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With age comes wisdom and grandma knows best when it comes to cooking (and practically anything else about life!)
In this post, you will find some of the most mind-blowing hacks from a few Grandmas that are finally spilling all the beans on their favorite cooking tip. This advice may very well change how you cook forever.
Keep scrolling below and prepare to be amazed by these old-fashioned cooking tricks.
Cooking Tips from Grandma
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1. When boiling eggs add a tablesoon of salt to the water.
Then once they are done cooking, place the eggs in a bowl of ice water to make the shell practically slip off.
2. Your pan is hot enough to cook when water sizzles.
Your pan is hot enough to cook when you splash a few drops of water on it and it sizzles. Only then is when you should start cooking.
3. Add a little bit of fresh squeeze lemon juice to your rice while cooking.
The lemon juice will help keep your rice white and add a zing of flavor to it.
4. Add a few tablespoons of oatmeal to your soup.
Adding a few spoonfuls of plain oatmeal to your soup will thicken it and make it richer.
5. Keep cookies fresh by placing tissue paper in the container that you store them in.
Keep your fresh baked cookies soft by placing tissue paper in the box or container that they are in.
6. When cooking ham or cabbage, add vinegar to the water to help prevent your home from smelling.
The house can get really smelly when cooking cabbages or ham, so place a few teaspoons of vinegar in the pot that you’re cooking it in.
7. To prevent sausages from shrinking when cooking, boil them first.
Boil your sausages for 5-8 minutes to keep them from shrinking when you grill or pan fry them.
8. Keep sweet potatoes moist by rubbing them with butter before baking.
Rub your sweet potatoes with butter or any oil of your choice to prevent them from drying out while baking.
9. To make potatoes easier to peel, soak them in cold salty water.
Before peeling your potatoes, soak them in cold salty water. Also run your peeler under hot water for a seconds to make them easier to peel.
10. Pour hot water over lemons before squeezing to get more juice out them.
Or you can try rolling them under your hand for a few seconds. This will help break up the fibers and make it so that you can squeeze out as much juice as you can.
11. To preserve the white color of cauliflower when cooking, add lemon juice to the water.
The acid in lemon will prevent your cauliflower from turning brown when cooking.
12. Use a salt shaker to flour your chicken and fish before frying.
Instead of dipping your chicken or fish into the breading, fill a shaker with your flour and sprinkle over your meats. This will save time and money.
13. To slice cold cheese, warm your knife under hot water for a few seconds.
To get nice and smooth slices of cheese, make sure to warm your cutting knife under hot water for a few seconds.
14. When cooking rice, save the water to make the gravy.
If making rice with gravy, make sure to reuse the leftover water from your rice to make your gravy. It will taste smoother and thicken it perfectly.
15. To prevent you pot from boiling over when cooking pasta, add a tablespoon of oil to the water.
Or you can try rubbing butter around the rim of the pot before cooking.
16. Don’t buy fruits and vegetables with bruises or soft spots.
This is a sign that the fruit has begun to lose its nutrients. Inspect all your fruit before purchase.
17. Never follow recipes to the T, taste your food when cooking.
Recipes are simply a guide to follow so never follow it word for word. Simply, add more or less of what you like and always taste your food while cooking.
18. Keep green vegetables vibrant by cooking them uncovered.
The acids in green foods will make them turn brown if they are cooked in a pot covered with a lid. So to maintain their color, cook them uncovered and for the shortest time possible.
19. When cooking popcorn, save the kernels that didn’t pop and soak them in water.
Late you can cook these to make another batch of popcorn because nothing goes to waste in grandma’s house!
20. Test the freshness of eggs by placing them in a pot of water. If it floats, it expired.
Spoiled or bad eggs float when placed in water. This is very important to remember when you are unsure of the expiration date.
21. Peel onions under running water.
This will help prevent the fumes from reaching your eyes and causing eye irritation. After you’re done, rub your hand on your metal sink spout to get rid of the smell.
22. To get rid of smells in the home after cooking, heat a skillet and sprinkle cinnamon in it.
Cinnamon will mask any odors in the home after cooking smelly food such as fish, cabbage, etc. Sprinkle a teaspoon of cinnamon into a heated skillet or add a few orange peels.
23. Keep your cake moist by wrapping it with a damp cheesecloth.
If you found that your cake is dry, wrap it in a damp cheesecloth and place in a warm oven for a few minutes.
24. Sprinkle your cakes with flour before frosting.
When the cake is fresh from the oven, lightly sprinkle with flour to make it easier to frost.
25. Use unscented dental floss to cut your cakes and pies with no mess.
The wax on the dental floss makes it the perfect tool to cut your cakes with it crumbling.