Here are this week’s life pro tips.
01. Don’t tell your friends about every fallout you have with your partner
Most arguments in a relationship are trivial and mean nothing – both people know that it has no effect on your overall feelings for each other, it’s just an small falling-out. There is no need to tell your friends about every little detail as they might grow resentful of your spouse from hearing everything bad that you tell them; making awkward situations when you’re around both.
Don’t tell your kids either, they’ll suffer the same consequence and resent one parent while admiring the other.
02. When writing an email…
Always enter the email recipient after you have finalized the email body. This prevents accidentally sending an incomplete email. Another tip is to always add the attachments first, before writing the email.
03. Making juicy burgers
Some tips for getting juicy burgers:
1. Start with 85% lean meat. Too lean (90%), and you’re likely to get dry, grainy meat. Too fatty (70%), and you get grease fires and a burger loaded with 30-weight (I sometimes prefer this, though).
2. Don’t forget the thumb print trick. Make a thumb print in your raw meat before seasoning and it will prevent puffing, creating a better shape and making sure the hot juices won’t spray all over you when you bite into it.
3. Don’t overcook your burger; you want it straight-up medium or less. Medium-well and well-done burgers will be too dry, even with nothing else done. General rule: more done = more dry.
4. Pull the patties out of the fridge and salt them about 20 minutes before cooking. This will partially denature the surface proteins, making them retain their moisture better.
5. Do not squish the burger once it is partially cooked. You will squish out the juice.
6. If you must make your burgers well done, pick an “under” side, and poke divots in the burger just before cooking, almost but not quite through. During the latter half, after the flip, the juices will collect in the divots, rather than spilling out onto your grill.
7. If you’re using lean meat (90% or turkey), you can compensate by the following:
- Make a slurry of 1/4 of the meat the same volume (not mass) of button mushrooms, and 1 packet of unflavored gelatin per cup/cup in a food processor.
- Hand-mix the slurry in with the rest of the meat and additions (spices, diced onions, etc).
- Grill each side briefly on rocket hot, then cook normally.
- The mushrooms will help to retain moisture, and the gelatin, as it seeps out the surface of your burger, will caramelize into a meaty shell that helps to hold moisture in the burger.
8. For turkey, choose dark meat. Your taste buds will thank you.
04. If you want to endear someone to you quickly…
Ask them for advice. Doesn’t matter what on, just asking for their opinion on anything shows that you respect them and value their input. Just don’t confuse advice with help. Don’t ask something of them that might take up too much time. Also, don’t be a bother and ask for advice all the time. Keep it tight.
05. If you’re fixing something and you need to replace a tight fitting piece…
Stick it in the freezer. The cold will cause the part to contract making it easier to put in. If you’re using this on something electronic, avoid leaving the part in the freezer for too long (45 min to an hour). This could potentially cause condensation and water damage. I’ve used this before on computers and never had any problems.
Conversely, you can use heat to expand things. When dealing with a tight metal jar lid, run hot water over it to expand it.