You probably think you know how to use most kitchen appliances. It would seem that you can grind food on a grater, what else can it be needed for? In fact, this is only 10 percent of its real functionality. We have created a selection of eleven such items that can surprise you with how you can and should use them.
Earlier we mentioned this kitchen utensil, which is capable of not only finely grating vegetables or fruits. The Soviet people knew that a grater is a multifunctional kitchen helper that, in principle, replaces a food processor. Most often we use large round holes, but there are others: rectangular ones are designed for cutting cheese or sausages into slices, stars can be used to grind cinnamon sticks, parmesan and other solid foods, Christmas trees or waves are used to decorate dishes.
Almost everyone in this department stores not often used dishes, pans, and baking dishes. But in fact, this drawer is meant for heating food. If you don’t have a microwave, this is ideal. He will also be able to help you out during a large feast, when you need to heat up many portions at once.
3. Milk frother
Coffee lovers sometimes indulge themselves by making thick milk froth with a special device. But the functions of the frother do not end there, you can successfully use it to mix sauce in a small container, where it is impossible to reach with a blender.
4. Spoon for spaghetti
It looks quite bizarre – wavy edges, in the middle of the depression there is a hole. Its main purpose is to remove excess liquid from pasta as you remove it from the pot. However, there is another interesting feature, the hole in the middle is perfect for measuring out the perfect serving of spaghetti. Some manufacturers even went and make a special mark near the hole. She can indicate how many people the portion is designed for: one or two.
As the name implies, this device is needed in order to peel vegetables or fruits.
IMPORTANT! When you use a vegetable peeler, do it on your own, but not otherwise. Your safety and the quality of your work depend on this equally.
What else can a peeler do:
- remove stalks from large berries;
- make large chocolate chips to decorate desserts;
- carefully cut the zest from the citrus fruits;
- peel exotic fruits (avocado, mango) with thick skin.
6. Garlic press
Ultimately, it is intended to be mashed from garlic. This seasoning is ideal for many meats, fish dishes and salads, but peeling garlic is not easy. What if we say that you don’t need to peel the garlic? You just need to remove the hard tip, stick the wedge in the press and press, voila, the pulp on the outside, and all the husks remain inside. Thus, a garlic press is also a device for cleaning it.
How do you usually use a blender to make smoothies? Surely, throw in sliced fruits and vegetables, add a little bit of liquid and press the button. We is in a hurry to tell you that this is not quite the correct algorithm of actions. First, you need to lay soft and liquid in the bowl, then seeds and herbs, and only at the end hard vegetables and fruits.
IMPORTANT! If you put hard pieces first, the blender knives do not normally cope with them, a homogeneous mass will not work.
8. Big chef knives
Not many people in the kitchen take the risk of using wide and large knives, but they can often be seen in cooking shows, where chefs deftly manipulate them. In fact, learning how to cut food is also not difficult, the main secret is how to hold this knife. Ordinary narrow knives are held, as a rule, like this: the index finger on the back, the rest hold on to the handle. You have to behave differently with large wide chef knives:
- you need to place your thumb at the top;
- hold the index on the side so that it sets the direction;
- press the knife firmly.
We also recommend using non-slippery boards to protect yourself from unpleasant situations.
INTERESTING! To prevent the board from sliding or walking on the table, place a towel or rag under it.
9. Forked knives
Double-tipped knives often also have a finely serrated blade. Often they cut bread with such knives, but take a closer look at the forked end, such a knife actually has a completely different purpose. If you cut soft vegetables or fruits (tomatoes, peaches, and so on), then with this tip you can easily pry them off and transfer or mix gently.
It is difficult to imagine a modern kitchen without a dishwasher; it greatly facilitates difficult household work. Have you ever wondered how to put dishes in the dishwasher? In fact, there are clear ergonomic rules to use the functionality of the technique to its fullest. Dishwasher manufacturers make the following recommendations:
- plates, where carbohydrate foods (potatoes, cereals) were predominantly laid, must be placed in the center of the grill:
- plates after protein meals (eggs, cheeses, dairy products) should be placed around the edges.
This arrangement of the dishes will ensure perfect cleanliness.
We hope we encouraged you to think about how to organize your life in the kitchen now, what you need to buy and what you need to get rid of. Convenience and ergonomics are very important in the kitchen, therefore it is so important to correctly and maximize the use of space and objects, then cooking will cease to be a duty, but will become a pleasant chore or a hobby.