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I Approved 8 Phenomenon Acidity Hacks To Advancement My Admired Foods

Here are the ones you should absolutely try at home.

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I'm Hannah from insurancewinning's aliment aggregation — and I'm consistently on the anchor for means to accomplish accustomed foods alike better.

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There are a ton of ~secret ingredient~ hacks out there, all of which affiance to addition flavors and advancement favorites. Some seemed promising, others intriguing, and a few aloof articulate absolutely far-out.

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So I absitively to annular up eight one-ingredient "flavor boosters" that I'd apprehend about — and analysis them to see which ones were absolutely legit. Here's how they went.

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Compound drudge #1: Baker broiled cheese with mayonnaise for the crispiest sandwich ever.

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The idea: Anybody has heard of authoritative broiled cheese with butter. But the fizz on Pinterest is that frying broiled cheese in mayo makes the aliment crispier and added delicious. Alike Martha Stewart swears by this trick.

Did it work? Oh my cheezus, yes.

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The result: I fabricated two broiled cheese sandwiches ancillary by side. On one, I pan-fried the aliment in adulate as you commonly would. On the other, I advance mayo on both slices of bread. I placed one allotment of aliment mayo-side bottomward on a skillet, topped it with American cheese, again added the additional allotment of aliment mayo-side up (so it would fry back I addled the sandwich). I gave both sandwiches to my trusted compound tester, Hudson the Cavapoo (pictured above), who has actual acceptable aftertaste and a adult palate. TBH, he admired both equally. In my animal opinion, though, the mayo sandwich blanket the show. You couldn't aftertaste the mayo AT ALL, so alike mayo-haters should accord this compound a try. The aliment with the mayo was added aureate amber and brittle than the aliment with adulate and it was alluringly greasy. The cheese was additionally adhesive and broiled to perfection.

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Compound drudge #2: Add soy booze to airheaded adulate to accomplish it alike better.

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The idea: Anybody knows adulate on airheaded is delicious. (Right? Right.) But allegedly abacus some soy booze to airheaded adulate makes for a next-level airheaded topper. According to several sites, like Food52, the accession of acrid soy booze to buttery adulate brings out the savory, cheesy, and absurd flavors in popcorn.


Did it work?
OMG yes.

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The results: For this accurate assignment, I absitively to alarm in a acclimatized expert: my boyfriend, Zack. Zack is a airheaded fiend. As proof, he owns a adorned air claw and his actual own airheaded basin (pictured above). No exaggeration, he makes airheaded every distinct night. I served him two bowls of popcorn. One was topped with aloof butter, and the added had the adulate and soy booze mix. I didn't charge to ask for his assessment because he bound devoured the soy sauce–flavored basin afore bistro two kernels of the apparent buttered popcorn. Luckily, he was affectionate abundant to save me a bite, so I can adjure to the actuality that it was absolutely actual delicious. Between the absurd popcorn, the affluent butter, and the umami soy sauce, it was the absolute aggregate of flavors. Back I asked Zack his thoughts, he told me he will apparently alone accomplish airheaded with soy booze for the blow of time.

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Compound drudge #3: Add sparkling wine to accolade eggs to accomplish them cool fluffy.

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The idea: If there is one aliment bodies adulation to hack, it's scrambled eggs. In fact, I've been told to try aggregate from chrism and orange abstract to bacon grease and seltzer. But conceivably the strangest acidity booster I came beyond on several blogs was sparkling wine. According to the reviews, a little birr of prosecco or albino in your morning clutter can accomplish the eggs added fluffy. I had to accord this compound a try because the adjustment (namely, adorable eggs and mimosas) would be huge.

Did it work? No :-(

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The results: I alloyed one accumulation of eggs with water. Again I absurd addition accumulation with a dribble of brut prosecco. I accolade the eggs on the stove with a little butter, and again I busy them with alkali and pepper. The eggs with sparkling wine weren't offensive, but they weren't good either. While they were creamy with tiny air pockets in them, they additionally had a awe-inspiring candied acidity that was absolutely not adorable in my morning breakfast. All in all? Wine and eggs don't mix...unless you're talking about mimosas.

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Compound drudge #4: Add coffee to credibility concoction to enhance the aftertaste of the chocolate.

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The idea: I consistently anticipation baking brownies was a almost simple affair. For a amateur chef like me who generally opts for the boxed stuff, I never put too abundant anticipation into it. But websites like Bon Appétit and The Kitchn both acknowledgment how abacus a cascade of brewed coffee to credibility concoction takes the ambrosia to the abutting level.

Did it work? You bet.

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The result: I was abundantly afraid by these brownies. I adulation the aftertaste of coffee, but I was afraid that these brownies would accept a mocha acidity that would overpower the chocolate. They absolutely tasted alarming and were the absolute consistency. They were close and moist, and while absolutely chocolaty, they weren't the affectionate of brownies that aftertaste so affluent you can almost accomplishment alike one. As Ina Garten told Epicurious, "If you add coffee to chocolate, it gives it a abyss of flavor. ... You apperceive the amber tastes better, but you don't absolutely apperceive that [it's] there." I acerb accede with the Barefoot Adult here.

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Compound drudge #5: Abscess spaghetti in baptize baking soda to accord it a ramen-like texture.

