Rise and shine, it’s another start of the day, depending on where you are your day may start off with roosters crowing, horns blaring, birds chirping or kids jumping up and down your bed. Whether you’re a morning person who is just happy to feel the warm sun on your face or whether you’re not and you just want to get this over with so you can get to work, the one thing that is worth looking forward to is breakfast.
Yes, breakfast, the meal your parents always told you was the most important meal of the day, although in your later years you probably formulated that it was a conspiracy to encourage you to get up earlier, go off to school and get you out of their hair. But seriously now, who doesn’t love breakfast? With a varied mix of coffee aromas, sizzling bacon on a griddle and the sweet scent of pancakes it really makes a difference to start off your day with this great meal experience. Oftentimes though, the key to a quality breakfast is in the preparation and this takes time, some of us are a little scarce on this resource.
So how do you marry the concept of a great breakfast in efficient time? Well, these life hacks that are breakfast related can certainly help you whip up a great breakfast and shorten the time in preparing it.
Line up the ingredients the night before
It may sound so basic it doesn’t seem like a hack but it believe us when we say this step is a guaranteed time saver the next day. When you’re preparing for dinner, take the time to chop up the ingredients to your omelet for the following day. Mix up the pancake mix and place it in a sealed container in the fridge, ready to pour it the next day.
Take the bacon out of the freezer and put it a level down in the fridge so it takes less time to thaw it the next day. As every master chef in the world has done to attain their legendary Michelin star status, setting up and preparing what can be done before should be done to give you the ability to concentrate on the things that need to be done freshly like the actual cooking.
Cook your omelet in a Ziploc bag
When you’ve tried this way of cooking an omelet, you’ll never want to do the traditional way of flipping it on a frying pan ever again. This is a fairly simple procedure that produces great results and allows you to mass-produce and cook all the omelet needs of the household in one go. Simply crack open 2 eggs in a Ziploc bag. Seal it, squeeze it and shake it to substitute whisking the eggs, then just simply put the ingredients that you chopped up the night before into the bag.
Put in some bell peppers to create that Denver Omelet experience, throw in some tomatoes, onions, place as much cheese as you want and add some proteins like chopped ham or maybe some Italian sausage to spice it up. Don’t forget to season it with some salt and pepper then seal the bag up. Then finally just put it into a pot with boiling water and let it cook for about 18 minutes. What makes this life hack an essential time-saver is the fact that you can let it sit in the boiling pot with minimal intervention for the 18 minutes. Another advantage is you can cook several omelet bags at once in the same pot of boiling water.
Cooking 8 fully customized omelets in 18 minutes with minimal interaction is a boon that allows you to concentrate on other breakfast activities. Oh, just don’t forget to label which omelet belongs to who so everyone becomes happy. The result after 18 minutes is a perfectly shaped omelet that is both visually appealing and deliciously tasty.
Put the pancake batter in a squeeze dispenser
Remember when we talked about preparing the ingredients the night before? Well, here’s another enhancement to that earlier hack. After whipping up the pancake batter the night before, store it in a squeeze dispenser. An old ketchup dispenser should do nicely, so before you throw away that empty dispenser, keep this in mind and clean it thoroughly because the benefits of using this for pancakes is simply astounding.
Not only does it keep your pancake batter in a nicely tucked sealed package in the fridge it also makes it such a joy to squeeze it onto the pan. You can even experiment with different shapes using the squeeze dispenser and also the more firmly mixed batter is more likely to retain its shape ensuring you have those nice round pancakes instead of an amoeba-shaped one.
I can show you how to nail the perfect stove top bacon every single time with this hack
Bacon is arguably the crowning glory of any breakfast feast. Sausage pundits and ham warriors can object all they want, but let’s face it, people just love bacon. They can’t get enough of it. Who wouldn’t love this finely crafted piece of meat? Cured in glory and sliced thinly to perfection seemingly by the swords of the meat gods themselves, bacon is just one of the greatest things humanity has ever chanced upon.
Now that we’ve established bacon as the king of the breakfast meats, let’s talk how to cook bacon. Many would agree that stove top cooked bacon is the way to go. It brings back so many nostalgic memories, it creates that enamoring aroma that wafts through the entire kitchen and it brings out the flavor that brings a tear to your eye. However, in the interest of this article’s objective of a more efficient way of cooking, stove top bacon carries some problems.
First of all, it has the tendency to splatter all over your kitchen, leading to a longer time to clean up the place. Secondly, it takes a lot of focus and intervention to get it right. You have to cook bacon the right way. All the time. You just cannot waste bacon; every single slice is that sacred. Well, this hack is guaranteed to minimize the mess that frying on a stove top creates and makes it easier to achieve a consistently fried strip of bacon.
After laying out your bacon on a cold pan simply add some water to the pan. Put just enough water to slightly submerge the bacon strips. Before any of you cry out in blasphemy and think we are wasting away bacon’s precious flavors don’t worry, we have a perfectly good explanation for doing this. By putting the heat on high with the water, it will bring the water to a boil and help render down the fat of the bacon. This helps the fat cook more thoroughly so it will result in a more evenly cooked strip once the frying begins.
Once the water is boiling, put down the heat to medium-high and wait for the water to evaporate. After about 3 minutes you should start hearing that glorious sizzle, then lower the heat one more notch to medium. The bacon should be able to cook through in about 2-3 minutes, make sure to flip it halfway. The end result is bacon that is crispy yet not crumbly, tender and not burned.
Cleaning up that grease can be easy
Now another disadvantage of stove top bacon and frying other meats is cleaning up those pans, skillets or pots. Grease has a tendency of really sticking and it is often difficult to remove the greasy after smell and gunk that follows it.
If you’re cooking something with cheese, another essential ingredient in a good breakfast, it also has a tendency to overstay its welcome and become quite attached to Mr. Pan. Before you throw in those pans into the dishwasher and just pray and hope for the best, there is another hack that utilizes one of the most versatile kitchen ingredients. After you’ve used the pan and it has cooled down simply drizzle baking soda on it.
Make sure the baking soda is concentrated on areas with grease on it. After laying it on the pan in a manner that’s enough to turn the black into white here’s another neat science experiment trick. Pour some vinegar on to the baking soda. You’ll see the reaction that comes with it, the pan starts to bubble and fizz but don’t panic, we are not about to put a hole into your pan, this is just a natural reaction of the two solutions.
Pour a little water on to the pan and leave it to stand for a few hours. When you come back you’ll see the bits and pieces of the grease now floating in the liquid on the pan. You can now easily pour it off, rinse the pan a little and the remaining grease just comes off with no resistance at all. This technique saves you a ton of time and energy from scrubbing the grease away from your precious pans.
These are just some of the life hacks that can help you accomplish a great start of your day by giving you a well-prepared, delicious breakfast. Try these techniques and see your family light up, wake up earlier and in a better mood as they anticipate another great breakfast moment.