Cooking is great, but like anything else, it comes with its own challenges.
My two biggest issues? The yucky skin that forms on my delicious soups and sauces, and the little bits of cake that stick to my pan.
But with this one simple trick — used by chefs in the know for years — I can put a stop to both kitchen annoyances!
It’s called a cartouche, and in the culinary world, it refers to a neat circle of parchment paper that protects your food. Add this one to the list of food-saving kitchen hacks, and you won’t regret it!
- Parchment paper
Tear off a piece of parchment paper twice the area of your pan or base of your pot.
Fold it three times to form a pointed end (like you’re making a paper snowflake).
Place the pointed end in the center of the bottom of your pan.
Snip off the excess paper along the curve of the pot or pan to create a circle that fits inside.
Place the paper cartouche along the bottom of a greased pan when baking for easy cake removal, or place on top of soups and sauces before serving to prevent a film from forming.
For wonderful step-by-step instructions, be sure to watch the video below!