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We all enjoy watching cooking shows. I’m in awe of their techniques and the beautiful meals these chefs create. Not to mention all of the kitchens are drool worthy! Most of us don’t have the time to go to culinary school to master our inner chef skills, but I’ve got some fun and simple kitchen hacks that will help you cook like a pro without the cooking school!
I’ve teamed up with my friends at Kenmore for some culinary fun, and together, we are going to take your cooking skills to the next level!
Kenmore is launching their fabulous new Pro Line, which makes any level home cook, cook like a pro! Kenmore PRO is perfect to help you up your dinner party game with confidence. You’ll prep, cook, and entertain like you went to the Cordon Bleu, not to mention you’ll be the talk of the town!
The preparation of a beautiful meal is all in the planning. If you can organize your kitchen, get some basic tools, and learn a few tricks, you’ll be serving up 5-star meals in no time. Plus, as we enter the holiday season, these eight tips will come in handy when hosting those lavish dinner and cocktail parties!
Organization – This, my friends, is key! Without knowing where everything in your kitchen is, you’re lost. Having all your tools and appliances easily accessible will save you so much time when prepping your meals. Keep your measuring tools in one drawer nearest the stove, or where you do most of your prep work, spices in a spice rack, most used appliances on the counter, etc. Clean up your workspace and have everything you need at your fingertips, available to you in a flash.
Meal Planning – This is one tip people always say changes their lives once they master it. Meal planning saves you time and money, it also keeps you from staring into your cupboards wondering what you will make for dinner then eventually ordering take out out of frustration. Coming up with a plan for what you will make during the coming week will not only help at meal time, but will help save time and money at the market.
Prep Ahead – Chopping and prepping takes up a good chunk of time when cooking. So do what you can to make your life easier, and prep what you can ahead of time. Wash and chop your veggies when you get home from grocery shopping, seal them in airtight containers, and then they are ready for any recipe!
Shortcuts – One of my all time favorite kitchen hacks is pouring vegetable broth into ice trays, you will have perfectly pre-portioned amounts for use in recipes. Each ice cube is about a tablespoon, which means you don’t have to let a carton of vegetable broth go to waste when the recipe may only call for a few tablespoons. The plus side is that you will always have some on hand! Hacks like these are great to implement for any home cook!
Sharpen your knives – A dull knife is not only dangerous, it’s wasteful. While you may not have the chef skills to slice and dice like a pro, having sharp knives will allow you to cut and chop without ruining your food. A dull knife will smash a tomato and ruin its consistency while a sharp one will give you the right slice every time.
Know your pots and pans – Learn a bit about your cookware as well as how your particular range and oven heats. Every appliance differs, knowing how quickly or slowly yours work with the pot or pan you are using will really up your game!
Invest in good quality appliances – Depending on what your forte is in the kitchen, using high quality kitchen tools and appliances make all the difference. Love smoothies? Spring for the high-end blender that will last you a lifetime. Love to bake? Get top-notch bake ware and perhaps, the Kenmore Pro 30” Electric Single Wall Oven which features Accela-Heat Technology that significantly reduces preheating, which saves you time. If you love cooking or baking, you will thank yourself when you invest in your craft!
Cooking trivia – Take some time to learn new things in the kitchen. From YouTube videos to cooking magazines, learning new techniques, methods, and terminology will help you become more confident, and perhaps even more daring when you are cooking for yourself and others.
Kenmore’s new Pro Line is terrific for everyone from the beginner cook to the accomplished chef! It’s chic, sleek, and makes cooking and baking a breeze with its performance technology and state-of-the-art features. Don’t forget to try out a few of these kitchen hacks in the upcoming months! Trust me, it will make you look like a pro in the kitchen! Be sure to follow Kenmore on all of their social media channels to see what’s new and exciting!