When it comes to easy and delicious meals, Rachael Ray is your girl. She came to fame with her show 30 Minute Meals on the Food Network, and since then has become a celebrity personality and voice for busy families who want quick and wholesome food on the fly! Rachael Ray undoubtedly had picked up a few tips around the kitchen to speed up the cooking process, and we’ve collected her top 5 favorite tricks of the trade! Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!
Level Dry Ingredients Over Parchment Paper
Most of us who have been around the kitchen a time or two know that you should level your dry ingredients. This simply means you should fill the measuring cup to overflowing and then use a knife or a flat edge of some sort to scrape the excess off. This will give you a more exact measurement. This tip suggests leveling your dry ingredients over some parchment paper. This will not only protect your counter top from getting flour or sugar all over it, but it will also provide a way for you to save all of the leftovers and put them back into the container.
Grate Butter To Make It Room Temperature
This is our favorite tip on the list! A lot of recipes call for room temperature butter – but who has that? Most of us keep our butter in the fridge and if you’re anything like us, you’re too impatient to wait for it to warm up to room temperature (or you don’t remember to set it out a few hours before you start baking) so you end up melting it the microwave. No more! Take your cold butter to the cheese grater and go to town. With the butter now in smaller pieces, it’ll warm up almost instantly. Plus, with the smaller pieces, you’ll be able to easily incorporate it into the batter.