Chef hacks are those cooking tips and tricks that experienced cooks come to know from watching mentors, teachers, and idols at work. You discover your own hacks by accident, sometimes as a result of injury, frustration, or lack of tools and ingredients. 

knives and chef hacksIn our chef hacks blog post series here on the Food & Drink Resources blog, we’ve covered everything from holiday cooking to knives…which we take a good look at today. If you’ve got your own hacks to share, head over to our Facebook page to let us know. We’re into kitchen tips and tricks like it’s our job.


When storing knives in a drawer, put a wine cork on the tip. It will keep the knife from being jostled around upon opening and prevent people from stabbing themselves on the tip accidentally.

Soft Floss

Use unscented dental floss to cut soft foods (cheeses, cakes, etc.)

Cutting Board Likes To Travel?

If you’re cutting board can’t stay still while you use it, place a damp paper towel underneath it.

Grate Scott!

Use a cheese grater to grate nutmeg.

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.

How to Cut Stone Fruits

Cut stone fruits (fruits with a large, tough seed in the middle) into two equal halves, then twist the halves in opposite directions. Then, use your thumb to pop out the pit (if you’re having trouble, use a butter knife).

Board Meet

Scrub a wooden cutting board with coarse salt then massage it with half a lemon to clean away food particles and smells. Afterward, rub the board with food-grade mineral oil to condition the wood once a month.

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