30+ Unusual Cooking Tricks Even Pros Don’t Know

For most people, cooking is a tedious task,
and cooking well seems undoable and intimidating. But that’s only unless you know several cooking
tricks that can turn you into a real foodie! Some of these tricks may seem bizarre or downright
crazy at first, but once you try them, you won’t believe you used to prepare your meals
without them! 1. Bury egg yolks in a mixture of sugar and salt
and leave it all in the fridge for a couple of days. After that, pop the yolks in the oven where
they’ll dry. As a result, you’ll get firm egg yolks which
can be grated like Parmesan cheese to add mouthwatering flavor and a pop of bright color
to your pastas or salads. 2. While making scrambled eggs, add some milk
and cornstarch mixture to the eggs and whisk everything until smooth. Cornstarch will protect the eggs from turning
rubbery and getting overcooked. 3. To caramelize meat, first melt several tablespoons
of sugar and some butter in a frying pan. Only after the sugar melts completely, add
the meat. 4. Forget about “blond” pasta! Try toasting your grains in a pan with oil
before cooking them. It’ll make the pasta golden and nutty and
add some exquisite flavor. 5. You can make potato chips easily, fast, and,
more importantly, on your own, with the help of a microwave. Slice several potatoes really, really thin,
soak the pieces in cold water to remove the starch, and lay them out on a paper towel. You can sprinkle the slices with a pinch of
sea salt or chili powder before you put them inside. Microwave your chips for about 6 minutes. 6. If you add a spoonful of peanut butter or
sweet mustard to your sauces and stews, they’ll have a richer taste. 7. It turns out there’s a shortcut to poached
eggs! Just pour some water into a pan with fried
eggs, cover it with the lid, and let your meal cook for a couple more minutes. The result will be almost the same as when
you poach eggs. 8. By adding corn flour or nacho chips to chili,
you can thicken its texture. 9. If you want to make onions less harsh, keep
them in cold water before cooking. It’ll help to neutralize the sulfur compounds
which give onions their bitter taste and sharp odor. 10. To make meat more tender, rub it with baking
soda and leave it in the fridge for 4 to 5 hours. After that, remove all the soda by rinsing
the meat and cook as usual. 11. Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to freshly-brewed
iced tea, and it won’t taste bitter. 12. Instead of wasting your time and nerves trying
to peel a boiled egg, just cut it in half and spoon the insides out of the shell. 13. Use a squeeze bottle to make pancakes. This way, you’ll avoid dripping batter all
over the kitchen, and the shape of your pancakes will satisfy any perfectionist. 14. To avoid wasting tons of time on peeling garlic,
put a bulb on the counter and lightly hit the heel of your hand against the top of the
bulb. After the cloves separate, place them in a
bowl. Then cover the bowl with a lid or another
bowl turned upside down. Vigorously shake it for about 15 seconds. While slamming against the sides of the bowl
and each other, the cloves will separate from their skins. 15. Before making a hot sandwich, warm the cheese
and the butter to room temperature (which is 68 to 72 degrees F). This way, it’ll be easier to spread the
butter, and the cheese won’t dry out during cooking. 16. It turns out you don’t have to sit there for
hours, peeling spuds (should I mention that they’re hot?) for your mashed potatoes! Instead, right after boiling them, put them
in a bowl with ice-cold water for a couple of seconds. When you take them out, all you need to do
is to grab a potato with your hands, twist the skin, and pull it apart. It’ll slide right off! 17. Add breadcrumbs to your burgers before cooking
– and you’ll save them from crumbling apart when they’re on the grill. 18. To roast meat properly, first rinse it under
running water, then dry it, and only after that, salt it. In this case, during cooking, the salt won’t
dissipate and will draw the juices to the surface of the meat. On top of that, the top layer will turn out
way crispier. 19. Use broth instead of water while preparing
rice and other hot grains. This way, your dish will have a richer flavor. 20. If you have a waffle iron in your kitchen,
