Place bananas in a brown paper bag to speed up the ripening process.
Bananas emit ethylene gas (C2H4), which acts as a hormone that processes sugars, allowing them to soften and undergo color changes. By keeping the bananas contained in a brown paper bag, you're effectively trapping the ethylene gas which circulates and allows the ripening process to be sped up. For best results, try leaving them contained overnight.
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Keep the juices from the meats and vegetables that you roast.
You can re-use this stock in other dishes or even make a gravy with it.
Wait until your chicken is cooked half-way through before coating with sauce.
The sauce won't burn the chicken and you will have a more flavorful piece of meat.
Rinse canned beans before using them.
Rinsing canned beans reduces the amount of complex sugars that can be digested which will also reduce the amount of flatulence you would experience otherwise!
Use an aluminum tray to defrost meat.
Aluminum is a heat conductor, and by placing your meat on an aluminum tray, it will defrost much quicker than on a countertop, plate, or cutting board.
Freeze liquids in ice cube trays.
You can freeze liquids such as chicken stock, wine, or even oils (e.g.: olive oil infused with garlic) in an ice cube tray. Not only can it be kept for longer than storing it in your refrigerator, you don't need to worry about measuring the portions.
Want clear ice? Boil the water before freezing.
Just make sure you let the water cool before filling the ice tray.
Put in a few grains of rice in a salt shaker to prevent the salt from clumping.
Wrap frozen spinach in a clean towel before using it in a dish.
Put a small bunch of spinach in the towel and squeeze. Afterwards, soak the towel in a bleach water solution and wring it out to remove any potential staining.
To revitalize old lettuce, submerge it in a large bowl of water and put it in the fridge.
This will allow the leaves to soak up the water and the entire bunch should perk up. For best results leave it in the fridge for a day.
Add vinegar to your hard boiled eggs to make the shells easier to peel.
Eggshells are made of calcium carbonate. Vinegar will dissolve and soften some of the shell which makes it easier to peel those stubborn hard boiled eggs.