Common restaurant kitchen practices often get lost in translation for the home cook, mostly because they just don't apply. But there are some handy, useful tricks that do apply and can be a great asset for any home cook looking to improve his or her efficiency and cleanliness in the kitchen.
When I spent a year working in four different restaurants around the world for my recently published memoir, Four Kitchens, I knew I’d be picking up a wealth of great recipes. Indeed, I learned how to make fried hollandaise cubes at wd~50 in New York City; I mastered shrimp summer rolls in Hanoi at La Verticale; I quickly and effortlessly deseeded pomegranates at Carmella Bistro in Tel Aviv; and I made a decadent and spicy chocolate cake in Paris with minimal clean-up.
Yet along the way, I also learned a bounty of nifty kitchen tips and tricks that I regularly use when cooking at home. I've compiled them below so you too can benefit from my time in the kitchen. Check out the slideshow below and let us know if you have any time-saving tricks of your own!