It can be a real kick in the butt when you hear that something you do so confidently and with affirmation, is actually something you do wrong haha! I am pretty kick ass in the kitchen, if I do say so myself!

When I was younger I wanted to grow up to be a chef, but then I learned the hours and wasn't a fan of that or the possibility of getting chunky (which is fine for a lot of people, but with my 5'2" stature, not so much!!). But even now I am constantly trying new recipes (i'm a  BIG crock pot freak), so I like to think I have some idea of what I'm doing in the kitchen, but apparently not after reading this article.

Six things that we're completely doing wrong in our kitchen. Things that are screwing up our food, and dirtying up our counter tops! So since I was in complete shock, I figured I share it with you all so this way we can all be on the same page hahah!

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1. Washing with soap/water after cutting garlic or onion - Soap and water is not going to cut it; you need a stainless steel soap bar!  It's super odd, but it works.

2. Rinsing pasta after cooking it & adding oil to the water - (this was the big shock to me...) I don't know about you, but I was always taught to add oil to my water, but i guess the oil clogs the pores in the pasta which hinders the sauce from sticking to the starch. I also know people who were taught to rinse off their pasta in the colander with cold water, but when you do this you are actually rinsing off that starch. The sauce won't stick to the noodles and the noodles will slip off your fork.

3. Melting the butter when recipe calls for softened - We all do this, right? Recipes are specific for a reason though, so an easy way to get butter to room temperature is to use this trick: Using a glass drinking cup, microwave water for 1-2 minutes. Dump out the water and then place the glass upside down over the butter than needs to be softened. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Remove the glass and the butter should be at room temperature. The warm glass should have done the trick!

4. Storing fresh herbs in a bag - Next time, take the herbs (like mint, rosemary, thyme and sage) out of the plastic bag they come in, trim the ends and then put them in a jar of water like you would fresh flowers and leave on the counter. Cilantro and parsley can be left in the refrigerator. Just take them out of the bag and wrap in a paper towel.

5. Boiling when you should shimmer and vice versa - There's a difference between boiling water and bringing water to a simmer and if you don't know the difference then you are not alone. Simmering water has almost no bubbles breaking the surface where boiling water has bubbles breaking the surface constantly.

6. Refrigerating food that doesn't need to be - This can actually make food go bad quick. Quick list of foods that shouldn't be refrigerated: potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, honey, bread, avocados, bananas, oranges, basil, melons, oil, and coffee!

I'm sorry if this was a complete shock for you guys, but after being surprised myself I had to inform my Wild 104 family !!!

 

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