Category: Chef Hacks

Seven Quick Coffee Hacks

In this installation of chef hacks, we’re talking coffee.


Foam milk without a fancy espresso machine by filling a jar halfway with a little milk and shaking the heck out of it until the milk doubles in size. Then pop off the jar lid and microwave the milk for 30 seconds.

Coffee Time

Brew coffee without a coffee maker by boiling the coffee in a pot of water and ladling the coffee into a cup. Continue reading

Love Your Produce with These Chef Hacks

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we bring you chef hacks for our most beloved ingredients–produce. Treat them right with these storage and cooking tips.

Slow Tomato Rot

Store tomatoes upside down with the stem end facing downward. This prevents air from entering through the thin stem layer and keeps the moisture inside the tomato.

Carving Pumpkins?

Remove the seeds using an ice cream scoop instead of your hands or a spoon. The edges of the scoop are sharp and can cut through the inside flesh easier.

Smelly Hands

Neutralize the garlic or onion smell from your hands by rubbing them with lemon juice, baking soda, or stainless steel. Continue reading

10 Chef Hacks for Rescuing Food

Much of our time here in the FDR kitchen focuses on problem-solving. We specialize in workarounds, which is why we’ve started this new blog post series on chef hacks. Last time, we gave you holiday chef hacks. Today, we focus on rescuing food from a stale demise.

Browned Guac

To prevent guacamole from turning brown, cover the top with a thin layer of water.

Revive Butter

To revive over-softened butter, place it in a small bowl. Place that small bowl in a larger bowl filled with cold water and ice. Continue reading

Holiday Chef Hacks

Who would we be if we didn’t share our best kitchen hacks to help you with all the holiday cooking you’re doing? In this list of professional cooking tips, we give you some of our best.

Grate Scott!

Use a cheese grater to grate nutmeg.

Yolk and White

Separate the egg yolk and white with ease by using an empty plastic water bottle. Squeeze the bottle over the cracked egg, and then release. When the bottle re-inflates with air, it will take the yolk with it. Continue reading