Clever Food Prep Tricks

Cooking preparation can be very time consuming. Chopping, slicing, dicing, peeling, shredding, measuring, etc., etc. There’s a lot to do and everyone could usually use a little help.

You’re in luck – Here are a few food preparation tricks that might be able to help make you become a little more efficient and timely in the kitchen. These tips may also provide you with a little entertainment and relief from a few mundane, yet sometimes difficult, food prep tasks.

Get some visual aids by clicking the videos below for help with separating eggs, peeling bananas, peeling garlic, peeling boiled eggs and releasing pomegranate seeds. Not only minutes, but also frustrations may be shaved while doing these tasks.


Food Preparation Tricks

Easy Egg Separator

If your recipe just needs part of an egg, you can use the old standby egg separator tool, or you can wash out a water bottle and re-fashion it as an egg separator. This is especially handy when you realize you only need yolks, or whites, after cracking multiple eggs into the bowl.

If you do this, be sure to save the whites (think meringue?) or yolks (custard?) in a tightly covered container in the fridge. To be safe, use them within the next day or two.

Peel a Banana like a Monkey

You, like millions of other humans, may have been struggling with the wrong end of the banana. Instead of twisting and turning a stubborn stem, just flip the banana over and pinch like a monkey. Not only is opening easier, but you eliminate having to deal with the messy strands inside!

Peel Multiple Cloves of Garlic at Once

This one is used by restaurants, but try this if you’re making a very garlicky dish or want to plan ahead and keep some peeled garlic in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

Peel a Boiled Egg

Here’s a video that’s kind of fun to watch… but I think I would rather peel my boiled eggs before putting them near my mouth!

Here’s an easy to way to release those wonderful pomegranate seeds hiding under a pomegranate skin.


What You Can Do

If you’d rather not wash out a water bottle to separate your eggs with, you can actually purchase this cool looking tool that uses the same concept to separate your eggs.

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