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AbitaFan08
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Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
Last night we were cooking some chicken green chili enchiladas and learned a new trick for shredding chicken (or pork). It got me thinking that there are probably tons of little tricks out there that makes life in the kitchen easier on the chef. What are yours?

1. Rather than using two forks to shred chicken/pork, you can use your KitchenAid with the ceramic paddle and it will shred the chicken for you.

2. When cleaning your Vitamix/blender, you can just add soap and water to it, turn it on, and rinse it out.

I'm not saying these are ground breaking things, maybe they are common knowledge and I'm just slow.


Aubie Spr96
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Store your carrots, celery, and leafy greens in a tupperware container with a couple of paper towels. You'll be amazed as to how much longer they will keep.


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gumbo2176
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Next time you have to make a large batch of roux, drag a barstool into the kitchen and have a seat as it will take a while. Oh, and while sitting on said barstool, put it to good use by drinking beer until the roux is done.

I've had 3-4 beer rouxs in my time in the kitchen when making enough for several gallons of gumbo.


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Gaston
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re: Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
Or just use boneless skinless thighs and cut them up between browning and saucing.


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NOLATiger71
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re: Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
Wait a few minutes longer when heating up cast iron.

When finish cooking on cast iron rinse pot or skillet out with hot water and heat back up on stove to dry out water.


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1. Rather than using two forks to shred chicken/pork, you can use your KitchenAid with the ceramic paddle and it will shred the chicken for you.


Does this really make life easier? Now you have to lug the damn thing out of the cabinet, get the right attachment on, then take it apart, clean the attachment and the bowl, and put it back up. Or you could have just used two forks and been done

ETA: I definitely use your second tip though. That's a definite time saver.
This post was edited on 2/4 at 8:51 am


AbitaFan08
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For a couple chicken breasts, it’s easier to just use two forks. Last night I was meal prepping and had 8 chicken breasts to shred, and yes it was much easier to use the KitchenAid


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hungryone
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Cleaning the VitaMix with soap & water & 90 seconds of blending: frequently DOES NOT work. I got one a couple months ago, and my standard breakfast smoothie contains nut butter. Hot soapy water & running the blender absolutely does not clean nut butter off of the sides of the container.

I made nut butter last week....and ran soapy water through it to clean. It removed about 70% of the residue, but it still required a good, solid scrub with a sponge.


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2. When cleaning your Vitamix/blender, you can just add soap and water to it, turn it on, and rinse it out.


Well frick me



Not a trick but I think one of the things that saves the most time in the kitchen is cleaning as you go. If she's cooking, I'm cleaning stuff as soon as it's used. After we eat, no sink full of dishes to clean


NOLATiger71
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Cleaning vitamix blenders at smoothie king back in the ‘90s was done by filling half way with water and a little bleach and turn on high for :30 sec.


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Nicky Parrish
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re: Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
quote:

use your KitchenAid with the ceramic paddle and it will shred the chicken for you

Read about this a year or so ago. Works well for pulled pork. First time I let in go a little too long and the texture wasn’t right. Another great use of the KitchenAid.


andouille
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Buy a house with a big enough kitchen that my wife will store Tupperware with the lids on so I don't have to fumble around cussing and muttering looking for a lid that fits. (This strategy failed miserably).

So I threw away all of our containers and bought a set that only has 2 size lids, big and small, so far this is working, except for an alien container someone left, it went to the recycle bin.

Seriously, my best kitchen tip is when you are cooking clean pots, cutting boards and utensils as you go instead of having a big mess at the end.


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I threw out almost all of the tupperware type containers. Now I use deli containers that all use the same lid size.


LSUlefty
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That's the most aggravating shite in the world.
This post was edited on 2/4 at 12:56 pm


andouille
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I am anti-plastic containers, they are a wasteful pain. Just say you have leftover soup, if you put it in Tupperware you have to put it in something else to heat it up, doubling your washing and mess. If you store the leftover in a pyrex container with a lid, you can go right from fridge to microwave, minimum cleanup.

Another common error is that lemon juice=lemon flavor, nope, lemon zest=lemon flavor. Use a zester, keeps the pith out, easy to get the zest in seconds.


hungryone
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you store the leftover in a pyrex container with a lid, you can go right from fridge to microwave, minimum cleanup.

Yes--I'm a 100% convert to glass storage containers. No weird smells, leftover stains, or warping in the microwave.


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Stadium Rat
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I never understood doing it any other way.


andouille
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That's the way I've always done it, safe, quick, easy. People are amazed at how quickly I get it done, like I'm some magic onion whisperer, I have no idea what the hell they are doing.


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yatesdog38
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re: Kitchen Tricks That Make Life Easier
or you can buy some metal bear claws like these or the ones made for shredding pork

Image: https://i.imgur.com/MedBsRT.jpg


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