A kitchen hack, also known as a food hack, is a technique used by home cooks and professionals to make food preparation tasks easier, faster, or more efficient. It may also be called a food hack, and is a type of life hack, although the concept of a kitchen hack predates the coinage of either term. (1)
Who doesn’t love a technique that will make our time in the kitchen easier and faster!
Here are a few of my favorites:
Write in your cookbooks.
Soup could have used more tomato? Chicken needed ten more minutes in the oven? Make a note of it and you’ll never make that mistake again. You think you’ll remember, but you might not. Needed more salt, less salt. Write it!
Inspect Your Spices
Ground spices don’t last forever. So give them a whiff—if they don’t smell like anything, they won’t taste like anything. And if they don’t taste like anything, you’re cooking with a flavorless, brown powder. This is especially true of things like cumin, things that are ground.
Buy parchment paper.
This will save you lots of cleanup time. Cook things on parchment paper.
Put the lid on the pot to make your water boil faster.
Seems obvious, but if you don’t know, now you know.
Don’t Crowd Your Pans.
Food that’s crowded into a cast-iron skillet or sheet tray gets steamed—and soggy—instead of crisp.
Switch to metal measuring cups and spoons.
Plastic warps over time, making them less precise.