Culinary tips that have changed your life

(128 Posts)
ParsingFancy Sun 18-Aug-13 12:51:51

Haven't had one of these threads for a while!

Mine:

You can loosen the paper on garlic by twisting the clove. Better still, thwack clove with flat of knife to crush, pick paper off.

To chop herbs or anything small, hold the end of a curved chef's knife on the board with your spare hand, and just see-saw it up and down, back and forth.

To shred cabbage/lettuce/any leaves, roll leaves up like a cigar and slice.

To skin celeriac or swede, slice into discs, then place flat on board and cut down round the edges. Also works with pumpkin, though you don't actually need to peel butternut squash.

Anyone else?

Great thread!

I freeze leftover mash/ homemade soup in a 12 hole muffin/fairy cake tray wrapped in cling film. Once frozen, leave out for 5 mins then scoop them all out with a knife and put in a freezer bag and back in the freezer. Individual portions and saves space.

annekeberdina Sat 19-Oct-13 17:37:20

I came to England many, many years ago and au paired for a concert pianist on a very tight budget. I was suddenly responsible for cooking and feeding 3 people, never having done this before. Thankfully I remembered mama's stockpot! One huge pot, a marrow bone and lots of fresh vegetables. It was my lifesaver! Why buy expensive ready meals with all those additives? If you are on a really tight budget try it. There are a thousand variations, all delicious and wholesome!

mrspremise Sun 20-Oct-13 09:47:39

Keep the clingfilm in the freezer. Sounds bonkers, but it works, stops it sticking to every bastard other thing in sight rather than what you are trying to cover

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