Is it the looming prospect of the weekly shop and having to lug everything back home that’s getting you down? Preparing your own meals takes time and doesn’t always look or taste like restaurant quality food. A solid block of butter that refuses to spread, instead pulling apart your bread, really can be the proverbial last straw. Or perhaps it’s a sorry serving of limply fried chicken when you were craving something far crispier… FIELDS gives you 7 hacks to make your homemade food quicker, tastier and healthier.
1. Ditch the mayo
True, mayonnaise is one of our favorite condiments, but there’s no denying that it’s hefty on the fat content. Don’t deprive yourself of condiments! For a lighter alternative, switch out the mayo for thick and creamy Greek yogurt. Packed with protein and probiotics, eating yogurt will help you stay trim and will also see your gut flora flourishing.
2. A different kind of drunken chicken
Vodka wasn’t just invented for shots and mixing James Bond’s signature vodka martini. It also stars as the key ingredient in creating deliciously crisp batter for Southern Fried Chicken! The vodka evaporates much more fiercely than water, and in bigger bubbles too, driving out moisture and leaving batter lighter, crispier and more airy – simply add 2 tablespoons for every cup of batter that you’re making.
3. Simply grate your butter!
Yes, you read that right. Chances are that you’ve experienced the downright inconvenience of tearing your slice of bread to pieces with butter that’s just too firm to spread. Here’s the trick. Simply take the butter straight from the fridge and use a grater to scatter quick-melting butter shavings on your toast or sandwich. Simple.
4. The key to eggless baking
You ran out of eggs, but you’re craving a batch of chewy brownies? Or perhaps you can’t eat eggs… Use the brine from unsalted canned chickpeas as a replacement for egg whites! Simply whip the chickpea water in an electric mixer for 10-15 minutes and use it as you would standard egg whites.
5. Keep things fresh
Keep your salad greens fresher and crisper for longer by adding a clean paper towel to the container they’re stored in – it’ll help to soak up excess moisture. If it’s already too late for your leaves, simply reinvigorate them by soaking in ice-cold water for up to 5 minutes.
6. Find your hot spot
Love steak, but hate cold spots or burnt bits? Discover a pan’s hot spots by boiling a little water in it until bubbles start to appear. Areas with a higher concentration of bubbles are the hottest. Next time you’ll be better equipped to know precisely where to cook your steak to perfection.
7. Buy online!
Grocery shopping in the 21st Century needn’t be a chore. In fact, shopping online is quick, easy and convenient, particularly when you know the products you crave are safe and good. Started back in 2009 in response to food safety scares in China, FIELDS is a popular online grocery store for safe, quality food in China. FIELDS stocks fresh, organic fruit and veg, imported and domestic meat and seafood, plus essential pantry items that remind you of home. Order before 5 PM in Shanghai and benefit from same-day delivery with free delivery for orders over 200 RMB. You’re a new customer? Great – you’ll receive a free gift with your first order!
FIELDS is celebrating its 7th Anniversary, running 1-22 April. Shop during this period and you’ll automatically be entered into a lucky draw where the top prize is a four-night stay in Taiwan! Also take advantage of cut-price deals, with some products discounted by 70%, claim free products, win prizes and much more! Click here for details.