7 Kitchen Shortcuts That Will Transform How You Cook

Cook faster, easier, and cheaper meals with these smart tips from Chef Julia Collin Davison of America's Test Kitchen.

7 Kitchen Shortcuts That Will Transform How You Cook

Cooking doesn’t have to be backbreaking, complicated, or expensive. With the right know-how, you can save time and money in the kitchen and make meals faster, easier, and cheaper. Follow these smart tips from seasoned chef Julia Collin Davison, the executive food editor of America’s Test Kitchen.

Reprinted from KITCHEN HACKS: HOW CLEVER COOKS GET THINGS DONE Copyright © 2015 by America’s Test Kitchen. Published by Cook’s Illustrated.


Crack Pepper With a Power Drill

Need to grind plenty of pepper at once? Get it fresh by using an electric driver or drill. Simply unscrew the top of your pepper mill to access the central square shaft. Make sure your driver or drill is thoroughly clean before inserting the pepper mill shaft into the chuck of your driver or drill. Start on the slowest setting to ensure you don’t overheat your mill on a high setting. Change the tension between the shaft and driver or drill to change the size of your ground pepper from fine to coarse. Use the ground pepper immediately or store for later.

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