As much as we enjoy cooking, we’re also all for anything that makes the process of getting dinner on the table a little easier.
Which is why, ever since we stumbled on the book The Best Kitchen Quick Tips, by the editors of Cooks Illustrated magazine years ago, it’s held a perennial place on our counter top. The book is so full of ingeniously simple, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that fixes to common cooking and cleaning quandaries that by the time we were done reading it the first time, we had so many tricks up our sleeves we felt like kitchen superheros.
To supplement a big weekend of kitchen events on launching on Joss & Main (The Organized Kitchen on Saturday, February 1, and The Heart of the Home and The French Kitchen, both on Sunday, February 2), we thought we’d share a few of our favorite tips from the book. Prepare to be amazed.
To dry wine glasses faster: Set up square-sided chopsticks parallel to each other, about one-and-a-half to two inches apart. Rest wine glasses upside down on the chopsticks. This allows air to circulate into the glasses, drying them quicker. (Just make sure to set the chopsticks up on a safe spot on the counter!)
To cut a pizza: Use kitchen shears. They easily cut through pizza crust without dragging the melted cheese (like cutting with a knife can do) or denting the the pan underneath (like a pizza wheel can do).
To secure a bowl while using a hand mixer: Twist a damp towel to form a circle slightly larger than the bottom of the bowl. Then, place the bowl in the center of the circle. This will prevent the bowl from moving, so you can mix with one hand, and add ingredients with the other.
*All ideas used with permission from The Best Kitchen Quick Tips: 834 Tricks, Techniques and Shortcuts for the Curious Cook, by the editors of Cooks Illustrated.