When you’re first starting out, baking might seem a bit complicated. However, as soon as you get going, you’ll begin to slowly realize how easy everything is, especially if you know a few hacks that can help save you time. Here are a few kitchen hacks that’ll help make baking as easy as pie.
Bring eggs to room temperature by putting them in warm water
Eggs from the fridge will be much easier to break or work with if you bring them to room temperature. You don’t have to remove your eggs and give them about half an hour to warm up – You can just heat some water and place the eggs in the warm water for a few minutes.
Use a hot knife to cut cakes
Sharp knives cut the best, no doubt. However, heating the knife up a bit will help make it an even better bake cutter. Just like with the eggs above, heat some water on the stove and then place your knife in this pot for a couple of seconds. Let it dry before using it to cut your cakes. You’ll get neater cuts with a hot knife.
Cut cakes using dental floss
If you don’t like cakes that have uneven cuts, there’s a dental floss hack you can use to ensure this doesn’t happen to you. Unfortunately, this hack can only be used on cakes that have a soft texture, like a cheesecake. Just pull the floss from both sides and then push down. Cutting the cake like this will give you much neater cuts.
Remove broken eggshells
Sometimes, a broken shell will get loose and find its way into your bowl when cracking some eggs. This can prove very irritating because removing a broken eggshell with a fork or by hand can be pretty difficult at times. Don’t fret, though. There’s a hack you can use that’ll help make things a lot easier. Fragments will stick on the shell’s texture, so you can use the egg’s shell itself to remove the broken pieces.
Moisten brown sugar using apples
You’ve probably gone through this before. You reach out for your brown sugar and find it is hard as rocks. All you need to do is add a couple of apple slices into the container and let them sit in there for a few hours. This should moisten the brown sugar enough so that you can use it to bake.
Use Jello to flavour and colour frosting
Did you know that you don’t necessarily have to add food colouring to get that icing colour you’re looking for? A few spoons of your best Jello colours/flavours will help you add some flavour and fun to your baking.
Replace a piping bag with a Ziploc bag
Even the best bakers in the world run out of piping bags from time to time. So don’t worry when this happens to you. This shouldn’t stop you from baking. Just get a Ziploc bag and then snip off a bit of the top. You can still place a piping tip at the top and then go ahead with your piping.
Wet your hands to handle sticky ingredients
Sticky cake ingredients, like caramel, honey, and sugar, can cause many problems when you’re baking, especially when they start sticking onto the equipment and your hands. If you want to avoid this, wet your hands before you handle any sticky ingredients. This will help make sticky items easier to hold.
These hacks will help ensure you have a good overall baking experience.