How does spending more time with your family and less time in the kitchen sound to you? A fantasy? We may have just the perfect tips and tricks for you, on how to save time, money, minimize effort and make chores in the kitchen easier.
Extend veggie freshness - to absorb the excess moisture that causes vegetables to rot, line the bottom of your refrigerators crisper.
For fussy eaters- Use cookie cutters to make shaped eggs and pancakes.
Easy dispensing - Empty ketchup bottles can be used for pancake mix and even to store excess in fridge for a few days.
Avoid a boiling water mess - When boiling starches like pasta and potatoes in water, rest a wooden spoon across the pan of boiling water.
Going bananas?! - Wrap cling film around the stalk of a banana to keep from ripening. Also avoid separating them as they spoil less quickly in a bunch.
Don’t let salt harden - put rice in your saltshaker.
Make soup/stew less salty – add wedges of potato or apple and let it simmer for 10 mins and then remove. If it’s still too salty, sprinkle a spoon of sugar or a dash of apple-cider vinegar.
More efficient juicing - before juicing citrus fruits, roll them back and forth on a hard surface.
Peel hard boiled eggs faster – no tedious picking; place in container with water, shake and shell.
Smart way to store herbs – freeze fresh herbs in olive oil, in ice cube trays for a quick addition to sauces or pastas.
Peeling garlic - Simply place your garlic in a jar, screw on the lid and shake. Its outer layer should simply fall off.
Burnt onions? – When sautéing onions and they start to get brown too fast, toss in an ice cube to chill down the pan fast.
Plastic container odors – even after washing, plastic boxes retain odors. Store them with crumpled newspaper inside and give them a rinse before using again.
Scorched pan? – Sprinkle the bottom with baking soda, 4 tablespoons of salt plus enough water to cover and let it stand overnight. Scrape the remains with a rubber spatula.