Cooking life hacks

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRATS - By SARA KHONG brats@thes­tar.com.my

WHAT hap­pens when you put a tech­savvy Gen-Y girl who can­not cook in the kitchen? She hacks recipes and kitchen tools!

In the so­cial me­dia gen­er­a­tion, “hack” doesn’t mean to chop some­thing up re­peat­edly. Ac­cord­ing to In­ter­net nomen­cla­ture, it ei­ther means like hack­ing a com­puter, or more re­cently, find­ing short­cuts to get some­thing done – a “life hack”.

We are a gen­er­a­tion where the best, most ef­fi­cient way to do any­thing is just a Google search away. There are plenty of life hacks out there, and some are re­ally clever. For ex­am­ple, clean­ing a blender can be as easy as “blend­ing” wa­ter and dish­wash­ing liq­uid.

Know­ing that many mod­ern women are also lack­ing the time to re­ally in­dulge in their kitchen hob­bies, I started JewelPie.com, where I share all the life hacks I’ve per­son­ally tried and tested; smart ideas and sim­ple tu­to­ri­als on how to cook, clean, en­ter­tain and dress up with min­i­mal time and effort.

But for to­day, let’s have a look at my five favourite life hacks for the kitchen.

The writer is a mem­ber of the BRATs, a young jour­nal­ist pro­gramme or­gan­ised by R.AGE. She writes at JewelPie.com, a home liv­ing magazine with smart, time-sav­ing life hacks for Gen-Y women. For more info on the BRATs, log on to face­book.com/star­brats.

deep fry­ing takes skill, and the process can get pretty messy. but I found a fool-proof way – do it with a mi­crowave.

Sim­ply wash peeled ikan bilis, driz­zle them with oil, and pop ‘em in the mi­crowave for two min­utes. Not only would the ikan bilis be per­fectly cooked and crispy, it’s much faster, and you don’t need to clean up a big, oily wok. The writer runs an on­line home lifestyle magazine with ‘life hacks’ for Gen-y women.

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