Simplifying strategies, tips, and techniques—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours.
Keeping Baked Goods Fresh
Slice chicken breasts in half and then press with heel of hand to form chicken cutlets.
Successful Skewering Anyone who has tried to flip a skewer loaded with fish, meat, or vegetables knows how hard it is to prevent the individual pieces from spinning. The solution couldn’t be simpler: Just thread the pieces onto two parallel skewers. Turning them will be a cinch.
Shredding Semisoft Cheese Grating mozzarella, fontina, Havarti, and other semisoft cheeses can be messy and cumbersome. Make the task simpler by freezing the cheese until firm (about 30 minutes) before putting it to a box grater. The cheese will be easy to drag over the holes, and you’ll get long, elegant shreds.
Make Meatballs (Without the Mess)
Keep cut veggies moist til your party starts