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How To Easily ‘Level Up’ Your Grilled Cheese Game With Simple Household Ingredients [WATCH]

Grilled cheese sandwiches are arguably the greatest bachelor or college meal to date. Melty cheese, toasty bread, and plenty of butter are all you need to make this cheap but delicious meal within minutes.

However, if you’re bored of the bachelor way to do this classic sandwich and want to “level it up” a little bit, British cooking YouTube channel SORTEDfood has got a couple of sandwich hacks to help you get started.

The team at SORTEDfood unveiled their “Leveled Up” version of this classic sandwich, which is basically the same, humble grilled cheese we all know and love but at the highest level of perfection possible.

It’s not like these guys went out and dug up a bunch of truffles and wrapped the sandwich in gold leaf. They understand that we working stiffs simply don’t have the kind of money to do all that legwork at the end of a long work day.

The team transformed the grilled cheese with ingredients you can easily find in your own cupboard like simple herbs, spices, and honey. Best of all, it doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of time or money to accomplish.

As a broke graduate school student myself, I’m totally down for any recipe that uses what I already have to elevate a classic to new heights.

I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out at home.

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Learn How To Easily Poach The Perfect Egg Every Time [WATCH]

Poaching an egg can seem extremely scary, especially if you’re going for that perfect runny yolk. I know it seems like a complicated procedure, but this video makes the entire process seem so simple and doable.

The video, created by Co-op and SORTEDfood as part of their joint cooking course Now Cook It, breaks down the simplest tips and tricks you need to easily poach eggs at home. SORTEDfood chef Ben Ebbrell takes you through the entire process step-by-step.

Ebbrell starts by bringing eggs up to room temperature (either with a glass of warm water or leaving them out of the fridge for a while before cooking). After that, he heats the water in a deep pan until bubbles form on the bottom of the pan and begin to slowly move to the surface. If you’re unsure of how to get there, he recommends the following:

“Boil the water, then bring it down to a simmer before turning off the heat to poach.”

To make dropping the eggs into the pot easier and alleviate fears of breaking the yolk, Ben cracks them into small cups beforehand to slowly lower them into the water later. He then seasons the water with salt, before adding the eggs in one at a time, giving them time to set and not combine.

After 2-3 minutes, the egg yolks should be soft, but the whites should still be set, leaving you with the perfect runny yolk that you can get every time.

I definitely learned a lot about poaching from this video, and might try my own hand at poaching eggs at home now.

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How To Make Risotto (And More) In The Microwave [WATCH]

The microwave is usually delegated to the role of reheating old leftovers or heating up frozen items. SORTEDfood is changing that idea.

The British foodie YouTube channel just launched a video about microwave recipes and hacks – and included a trio of recipes that you can make in a microwave. These dishes were a classic British Fish Pie, Risotto, and Nut Brittle (shown in a separate video).

Ben Ebbrell, head chef of the channel, has his friends go blindfolded in a taste test between the microwaved versions of these dishes and traditionally cooked versions (cooked by James, the channel’s other chef) and see if they could figure out which dish was microwaved and which wasn’t.

Only one of the three tasters could tell the difference on both the risotto and the fish pie – the same taster each time. The fact that the humble microwave could make gourmet dishes taste similar to the real deal is astonishing.

Cooking the risotto is especially impressive to do in a microwave. While a traditional risotto requires tons of stirring and adding liquid over a stove to achieve the lava-like consistency, SORTED gets that consistency in a microwave in just 20 minutes (with the help of some creme fraiche and Parmesan cheese).

SORTED accomplished this by cooking the base of squash, wine, and shallots (along with other flavors) in the microwave, then adding in the rice to cook for 15-20 minutes before stirring in the creme fraiche and Parmesean cheese – all done in the same bowl and in a fast amount of time. This means your  homemade risotto cooking will be a lot easier – and saves the time and struggle of burning pans or cleaning up a lot of kitchen equipment.

While making the dishes does take some time and several trips within the microwave, there’s no denying that the concept of making gourmet food at home just got a little more accessible with ideas like these.

Check out these videos for the microwaved dishes, and try making some of the recipes yourself!