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These Simple Cooking Tips Will Make Your Life Easier

Whether you’re a cooking novice or a dab-hand in the kitchen, it’s always helpful to brush up on

some invaluable tips and tricks for efficient, fuss-free cooking. They will save you time and make

meal prep so much easier!

Read on to discover my favourite cooking tips, so you can make every meal a success:

Use a damp towel to keep your cutting board in place

Does your cutting board slide about on the counter as you chop? Place a damp kitchen towel or a

damp tea towel underneath it, to keep the board securely in place.

Invest in quality knives

Knives are arguably the number-one most useful kitchen utensil. In fact, the right knives can

transform meal prep from stressful and time-consuming to easy and efficient. So it pays to invest in

a good quality knife set that will stand the test of time....And keep those knives sharp.

Did you know dull knives are more dangerous than sharp ones? That’s because a dull blade is more likely to slip when cutting. Sharp knives, on the other hand, enable you to chop faster and with precision. It’s also a good idea to watch video tutorials on basic knife skills, such as how to hold your knife. With a bit of practice, you’ll find chopping and slicing a breeze.

Mise en place to stay organised in the kitchen

Mise en place is French for “put in place.” It refers to how professional restaurants prepare and lay

out all ingredients before cooking, to make the process more organised. Adopt this approach in your own kitchen and you’ll find meal prep relaxing and enjoyable – and you’ll never forget to include an ingredient again!

Shake garlic for easy peeling

If you love garlic, you’ll love this simple method for peeling several cloves at once: remove as many

cloves as you need from your garlic bulb and put them in a jar or container. Cover with a lid and give it a vigorous shake for 10 seconds. This will cause the skins to break away, resulting in perfectly peeled cloves.

Dry meats before cooking them

Before you throw meat in the pan, pat it dry with a paper towel. Why? Meat has a layer of moisture that stops it searing properly. Whether you’re roasting or frying, dry meat will brown much more effectively. And if you’re cooking poultry, drying it beforehand will also result in golden crispy skin. The same principle applies to chickpeas and veggies, too; pat them with a towel before roasting to improve their texture when cooked.

Don’t crowd the pan

Similarly, whether you’re oven baking or frying it’s important to avoid crowding the pan.

Overcrowding reduces heat and encourages a slow-release of moisture. The result is food that’s

steamed and soggy instead of crisp. So for best results, give your food space to breathe.

Read the whole recipe first

This one might sound obvious, but if you’re in a hurry it’s easy to get tripped up by missing an

ingredient, or a too-hot oven halfway through cooking. Read the whole recipe upfront and you’ll

save yourself time in the long run.

For maximum flavour, toast the nuts and spices

Toasting the nuts and spices really brings out their flavour and will take your dish to the next level.

It doesn’t take long, either. For spices, simply heat in a dry pan, stirring until fragrant; for nuts, pop

them in the oven for 10 minutes before cooking with them.

Pre-chop and freeze onions

Recipe staples like onions, garlic and peppers freeze surprisingly well. Store them in Ziploc bags or

even ice-cube trays, and you can grab what you need from the freezer after a busy day – making

weeknight cooking faster and easier. It’s a good idea to store peeled ginger in the freezer, too: not

only does it last longer, it will grate more easily.