Bachelor’s Cooking Hacks!

For most men, and some women, cooking is not a forte if they cook at all. So if you’re a bachelor/bachelorette and you’re clueless about how to navigate the kitchen, here are some cooking hacks to help you out!

bachelor's cooking hacks

Non-Greasy French Fries

When most people think of good fries they think of fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside without any of the excess oil. But when it comes to homemade fries not everyone knows how to get rid of the excess oil. All you need is a clean sheet of paper or two placed in the bowl or plate you’ll be putting the fries in before to place the fries in the plate or bowl. Once you place the fries in a bowl or plate, the paper absorbs all the excess oil leaving you with just the crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside delicious french fries.

Tip: To make sure your fries are well-done wait for them to start floating in the oil then let them brown a little. Try adding granted cheese and fried bacon on top of the fries while they’re still hot and you’re in for a great tasty experience!

Non-Greasy Boerewors/ Sausages

If you’re in the mood for boerewors or a boerewors roll but going to a braai or hosting a braai is not an option, no problem, fry yourself one without any hassle. Naturally boerewors has a lot of oil contained in it already but this is not always evident when it is still raw. Instead of adding more oil to fry your boerewors, add a little water in your pot or pan, make multiple pokes/pricks on the boerewors with a fork and place on the stove at an intermediate temperate. The more the boerewors boils/simmers, the more oil oozes out of it. That is the oil you use to fry your boerewors, you’ll notice it is a lot.

Tip: To make sure your boerewors is well-done, fry it at an intermediate temperate and wait for it to brown. If you’re making a boerewors roll, add a little butter on a warm roll/bun before you add the boerewors and desired sauces, this enhances the taste and freshness.

Perfect Plate Of Noodles

You wouldn’t really be a bachelor/bachelorette if you didn’t have that one night you are too lazy to cook or too broke to buy take-out and have to settle for two-minute noodles. Don’t worry, we all go through it. Now because two-minute noodles are seemingly easy to make, not many people really think of how to make a perfect plate that makes the eating experience more worthwhile. First you boil water, place noodles in a bowl, add the flavour, add the boiled water then mix. Leave the noodles to simmer for one to two minutes and only then microwave them for two minutes. Once done, mix the noodles again and leave to simmer for 30 seconds to a minute.

Tip: Make your noodles more exciting by adding chopped olives and pepper-dews or add some steamed sweet-corn kernels, peas and chopped carrots – try McCains mixed veggies. Place on a plate with a green salad and you have yourself a decent looking dinner!

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Boiling eggs is suppose to be easy right? Well, sometimes they crack and make a mess or they aren’t actually hard so the yolk and white still breathes, eek! To avoid this, use a tack to poke a very small hole in the egg before boiling, add 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda for every three cups of water then place eggs to boil at a fairly high temperature. After the eggs have boiled, let them simmer for a 30 seconds to a minute, then soak them in ice water. The shell should peel off the ease and once cut open, the eggs shouldn’t have the greenish-grey sulphur ring around the yolk.

Tip: Make sure your eggs are boiled enough by measuring the level of the water. If your eggs are completely submerged in the water, let them boil until the water level is halfway the width of the eggs or until the water level is a 1/4 to just under a 1/3 of the original water level.

Cook Days Ahead

As a bachelor/bachelorette cooking every single night can be annoying or tasking if cooking isn’t exactly your favourite thing. Or maybe you simply don’t have the time to cook every single night. Take some time out on Sunday afternoon or evening to cook food in bulk for days or a week ahead. You can make a large portion of a same meal and store it in smaller portions then just heat it up when desired. You can also get fun ideas on a variety of meals to cook ahead and store, visit this website for some ideas.

Tip: Cooking requires patience in general if you care about how good the food you eat tastes. Though cooking days ahead is time efficient you might get bored of eating the same meal the whole week. Try cooking two to three days ahead max, then reserve your Sundays and perhaps Thursdays to do the actual cooking.

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By Cleopatra Shava

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