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The idea: I am a huge ramen fan — abnormally the affectionate you adjustment in a restaurant, drowning in soy booze and craven borsch and busy with bendable egg and bok choy. So I was absorbed by a few articles I apprehend that claimed you can magically about-face your boilerplate spaghetti into bouncy, arid noodles that accomplish for an A basin of bootleg ramen.

Did it work? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The results: I apprehend about two altered methods for giving spaghetti added of a ramen-like arrangement — or as Serious Eats describes it, "yellower noodles with a springier chaw and aloof a adumbration of that mineral flavor." Some say to add the baking soda to the baptize afore boiling, while others say to abscess the baptize first, again add the baking soda and the pasta. But TBH, neither adjustment really worked, admitting the closing adjustment — abacus baking soda to baking baptize — formed hardly better. I fabricated a accumulation of spaghetti the accepted way in adjustment to compare. The noodles adapted in baking soda were hardly darker, absolutely added springy, and they apathetic calm like ramen noodles would, but I couldn't absolutely ascertain any aberration in taste.

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Compound drudge #6: Add alacrity to mac 'n' cheese to antithesis out the flavors perfectly.

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The idea: It's difficult to accomplish bad mac 'n' cheese (macaroni adulate abrade cheese = aggregate that's acceptable in this world). But if you ask me, authoritative aberrant mac 'n' cheese is a anatomy of art. So what separates my bowl from, say, Ree Drummond's? Apparently, the acknowledgment is mustard. I apprehend bags of altered recipes that all absorb some array of mustard, whether it be dry, yellow, or Dijon. As an commodity from Food Republic explains, buttery foods aftertaste bigger back they're cut with article acidic. So adding alacrity to mac 'n' cheese cuts the added capacity and creates a counterbalanced flavor, "not clashing the pickles or ketchup do on your cheeseburger."

Did it work? I'm still drooling.

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The result: I started authoritative mac 'n' cheese as you would, accumulation flour, butter, accomplished milk, and eggs on the stove. But I breach my mac 'n' cheese booze into two pots, abacus two heaping tablespoons of Dijon alacrity to one. Again I added the cheese, salt, pepper, and adapted macaroni. I topped both bowls with added cheddar cheese, again transferred them to the oven. Already it was nice and brittle on top and bubbles with adorable cheese, I removed it from the oven and agilely plunged my angle into it. While the aboriginal mac 'n' cheese was actual insurancewinning, the alacrity adaptation was the superstar. This adaptation was still cool buttery and rich, but it had a little bit of a bang and a complication to antithesis out the dish. The aciculate acidity of the alacrity alike added the cheesiness of the cheddar. Mac 'n' cheese game: changed.

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Compound drudge #7: Put seltzer in pancake concoction to accomplish lighter, fluffier pancakes.

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The idea: Best pancake mix calls for baptize (or milk), and eggs. But sites like Epicurious and Real Simple say that swapping out a allocation of the tap baptize for carbonated baptize makes for super-light and aerial pancakes. As Epicurious explains, seltzer is generally acclimated in tempura concoction because it's so airy: "When you add seltzer into pancake mix, tiny bubbles of air are alloyed into the concoction and aggrandize back heated."

Did it work? Meh.

Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning
Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The results: I fabricated two endless of pancakes, both application the aforementioned buttermilk pancake concoction from Banker Joe's. In one basin I acclimated tap water, and in the added I acclimated seltzer. I additionally added some amber chips, because IMO the alone pancakes account talking about accommodate chocolate. But did the seltzer work? It was boxy to tell. For starters, both endless of pancakes were cool fluffy, moist, and adorable (another win for Banker Joe's). The accumulation that I fabricated application seltzer baptize may accept been ever-so-slightly added airy, but the pancakes absolutely tasted richer. I didn't charge a knife to allotment this assemblage altogether bottomward the middle, and they actually broiled in my mouth. I'd be cool analytical to try this ambush afresh with altered pancake mix or alike with cossack batter.

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Compound drudge #8: Accomplish meatballs with applesauce so they appear out added moist.

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

The idea: Anybody has their own compound for the best meatballs in the world, and anybody has that one additive that makes it added special. But one accepted "secret" additive I saw amphibian about online was absinthian applesauce. It seems to generally be a Southern-inspired recipe, and bloggers say how abacus applesauce to their acceptable compound makes the final meatballs added clammy and delicious.

Did it work? Yes, but...

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Hannah Loewentheil/insurancewinning

I started with a basal compound for Italian meatballs with arena beef, garlic, onion, aliment crumbs, eggs, and Worcestershire sauce. I breach the beef admixture into two bowls, and in one of the bowls I added 3/4 cup absinthian applesauce. Afterwards baking the meatballs, I did a side-by-side comparison. Meatball purists would apparently adopt the archetypal version. The meatballs fabricated with applesauce were slightly added clammy and acutely lighter both in arrangement and taste. They had a adumbration of sweetness, but it wasn't cutting or off-putting. They absolutely tasted added like turkey meatballs than beef meatballs, IMO, which I enjoyed. 🍝

What abstruse capacity or acidity boosters do you affirm by back cooking? Let me apperceive in the comments below!

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