Rule number one in the kitchen: Don’t over-complicate things. These 8 life hacks make things easier!
1. Is your butter too hard when you take it out of the fridge? Pour some hot water into a microwave safe glass and let it sit for a minute. Throw the water out and put the butter under the glass. It’ll be soft in no time!
2. Cook fresh fish on a bed of lemon slices. This not only prevents it from sticking to the pan, it also adds to the flavor!
3. Use a pin or an egg piercer to make a small hole in the shell at the larger flat end of an egg before you boil it. The egg won’t burst and it’s easier to peel!
4. There’s a simple trick to see if eggs are still safe for consumption: Just put a raw egg into a bowl with cold water!
- Does the egg drop to the bottom of the bowl and remains there? It’s still fresh as can be!
- If the top of the egg points upwards, the egg is between 2-3 weeks old. It’s still completely safe for consumption!
- Does the egg float? It’s time to throw it away. Do not consume.
Eggs will stay fresh up to 15 days in a refrigerator.
5. Stop bananas from ripening too soon and turning brown! Remove them from the bunch. Create a vacuum seal at the stem of each individual banana by using cling film plastic wrap. .
Never keep bananas in the refrigerator. The low temperatures stop them from maturing properly.
6. Keep an apple between your potatoes to keep them from sprouting! Still got sprouts? You can eat the potatoes, but cut out the sprout and the area around it well: They contain solanine, a poison found in nightshades.
7. Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator! This will not only keep the quality of your food as high as possible, it’s also saves energy! The cold temperature of the product ensures the refrigerator has to work less.
8. Want to put berries in the freezer? That’s easy! Make sure your freezer is set as cold as possible. The fruit will freeze faster, enclosing flavor and vitamins!
Put the berries on a tray so that they don’t touch each other. This ensures that the berries don’t freeze onto each other. After a few hours they will have frozen and you can transfer them to a Ziploc bag. You can keep them for months!
Of course you can manually set your freezer to a lower temperature – but if the freezer compartment of your refrigerator comes with super frost, activate this function shortly before you start putting your berries on a tray. It will quickly and temporarily bring the temperature in your freezer down to -26°F (-32°C). Don’t worry about having to adjust the temperature again! It automatically deactivates after a few hours.