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Cooking Hacks To Save Even Seasoned Chefs

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It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been cooking, there are always, always new tips you can learn along the way. They say we learn something new every day, but often, the most stubborn of cooks will find themselves on autopilot, lovingly repeating the same recipes – and mistakes – that they have done for years. Even the most experimental of cooks will appreciate a little helping hand in the life hack department to make their lives easier, and if anything, these will only help their creativity…

Herbalicious…

Yes, I just said ‘herbalicious’… and that’s because herbs are delicious, duh. If you’re anything like me, you love fresh herbs way more than those dried ones that come out of a packet. But wow, that stuff is expensive! Unless you are lucky enough to have a rosemary plant on your driveway or a little herb garden somewhere, the cost will soon add up, especially when you’re making fresh, aromatic dishes. The next time you buy some (or are lucky enough to pick them yourself), just freeze them in olive oil in little ice cube trays. Mind blowing, right? You can them just drop them into any future dish. Voila! I really don’t know how I didn’t think of this sooner, but I can’t take all the credit for these tips.

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Buttered Up

Hosting a dinner party and you’re pretty smug about the fact that you’ve got everything covered? Don’t speak too soon. Sometimes, no matter how brilliantly you’ve done with the preparation and actual cooking, one teeny thing can threaten to spoil everything (at least in your perfectionist mind, anyway). With starters, mains and desserts all prepped, it can be something as simple as forgetting to take the butter out of the fridge to go alongside your delicious and freshly baked bread that can send you all into a panic. No worries – simply heat up a glass and place it over the butter on a plate and then serve as normal. Phew!

Frozen Wine?!

Frozen wine is actually a thing. If you can bear to tear yourself away from it, that is. If you have leftover wine by some miracle at the end of a dinner party, you can actually freeze it to use in tasty dishes ranging from risottos to creamy white wine sauces for chicken. I’m not sure how it would taste as a way to relax at the end of a long day, but at least you now no longer have to feel any guilt about wasting all that lovely wine. See? The sensible option of calling it a night early can be quite a practical one, after all.  

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I Could Go On…

There are literally thousands of cooking hacks out there and these days, thanks to the Internet, they can make all of our lives easier. Plus it’s fun to try something new once in a while and let’s face it… everyone loves to show off to their friends about cool new tricks they’ve learned. You can even take all the credit – I won’t tell, I promise!

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