We love a good food hack here at FDL headquarters. Any excuse to get a kitchen job done more efficiently with the bonus of saving on time or money are always welcome.
While there are many tried and tested cooking hacks that have stood the test of time, like how to test for egg freshness, there are always some new or useful ones to add to your arsenal.
With that in mind we've collected 10 of our favourite guides to cooking hacks that cover everything from cleaning and cooking tips to how to make your fresh produce last longer and how to quickly cool down a bottle of wine.
Where better place to start than with this comprehensive guide of 50 cooking hacks. Take a look at the ideas below, that range from how to remove the smell of garlic from your hands to how a carefully placed wooden spoon prevents a boiling pan of water from boiling over. See how many you already knew about.
Becoming really at home in the kitchen requires a little inside knowledge and some nifty techniques to get some of those tedious tasks done quicker. Here are a small selection of 20 useful ones, from how to shred chicken in a mixer and why you should be using white wine vinegar in your microwave.
Always wanted to master chopping your veg with precision? Here's a video hack that'll have you achieving just that – as long as you have a hair pick and a sharp knife you'll be able to achieve uniform chopping.
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.