10 Unusual Yet Useful Cooking Tricks » TwistedSifter

The folks over at BuzzFeed have compiled a bunch of their favorite cooking hacks, and some of them are actually really helpful!

10. Cook your pasta in red wine.

Pasta and red wine go perfectly together, and apparently you can cook them together too. Cook pasta in red wine instead of water to add flavor and color.

9. Roast your pasta before cooking it.

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Waaaa? ! Yes. Roasting makes the pasta nuttier and browner and adds a unique flavor. You have to roast the pasta while it’s still dry for this to work.

8. Roast your white chocolate.

Speaking of roasting! If you love baking, try roasting your white chocolate on a baking sheet. It becomes golden and nutty.

7. Prepare instant potato chips in the microwave.

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Are you always too lazy to buy a bag of potato chips, but you really need to eat potato chips right now? If you have potatoes on hand, you can make potato chips in the microwave in minutes.

Game changer.

6. Use mayonnaise as a release layer.

Coat your meat or fish with mayonnaise before putting it on the grill, this will prevent the food from sticking and help it cook more evenly.

5. First “ripen” your cookie dough.

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The secret to perfect cookies is… letting the dough rest for several days before baking. This apparently improves the texture.

4. Use your slow cooker as a sous vide machine.

Sous-vide cooking has been a hit with foodies almost forever. If you’re a DIYer and have some free time, you can hack your slow cooker to behave like a sous vide machine to save some money on equipment.

3. Harden your egg yolks.

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If you want to seriously wow your next brunch guests, bury a few egg yolks in a mixture of salt and sugar for a few days and then put them in the oven to dry. The yolks become hardened and firm, and you can grate them on other dishes.

2. Make your own cheese sauce.

Cheese sauce solves all the problems. You can make your own at home with just water, cheese, and sodium citrate (a type of salt you can buy online). Very easy.

1. Prepare a vegan meringue with chickpea water.

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An episode of The Great British Bake-Off will confirm that this trick actually works. It is also called “aquafaba”. The liquid from a can of chickpeas can be whipped into a meringue in place of the egg whites.

Now step into the kitchen and do some magic!

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