Whether you are beautiful or not, clumsy or competent, every girl can benefit from these 12 cooking tips:
Cooking porridge: To make nutritious and spill-free porridge, add a small amount of cooking oil. If you want to prevent the porridge from sticking to the bottom of the pot, dry the pot before cooking, then coat the bottom and sides with a little cooking oil.
Tip for making golden and beautiful fried spring rolls: When making fried spring rolls, the color and taste may not turn out as expected. To achieve a restaurant-quality result, mix sugar with vinegar and brush it onto the spring roll skin before frying. You will be amazed by the beautiful and appetizing golden color of the spring rolls.
How to reduce saltiness when cooking: For soups, stews, and stir-fries that are too salty, add thinly sliced peeled potatoes at least 15 minutes before serving. If potatoes are not available, tomatoes or honey can be used as substitutes, which are also effective in reducing saltiness.
Differentiating between fresh and old eggs: To determine the freshness of an egg, place it in a bowl of salty water. If the egg sinks, it is fresh. If it floats on the surface, it is too old and should not be consumed.
Tip for extinguishing burnt food: If food accidentally burns, cover the pot with a damp cloth until the cloth cools down. This will help eliminate the burnt smell.
Method for boiling green vegetables: When boiling vegetables, keep the lid open. After the vegetables are cooked, briefly soak them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes to enhance their freshness and flavor.
Treating the stinging sensation when handling chili peppers: If your hands become irritated or sting when cutting or handling chili peppers, sprinkle some sugar on them and rinse it off, or use vinegar to alleviate the stinging sensation.
Tip for removing the fishy smell from chicken and duck feathers: After removing the feathers, rub salt or mashed ginger onto the chicken or duck for 5 minutes, then rinse it off before proceeding to gut it. This will eliminate any unwanted odor.
Making broth: Boil the water before adding the meat or bones, and leave the pot uncovered. Once the water boils again, reduce the heat and regularly skim off any foam. Adding a roasted purple onion to the pot will result in a clear and non-cloudy broth.
Tip for detoxifying bamboo shoots: Before adding bamboo shoots to dishes, blanch them with chili. This simple method helps remove toxins from bamboo shoots.
Seasoning tips: When seasoning, add longer-lasting seasonings first. For example, if you need to season with salt, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and seasoning powder, follow this order: sugar, salt, vinegar, soy sauce, and seasoning powder.
Removing fat from soup: Refrigerate the soup bowl and wait for it to solidify. Then, easily remove the layer of fat that forms on top.
These 12 practical cooking tips will shorten your cooking time and ensure delightful meals that satisfy your family’s taste buds.
Dương Thị Uyên (compiler)