Have you ever wished there was a simple way to solve problems in the kitchen? Have you ever wanted to impress your friends with how ingenious you are at solving problems? If so, the five tips below will help establish your reputation as a culinary and engineering genius:
- Keep potatoes fresh
Potatoes have a habit of sprouting when stored for long periods of time. To extend their storage time, try storing potatoes in a bag with a couple of ripe apples. Apples give off volatile chemicals (growth enhancers and inhibitors) that delay the germination of potatoes, allowing you to store potatoes for longer periods.
- Make easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs
Hard boiled eggs can sometimes be rather difficult to peel; the egg shell breaks into small shards, making it very time consuming to remove all the shell. Try adding a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to the water as you boil the egg. The sodium bicarbonate will soften the egg shell, making it much easier to peel.
- Use bananas as a binding agent
If you ever run out of eggs, bananas can be used in your home baking as an alternative binding agent. Simply chop up half a banana for each egg you would normally use. Obviously the end product of your baking will taste of banana, so this may not always be an appropriate solution.
- Keep carbonated drinks fizzy
Carbonated drinks are best enjoyed when they are still fizzy. Unfortunately, the fizz can soon disappear from a bottle of carbonated drink once it has been opened. This is caused by the drop in air pressure when the bottle is opened; the carbon dioxide comes out of solution and escapes from the bottle. A neat solution to this problem is to squeeze the sides of the bottle inwards once some of the drink has been consumed. This will reduce the volume inside the bottle and hence maintain pressure, keeping the carbon dioxide dissolved and the drink fizzy.
- Chill a drink with frozen grapes
The problem with using ice cubes to chill a drink is that they melt, diluting an alcoholic beverage with water. To prevent this from happening, consider using frozen grapes instead of ice cubes. Simply freeze a few grapes and pop them into your drink. They’ll keep your drink wonderfully cold and won’t melt in the process!