you can make delicious bacon without any effort. Just lay the bacon on the medium-hot waffle
iron and close the lid. Wait for two and a half to five minutes, depending
on how crisp you like your bacon, and transfer the treat to a plate lined with paper towels. As for the grease left in the waffle iron,
you can leave it for another use. 21. When baking something, add a pinch of salt
to the batter. It’ll bring out the flavor of your dish. 22. Apply a thin coating of mayonnaise on fish,
meat, and other foods to prevent them from sticking to the grill. On top of that, it’ll help things to get
brown evenly. 23. While preparing a cup of coffee, add a dash
of salt to the coffeepot – it’ll help you get rid of the bitterness. Also, you can sprinkle your coffee with cinnamon
– it’ll emphasize the flavor of the drink. 24. If you’re under the impression that you have
to bake cookies right after you’ve made the dough, I’ll try to make you reconsider this
approach. In fact, when you let the dough rest in the
fridge for 24 to 36 hours, the dry ingredients have more time to soak up the wet ones. As a result, your cookies have a better texture. That is, if they ever make it to the oven. You know what I mean. 25. Not all hotels have the luxury of a microwave,
and it might turn into a problem if you crave some leftover pizza in the morning. Really. But here’s the trick! All you’ll need is an iron and a hairdryer. Switch on the iron, turn it over, and put
a slice of pizza on its sole plate. While the iron is heating up the crust of
your pizza, use the hairdryer to blow hot air on the toppings. Yeah it sounds crazy to me too. On the other hand, when I think about all
the disgusting things that are bound to live on the surface of that iron, I’m not sure
I want pizza that much… 26. Roast your white chocolate (but I mean REAL
white chocolate) and get some nutty golden goodness with a heavenly smell! Just take a sheet pan, cover it with some
baking paper, and put your white chocolate there. Then, pop all this into a hot oven and get
ready to enjoy the result. Oh, and remember to give the stuff a few stirs
while it’s cooking. 27. When you cook meat, use sea salt instead of
table salt. Unlike sea salt, the table salt doesn’t strip
the meat of the smell of blood. Boy you had me right there until the end. It’s a salad for me tonight. 28. You can toast white sugar to give it a light
caramel flavor before using it in your favorite recipes. 29. To make the meat softer, marinate it in a
mixture of corn starch and egg whites. 30. Toss cumin or black pepper in a medium-heated
pan to enhance their taste and extract natural flavor. Toast these spices until they get fragrant. After that, use a mortar and pestle to grind
them. 31. To prevent hot milk from splashing when you’re
preparing mashed potatoes, smash them a bit in the pan first and only after that, pour
the milk. 32. If you add a pinch of sugar to a dish that
contains tomato paste or fresh or canned tomatoes, it’ll help to reduce the bitterness, and
your food will taste more delicious. 33. To make your dough airy and light, take the
eggs and butter out of the fridge the night before cooking to warm these ingredients to
room temperature. 34. Your chicken broth will remain crystal clear
if you cook it without a cover on low heat for about 3 hours. Remove all the suds, and in about one and
a half hours, add some celery, parsley, onions, and carrots. 35. Before cooking vegetable cream soup, fry the
vegetables in olive oil. It’ll caramelize the sugar contained in
the vegetables, and their flavor will become more prominent. You can use the same method while cooking
a vegetable stew. 36. While baking at home, it’s often hard to make
a perfect crust, not too thick and not too pale. However, if you put a bowl of water into the
oven along with your pastry, the resulting steam will take care of this problem, and
the crust will be crispy and light. Do you know any other tricks that can make
the process of cooking faster and the results tastier? If so, let me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give
this video a like and share it with a friend. But – hey! – don’t go salting your meat
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100 thoughts on “30+ Unusual Cooking Tricks Even Pros Don’t Know

