From the editors at Cosmo.com, these kitchen tricks will make cooking so much easier.
1.Use two plates to safely cut a lot of little tomatoes at once.
Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through the gap between the two plates, holding the top plate securely with your other hand. Voila! Tons of tomatoes cut at one time with all 10 fingers accounted for! (via Jane Maynard)
2. Serve ice cream with a knife, not a scoop.
Next time you’re serving ice cream at a party throw the scoop away. Just dip the closed ice cream container into a large bowl of hot water from the tap for 15-30 seconds, remove the lid, and invert onto a large platter or wood cutting board, then slice the servings with a hot knife. (via Jane Maynard)
3. Use a hot knife to slice cake perfectly.
Run your knife underneath the hot water from the tap, dry it off with a towel, and then cut your cake. You may need to re-heat the knife a couple times throughout the process but it works like a charm, especially on thick, rich cakes, like this SoNo Chocolate Ganache Cake. (via Jane Maynard)
4. Form cookie dough into balls and freeze them so you have ready-to-bake, homemade cookies available at all times.
Next time you make a batch of cookies, freeze the leftover dough into ready-to-bake cookie balls. You will always have fresh-baked cookies just 10 minutes away, which is both incredibly wonderful and insanely dangerous. (via This Week for Dinner)
5. Keep brown sugar from getting hard by throwing a piece of bread into the container.
Want to know how to keep your brown sugar soft as the day you opened the package? Throw a piece of bread into the container. Yep, that’s it. The bread magically keeps the sugar soft, and never gets moldy or gross. (via This Week for Dinner)
6. Freeze broth in ice cube trays to keep a big container from going bad.
Why food companies insist on selling chicken, beef, and veggie broth in 32-ounce containers may forever be a mystery. Instead of letting the rest of the broth go to waste, just pour leftover broth into an ice cube tray, freeze, and then store in an airtight container. Two cubes is about ¼ cup and the broth will always be ready when you are. (via Fannetastic Food)
7. Instead of wasting cabinet space with a funnel, just use an envelope.
Simply snip a hole in one of the sealed corners of an envelope and you can funnel to your heart’s content. (via )
8. Freeze leftover wine to use for cooking later.
If you ever find yourself with leftover wine (Does that happen?), just measure out the leftovers into Ziploc bags and toss in the freezer for later; perfect for when you need wine in a recipe! (via This Week for Dinner)
9. Keep guacamole from turning brown by pouring water on top of it.
There is nothing quite so delicious as brown guacamole. To keep it green, you have to to block the surface of the avocado from touching oxygen, and there is just one great way to do that — with water! Carefully pour enough water on top of the guac to cover it, and cover the container. When you’re ready to eat it, just carefully pour off the water. (via This Week for Dinner)
10. Dice a mango quickly by keeping it on the skin instead of peeling it first.
Slice off the sides of the fruit, cut the flesh of the mango into a grid right in the skin, then flip it inside out and slice everything off the skin. (via The View from Great Island)
11. Make homemade mayonnaise in 30 seconds using oil and eggs.
Throw an egg and a cup of oil into a glass jar or sturdy glass. Turn on an immersion blender and blend from bottom to top until you have mayo. (via The View from Great Island)