HandyKitchen Tips

Struggling to separate egg whites from the yolks? These kitchen tips and tricks will help you save time, minimise effort and turn you into a resourceful chef.


Using flour as a thickener

For 1 cup of thin sauce, use 1 tbsp Jenan All Purpose Flour | For 1 cup of medium sauce, 1½ tbsps Jenan All Purpose Flour | For 1 cup of thick sauce, use 2 tbsps Jenan All Purpose Flour

Get dusting

Keep a new powder puff in your flour canister. When a recipe says to "dust" a pan with flour, use the powder puff.

Easy-open lids

Wipe the rims of stubborn containers with flour before closing the lid, and see how easy they are to open next time.

Non-stick cake tins

Grease the pan with one part butter and two parts flour, mixed together to a sandy consistency.

Avoid that sinking feeling

When adding fruits, raisins and nuts to cake batter, roll them in flour first. They're less likely to sink to the bottom of the cake.



Getting shell bits out of cracked eggs

A broken half shell is perfect for cutting through and nabbing the shell bits. Just stick it in there and pull that crumb right out.

Separating egg whites from the yolks

Crack an egg into a bowl. Lightly squeeze an empty plastic bottle and touch the mouth to the egg yolk. Slowly release, and voila!

Don't peel hard-boiled eggs

Just cut right through the egg with a knife. Then, whisk the shell off. It's faster and won't leave you with a mess.

Freeze 'em for later

Got too many egg yolks on hand and not enough time to eat them all? Just place them in an ice cube tray and freeze them for later.



Handy ingredient

For a healthy snack, toss them into yoghurt with some fruit. Or add them to muffins to make them healthier.

Making perfect oatmeal

For every one cup of oats, use a little over one cup of water (or milk if you'd like). Boil the water, then add the oats.

Chia makes it better

Thicken your oatmeal by adding a tablespoon of chia seeds for every ½ cup of rolled oats, right at the start of cooking.

Store it right

After opening, store the oats in an airtight container or place the original package in a re-sealable plastic bag.

A useful scrub

The gritty nature of oats makes it an excellent scrub for sensitive skins that cannot tolerate the usual exfoliators.

Ideal for baby's skin

Oats can help, from soothing a baby's sore bottom and treating diaper rash to hydrating dry skin and offering relief from eczema.