These cooking ideas will help you whip up your grandma’s favorite recipes in no time
Nothing is better than your abuelita’s cooking. It’s the attention she gives to each ingredient that makes her food taste so good, right? Well, we live in different times. And while you may love cooking for your family, you just don’t have the time - or the desire - to spend hours in the kitchen. That’s why we have these cooking recipe ideas to speed up grandma’s recipes without having to sacrifice flavor. You can even teach her a trick or two… you never know; they may become a new family tradition
1. Shred chicken super fast
OK, so grandma uses the time it takes to shred a chicken to catch up and get all the details of your life. But now you’ll have to take her out for coffee, to “catch-up” because we have a trick that will have you shredding chicken in seconds. Put a hot, boneless chicken breast inside the mixing bowl of a blender of a blender. Turn the hand mixer on at low speed and the chicken will begin to break up. In just under a minute, you’ll have shredded chicken prepped for a Chicken & Roasted Vegetable Tortilla Soup with the authentic taste of Knorr® Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Flavor. That’s one ingredient your grandmother taught you to use that you won’t ever give up.
2. Supervision-Free beans
Add dry whole beans in a slow cooker and cover with water and seasoning, Just like you would in a traditional pot. The difference? As soon as you turn on the slow cooker, you don’t have to worry about having to check the beans every 10 minutes, wondering if they’re ready. Let them cook all morning and they’ll be done by lunchtime, or leave them overnight at low temperature and you’ll wake up to a fresh pot of beans that are just as delicious as grandma’s. She’ll probably think you spent all day in the kitchen.
3. No-fuss corn kernel removal
Show your grandma that the Bundt cake pan you inherited from her has more than one use. Hold the corn vertically in the center of the pan, this not only balances the cob, it also easily catches all the kernels as you remove them. Voila! No more kernels flying all over your kitchen.
4. Peel peppers in a snap
You have to admit, roasted peppers peeled by hand have a uniquely tasty flavor. Too bad preparing them is so time consuming. But this cooking tip will help shorten the time you spend peeling. After roasting, put the chiles in a plastic bag, close the bag tight and let it rest for a few minutes. This makes the pepper easily “sweat” off its skin. Once you peel peppers this way, you’ll never do it the old-fashioned way again. Now invite abuelita over to enjoy a Poblano Rice Gratin with the authentic taste of Knorr® Chicken flavor Bouillon that she loves so much.
5. Warm tortillas in seconds (literally)
Heat up your tortillas without having to wait for the comal to warm up. Whaaaaaaat? Really, it can happen! Grab a few tortillas, put them in the microwave for 30 seconds, and done. They’ll come out so hot that your grandmother will think you’ve finally conquered that childhood fear of comal-burned fingers. Now you can teach her this trick. And if you need tostadas to make Chipotle Chicken & Mango Tostadas, make those in the microwave, too. Just keep the tortillas in a bit longer, maybe 45 seconds on each side. Remember, each microwave is different so times may vary.
Now check out these tips so that you’re always ready for a spontaneous family gathering.