Kitchen tricks and tips
Here are some of the shortcuts smart cooks use to make cooking easier, faster and more fun.
Grate frozen butter: You’re about to bake cookies, but the butter is rock-hard in the freezer. Grab your cheese grater! Grate the frozen butter onto a plate and in seconds it will be room temperature. Halve grapes in half the time Instead of cutting each grape in half individually, slice a handful at once. Find two matching lids for reusable plastic containers. Place the grapes on one lid (lip up) then place the other lid (lip down) on top. Hold the stack firmly with one hand then use a chef’s knife to slice through. This works perfectly for cherry tomatoes, too. Save Parmesan rinds First of all, yes, you should always buy Parmesan by the chunk and grate it yourself. And once all the cheese is used and you’re left with a thick rind, pop it into the freezer in a resealable bag. The next time you’re making soup or risotto, add a rind to the pot (and discard it before serving). The Parmesan rind adds incredible umami-richness and depth of flavour.