April 21, 2024

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks

How would you rank your cooking skills, pandas? On a scale of “somehow manages to burn cereal” to “can bake a flawless soufflé with your eyes closed”, where do you fall? Personally, I grew up watching way more Food Network than I would be proud to admit, but despite the fact that my child brain was supposed to be soaking up information like tres leches cake soaks up milk, many of the tips and tricks I heard went in one ear and right out the other. So as an adult, I’ve put in countless hours reading recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and studying videos to feel confident preparing a homemade meal. And I have to admit, it was totally worth it, because I love cooking now!

But there’s always more to learn, especially for my fellow amateur cooks out there. So below, we’ve gathered a list of helpful tips and tricks Redditors have been sharing that might be the exact game-changers you need to feel more at home in the kitchen. From learning how to properly dice veggies to purchasing small appliances that will save you loads of time and energy, these tips might go a long way in elevating your culinary skills. Be sure to upvote the responses featuring hacks you plan to utilize the next time you’re responsible for dinner, and then if you’re hungry for even more tips from Bored Panda that can improve your kitchen literacy, check out this delicious list next!

Get all your ingredients out before you start and put them away as you use them. Saves you from realizing you’re out of something halfway through or forgetting if you added something already.

nlwric Report

It’s silly but adding toasted sesame oil to any rice dish, but especially stir fry. Heck, even a simple chicken and rice dishes are a million times better with sesame oil added

Practical_Defiance , Rex Roof Report

Regardless of how well you currently know how to cook, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all interested in getting better. Being able to prepare meals that are even more delicious than what you would receive at your local restaurants can save time and money, and when you’re in control of the ingredients, you can create even healthier dishes that perfectly fit your palate. Plus, being an excellent chef will allow you to create wonderful dishes for your friends and family members, and it might even help you find love. According to one survey from The Little Potato Company, 86% of Americans find cooking to be an attractive trait in potential partners, and two thirds of Americans reported that they would be more likely to go on a first date with someone who mentioned cooking on their dating profile. No matter what incentivizes you to upgrade your culinary skills, I’m sure you won’t regret it!

To gain more insight on how this conversation started in the first place, we reached out to Reddit user Degofreak, who reached out asking for game-changing cooking tricks. “I love cooking. I’m the main cook for my family, and I’m psyched about anyone who takes an interest in cooking at home,” they told Bored Panda. “The question was asked because I thought there are so many people who might be able to help each other. When I read an online recipe, I always read the comments. That’s where the magic happens.” Degofreak noted that they love crowdsourcing cooking tips online, and we have to agree! So that’s what this list can be for all of you, pandas. Feel free to channel your inner Gordon Ramsay and share your best cooking tips and tricks in the comments.

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks Every recipe blog has a “jump to recipe” button somewhere near the top. Discovering that I could skip the backstory made me way more open to searching for new recipes.

MrFretless , insidecreativehouse Report

Cooking is an art form, baking is science.

You can think of a recipe like a suggestion and improvise accordingly, but when you are baking, precise measurements and methods make all the difference.

-Cheers!

S_K_Farms Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks Start with a completely clean kitchen and empty sink(s) and a lot of the time you can serve dinner and have 80% of the cleanup completed as well.

bornelite , elenavolf Report

When adjusting seasoning at the end, if you’ve added salt and pepper and the dish still feels like it’s ‘missing something’. Add a splash of an acid.

White/apple cider Vinegar, lemon, lime etc. Use as appropriate for the dish.

Sad_Tony Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks If you have lots of garlic, peel it then put it in a food processor or blender, then put it in ziplock bags and flatten it out before freezing it. Whenever you need garlic just break off however much you want from the sheet. Keeps forever and is much better than the stuff you get in the jar from the supermarket.

ToothbrushGames , senencov Report

If you take a dry paper towel and place it in your bag of spinach or kayle it will last months instead of a week and the bag will always be dry instead of building condensation and wilting the leaf.

Prior-Initial-1255 Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks Sliced peppers and onions can go straight into the freezer fresh and come straight out and into the hot pan, no need for thawing.

spoopysky , didesign Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks Getting and using a stick blender. I thought they were gimmicks until I got one (nearly 20 years ago). I’ve reached for that thing at least 20 times for every time I even thought about getting the full-sized blender out.

Drinking_Frog , magone Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks I keep a jar in the fridge which contains the drained oil from anchovies, I add mixed herbs and some smashed garlic cloves. A teaspoon full to sauces gives that umami kick, when you don’t have anything else.

jojosparkletoes , jirkaejc Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks When making hard boiled eggs I switched to steaming them instead of boiling them in water a couple of years ago. I’ve not fought with a stubborn shell once since I made the switch.

Outspan , carlo_vstek Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks We don’t eat bacon that often. You can take parchment paper, put a slice on it, fold it over, add another slice, and keep going until you have a roll of individual slices of bacon. Put it in a large ziploc bag and put it in the freezer. Bacon survives freezing just fine, and this way you can remove as many pieces as you want.

EDIT: It is fascinating all the variations people have on dealing with bacon!

DrHugh , K-State Research and Exte Report

The most important thing I learned, years ago from my mentor, was to be mindful of your energy and emotional state when cooking. Your energy goes into your food and people feel that. Never cook angry. Always cook with joy. I have my favorite music going, I’m singing and dancing in the kitchen and having fun, even when it is crunch time. Your food is an extension of you.

ItsDoctorFabulous Report

Don’t blindly follow recipes, no matter how good the food blog looks. I’m convinced a lot of the recipes are untested, and their prep times, cook temperatures, and cook times are often not the ideal amounts. Monitor your cooking and improvise as needed.

gofunkyourself69 Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks When you need to remove the pit from an avocado, just give the back of the half holding the pit a little push with your thumbs. It falls right out and you don’t have to do the slippery knife twist maneuver. Ngl was kind of pissed at how easy it was when I learned it.

ggtyfp , mythja Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks Food processors are underrated. I’ve just started using mine (after using the blender for years) and behold! Nice tomatillo salsa or chimichurri, no problem. But then I saw that you can use it for pie crusts and biscuits and OH MY GOD WHAT A GAME CHANGER FOR CUTTING IN MY BUTTER. Pre chunk the butter, throw it in, and a few pulses later youre in business.

thatcreepierfigguy , sofiiashunkina Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks 1. I now freeze my left over tomato paste. I can cut off the amount I need for a recipe and throw it back in the freezer.

2. If you store asparagus in a mason jar of water, standing up with the heads out of the water, it can stay fresh for weeks.

funkoramma , Ross Catrow Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks For snacking on veggies instead of spending all that time chopping, getting a Mandolin slicer and cutting up cucumber, bell peppers, carrots etc is so much easier and they look great too.
Also, baking bacon on foil in the oven instead of standing stove side the entire time.

Arimon92 , Pressmaster Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks Exact measurements are not essential in 99% of things(not counting baking.) Cook to taste, and taste as you cook.

DaddyDakka , MPPLLC45 Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks Realising I can make hollandaise sauce without having to use a bain-marie was a wonderful discovery for me.

Just slowly whisk in 50g of melted butter to one egg yolk, then add lemon juice and season. The consistency’s ever so slightly different, but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad difference.

blwds , Weedezign_photo Report

“What Trick Did You Learn That Changed Everything?”: 30 People Share Their Best Cooking Hacks I guess this counts: when I need minced garlic, I just smash the garlic with the flat of my knife and then give it a quick rocking cut for a few seconds. That’s almost always good enough- I’m not spending minutes mincing garlic.

Either that, or I’ll microplane it

JeanVicquemare , DragonImages Report

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