
- â€˘ citrus to remove the zest
Got spices you want to add? Use the rasp side to finelyÂ grind hard spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg into a powder. You can use this side, too, to makeÂ hard cheese super fine!Â
The key is really knowing which side to use for the vegetable that you are preparing. The bad news is thatÂ the graterÂ doesn't work for all vegetables but it canÂ help in keeping those pieces moreÂ uniformly sliced than if you used a knife. This is especially useful if you're not confident with your knifeÂ skills.Â Â
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