Is hacks just the new word for tips/tricks? For some reason the word hacks came out when I was typing the title. It made me feel trendy, so I’m going with it.
So anyway, this post. Reading little tricks that people use everyday is so interesting to me. Perhaps you will be nodding along through this post thinking ‘yeah, I knew that’ but maybe there will be one or two new tidbits that you might find useful. So here they are, my favorite kitchen hacks, that I personally know to work because I use them all the time.
1. Use your mixer to shred (cooked) chicken in less than 30 seconds.
2. To peel an entire head of garlic, separate into cloves then place in an aluminum bowl. Put another aluminum bowl over it (to form a sphere) and shake vigorously. They’ll all be peeled in about 30 seconds. (view it here– it works!)
3. Squeeze lemons, limes and oranges over a fine mesh sieve to keep excess pulp and seeds from getting through.
4. Freeze extra tomato paste in tablespoon-sized dollops on parchment paper, then store in a tupperware in the freezer to throw into soup/stews/sauces as needed.
5. To prevent a mushy start to opening a banana, you should actually peel it by pinching the bottom ‘stump’ and peeling back from there.
6. Wet your finger before fishing out eggshells to make the process a million times easier. (I’ve also heard of using another egg shell to fish it out.)
7. Store fresh herbs in water-filled mason jars, like you would flowers, to extend fridge-life for up to 2 weeks.
8. Save (cleaned) veggie scraps in a ziplock bag in the freezer to toss in when making broth. (I’ve been told to do this with bones, too, for making bone broth! Love that idea, but haven’t tried it yet.)
9. To keep water from boiling over the pan, place a wooden spoon across the top of it.
10. When measuring sticky substances like honey or syrup, spray the measuring cup with cooking spray first and the sticky substance will easily slide right out.
11. To soften butter quickly, don’t microwave it. Instead, use a rolling pin to roll it out (between two layers of parchment).
12. Cut soft cheeses, like goat cheese logs, with unflavored dental floss to keep it from smooshing and sticking to your knife.
13. Make smoothies come together more quickly by prepping individual smoothie bags. You can place fruit, cubes of frozen yogurt, cubes of blended and frozen spinach or bananas frozen with peanut butter in the bags to cut down on morning assembling time. Just dump, blend and go!
14. To get the garlic or onion smell off your hands, scrub them with half of a sliced lemon.
15. When baking, save your butter wrappers and use them to grease your pan.
And there they are.
Were any of them new to you?
Do you have any shortcuts or clever tricks that you swear by?
Please share them with me!