  1. One of my best tricks in pastry, or bread making is to sift the dry ingredients before combining. This gives it air, but more importantly…dissolves the clumps before mixing making a smoother more professional cake or loaf or cookie.

  2. And lastly, thoroughly brush your tongue before eating with carbonated water. There’s a gunk film just over the surface blanketing all of your taste buds dampening them. Make sure you get the roof of your mouth too. Now go enjoy foods taste to the fullest. You’re welcome ..

  3. Chefs use almost none of these. Maybe 4-5 at most. There is a reason why becoming a chef takes many of years and why cooking is difficult. These shortcuts are terrible.

  4. How to make home made chocolate syrup that supper supper sweet. If you take a bag of simie sweet chocolate chips open the bag poor it into a mocwave bowl then simie sweet condence milke (the kind that comes in a can ) open it pure it into the bowl with the chips set the mocwave for 2 min watch it to make sure it dosent over flow out of the bowl stire it with a wisk ,or a spoon (CAREFUL ITS HOT l burned myself trying to do this my frist time . So be carful ) put it back into the mocwave until creamy then pore it on your favort Icecream,or other desert. You can put the rest in your fedgerator( icebox) for later ,and take out of the fredg ,and reheat. Injoy ☺🍰🍦🍨🍧 to make it evenmore fun take a banna,and or marshmellows to the ice cream. Ps it dose get a little messy ,but oh good. I hope you injoy it how evey way you want to use the chocolate syrup.

  5. Who else doesn't even know how to cook
    Dudes I have a simple message
    Don't wait, life goes faster than you think
    If you've gone this far, have an amazing day

  6. I know no one will read this, but if a single person read this, it would make my day💙May god bless you and make all of your dreams and wishes cone true, have a great week! I work my hardest to become a big YouTuber💙I know same doesn't happen over night 💙 wish me lucl😘

  7. Love all the cooking ideas and tricks you have been sharing. Keep it coming up Bright Side, you've been helping lots of people. ☺

  8. I really like your every videos. By the way I just wanna request the admins of BRIGHT SIDE to please share a video about how to gain weight naturally and soon for a thin person to gain weight soon. Thank you

  9. 10 tips within 3 mins. YES🙄 we need more videos like this. GET STRAIGHT TO THE POINT, they be doing too much lolligagging that’s not even worth it. Videos would be shorter if they stop joking and talking. They turn a 3min video into a 10min + video🙄

    Add bright color to your salads 0:25
    Caramelize meat 0:59
    Make potato chips easily 1:23
    Make your sauces tastier 1:49
    Make onions less harsh 2:20
    Cook tender meat 2:33
    Pancakes for perfectionist 3:04
    Best mashed potatoes 3:58
    Roast meat properly 4:30
    Make delicious bacon without any effort 4:57
    Add a dash of salt to the coffeepot 5:41
    Heat up pizza using an iron 6:20
    Give white sugar a light caramel flavor 7:33
    Make the meat softer 7:43
    Make your dough airy and light 8:28
    Make your chicken broth crystal clear 8:38
    Get a perfect pastry crust 9:10

  11. I've been working as a chef for the last 16 years and I have mixed feelings (to say the least) about this video…I mean, yeah, it does have some useful information, HOWEVER, it's very superficial and often times just part of the process you actually need to do whatever you are trying to do without burning your house down. Oh, one last thing…Please, PLEASE do not add bread crumbs to your burguers…I beg you, PLEASE DON'T DO IT!

  12. Put in a bowl rice spice and whatever meat and veg and pour water to cover the rice. Put in microwave for 10 minutes. Then drain the water and eat it. 10 minute homemade microwave meal

  13. Great content again Bright Side.
    Since I know you all love these videos I created my own videos on similar topics that I Know you will love. I have a new video dropping in 2 hours- you won’t want to miss it. Thanks

  14. Please how many time I should type or how many time you need to hear please from me…
    Make a video about if I drink only milk for 2 weeks
    What will happen to my body??!

  15. You should never rinse meat.. that is a huge no no and dont eat raw cookie dough unless you like salmonella and never leave butter or eggs or any food that is parishable out at room temp for more than 4 hours. Thanks for spreading a bunch of lies Brightside and teaching people unsafe food practices.


  17. hello! i suggest you feature this topic with a video of real food, to make it more realistic for us, because this is really helpful to us especially us who knows how to cook… thanks 🙂

  18. I microwave my stacked meats and cheese for 30 seconds before grilling my sandwich. that way everything is hot and melted in the short time the bread is browning in the frying pan or grill

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