Cooking Tips For The Everyday Home Chef

All of us that cook for our families on a regular or semi-regular basis qualify as ‘home chefs’ and we’ve amassed a few cooking tips that even professional chefs would be envious of. Add these cooking tips to your everyday chef repertoire to make feeding your family quicker and easier.

Easy Peel Tomatoes

Place a large kettle of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water and place near the stove. Cut an ‘X’ in the bottom of each tomatoes you want to peel, then dunk them into the kettle of boiling water, using a slotted spoon, a few at a time. Leave tomatoes in boiling water fro 30 seconds, remove and immediately place into ice water. When cool, the pull on the corners of the ‘X’ mark and the tomato peels will slip right off.

Quick Strawberry Stem Remover

Pop those stems right out of fresh strawberries with a plastic drinking straw. Insert the straw into the bottom center of the strawberry, push up and the entire core and stem of the strawberry will pop right out.

Separate Bacon Slices With Ease

No more torn strips of bacon when you use this cooking trick – before opening the package of bacon, roll one end of the package up like a jelly roll. Unroll the package, turn it around and roll it like a jelly roll again in the opposite direction. When the package is opened, the bacon slices will separate with ease.

Freeze Extra Zucchini

If your (or your neighbors) garden has produced an abundance of zucchini, freeze some for later with this cooking trick – Grate the raw zucchini and place into freezer bags and freeze until needed. You will always have ‘fresh’ zucchini squash on hand for bread and soup recipes. Place the recipe amount of zucchini in each freezer bag for even more convenience.

Pizza Crust Crunch

To prevent homemade pizza dough from sticking to the pan and add an extra flavor element, use sesame seeds. Sprinkle sesame seeds onto the pizza pan, then place pizza dough on top for a non-sticking crust.