Favorite Food Hacks

I picked up a few tricks in the last couple of months. Some of them are pretty good, but I’m not sure any meet the cupcake sandwich standard.

Pizza Leftovers
 My wife insists leftover pizza is best eaten cold. I disagree. It’s best eaten with a crisp crust, and just warmed through enough that the cheese is soft. To accomplish this, drop a cold slice of pizza into a cold skillet or frying pan. Set the burner to medium-high. and weight about 3-5 minutes until the cheese has softened and warm. The bottom of the crust will have a very thin crisp layer on it, and everything else will have just the right temperature and consistency.

Char Grilled Streak
 Looking for a nice char on the outside of the steak like you would get if you could get your oven/grill/range to 900 degrees? Try roughing up the surface of the steak. Take a sharp knife and slice dozens of tiny scores, barely breaking the surface of the steak. the rougher you can get the surface, the more great little brown bits you’ll get at relatively low temperatures. You end up with a nice carmelized exterior without overcooking the steak.

Make Anything a Bowl
 For years I used upside down muffin tins to form a bowl-shaped crust for a favorite apple dessert. The recent bacon bowl TV ads inspired me to try a few more items.  You can take Japanese sticky rice, from it over the tin and you get a great rice bowl with a little bit of crispness around the edges. And no, you don’t have to buy the bacon bowl, as seen on TV, a muffin tin works just fine, but be sure to place a hotel pan or cookie sheet or  underneath it to catch the drippings.

Slicing an Avocado
This one seems super simple, but I see people slicing avocados wrong all the time.  Slice the avocado before peeling it. RUn you knife through the meat just until the tip hits the skin. Don’t slice through the skin. Then just peel the skin back or run a large spoon between the meat and the skin.

Peel just About Anything
I’ve only tried this with potatoes and roasted chiles but I bet it works for many other things as well.  Steam or bake the item that you want peeled, then drop it in an ice bath.the peel usually slides off cleanly in one big sheet.

 

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