How to save time in the kitchen - a compilation of kitchen hacks

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.