[FOODIES CORNER] Nine helpful kitchen hacks you should know

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Kitchen hacks are tips or tricks that can make cooking and food preparation easier and more convenient.

These hacks often involve clever techniques or the use of common household items to solve common kitchen challenges or enhance culinary experiences.

Kitchen hacks can range from simple tips for peeling garlic quickly to creative ways to use everyday objects to improve cooking processes. They are meant to save time, reduce waste, simplify tasks.

Kitchen hacks can be especially helpful for home cooks looking for ways to be more efficient and resourceful in the kitchen.

Here are some kitchen hacks that can help you save time and make cooking easier:

1. Use a damp paper towel or a wet silicone brush under your cutting board to prevent it from slipping while you chop vegetables.

2. To easily peel off garlic, soak the garlic cloves in lukewarm water for a few minutes. The water will help soften the skins, making them easier to peel off.

3. When juicing lemons or limes, roll them on the countertop with gentle pressure before cutting and squeezing. This helps to break down the internal membranes and makes it easier to extract the juice.

4. Freeze leftover herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, or basil, in ice cube trays with a little water or olive oil. This way, you can easily add them to your dishes later on.

5. When boiling pasta, reserve some of the starchy cooking water before draining. Adding a small amount of this water to your pasta sauce helps it cling better to the pasta and enhances the overall flavor and consistency.

6. To prevent boiling water from overflowing, place a wooden spoon or a long-handled utensil across the top of the pot. The spoon will disrupt the surface tension and prevent it from boiling over.

7. When baking, line your cake pans or baking sheets with parchment paper. This not only prevents sticking but also makes cleanup much easier.

8. If your brown sugar has hardened, place a slice of bread or a damp paper towel in the container with the sugar and seal it tightly. After a few hours, the moisture from the bread or towel will soften the sugar.

8. To revive stale bread, sprinkle it with a little water and then heat it in the oven for a few minutes. The moisture and heat will freshen it up.

9. When grating cheese, lightly coat the grater with non-stick cooking spray. It will make the grating process smoother and prevent the cheese from sticking to the grater.