10 Cooking Hacks from Uber Talented Chefs
Calling all microwave-meal makers! Need some tips for cooking up a storm in the kitchen? We’ve got the perfect round up for you — 10 ah-mazing cooking hacks from some of the best chefs in the world! Whether you’re already a whiz in the kitchen or are just graduating from ramen, these chefs’ solid tips and ninja tricks will make cooking a breeze. Bon appetit!
1. Issac McHale of Young Turks Collective, UK: Having trouble juicing your citrus? Pop your oranges and lemons in the microwave for a few seconds to make juicing easier. (via The Independent, photo via Brit + Co)
4. Megan Walhood of Viking Soul Food in Portland: Think beyond baking. With a few attachments, you can use your KitchenAid Stand mixer for making pasta AND grinding meat. (via Food & Wine, photo via Brit + Co)
6. Michel Nischan formerly of Dressing Room, Connecticut: It’s all in the eyes. When choosing whole fish at the grocery store, pick one with bright, clear and shiny eyes and skin. Those are signs of freshness. (via Whole Foods)
7. Theo Randal of Theo Randal at the Intercontinental, London: Want perfect pasta? Cook it for two minutes less than what the box calls for. The pasta will finish cooking when you mix it with the sauce and a ladle of pasta water — plus the starch from the pasta will thicken the sauce. (via MSN Food, photo via Smitten Kitchen)
9. Alex Ageneau formerly of Paris Club, Chicago: Hold off on salting a sauce until after you’ve reduced it. You might not even need to salt it, since a sauce becomes saltier after reduction. (via Kitchen Daily)
10. Kristian Eligh of Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver: Don’t throw that marinade out! If a BBQ recipe calls for you to marinate the meat, reserve the marinade and boil it down a bit to reapply to your meat while on the grill for extra intense flavor. (via Hawksworth Restaurant)
Got a great cooking hack of your own? Share with us in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!