If you want your time in the kitchen to be productive and pleasant, we have a list of kitchen hacks to make the menial tasks in your life easier.
From food prep, to food storage to cleaning, we have found smarter and more cost effective ways for you to spend your time in the kitchen.
We know that the kitchen is a special place for many families. It is the space that turns a house into a home. This is where your enjoy time with family; brew a comforting cup of tea when life gets on top of you and where you exercise your creativity.
It helps to have the right kitchen appliances. If you don’t have the right tool or technique to peel your potatoes or cut your dough, things can go downhill quickly.
So, whether you’re learning to cook a new dish or suddenly notice a smell in the microwave, it’s nice to have a few hacks up your sleeve.
Food Kitchen Hacks
Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easy to Peel. Three Ways
Instead of boiling the traditional way, steam up to a dozen eggs in a steamer basket suspended over boiling water for 15 to 16 minutes; shells slip right off.
The “tapping” method also works. To peel, gently tap the egg at the big end first, then the small end, then all around. Just gently tap all around to crack the shells everywhere and they will peel with ease.
All you need to do is simply tap each end of your egg and peel off a small piece from each end. Then just take the egg to the edge of your mouth, cover the other end with your hand and blow. The force of your breath will cause the egg to simply slide out of its shell. It’s as simple as that!
Make the Best Roasted Veggies
Place the pan in the oven as it preheats; when the vegetables hit that hot surface, they get a delicious jump-start on browning.
Keep Potatoes White
Cover cut raw potatoes with water to stop them from turning brown. You can prepare them the night before and still have creamy white potatoes the next day.
Slow Down Rotting Tomatoes
It turns out there’s a really easy way to keep tomatoes from rotting—or at least slow down the process. Store tomatoes stem end down to keep them from spoiling as quickly. This prevents air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar where the tomato once attached to the vine. Storing them at room temperature rather than in the fridge also makes them last longer.
Save Cut Fruit from Browning
Keep cut fruits, such as apples, pears, bananas and peaches, from turning brown by coating them with an acidic juice such as lemon, orange or pineapple juice.
A mixture of one part honey to two parts water works much the same to keep fruit from browning. The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon juice as well as a peptide in honey slows down the oxidation process that causes discoloring.
Remove Fat from Soup, Casserole, or Stew
Remove fat by putting an ice cube in hot soup or casserole. The fat will congeal on the top and be easy to scoop out with a spoon. Or to be more conventional, use a large metal spoon and skim off the fat that rises to the top. You also can cover and refrigerate the soup or broth for 6 to 8 hours or until the fat solidifies on the surface. Then use a spoon to lift off the hardened fat.
Prevent Brown Sugar from Hardening
Help brown sugar stay soft by tossing an orange peel or a slice of apple along with the sugar into an airtight container. If you have a solid lump of sugar, microwave brown sugar next to a small glass of water. The moisture within the microwave will help break up the block of sweetener.
Kitchen Cleaning Hacks
Keeping your kitchen clean throughout the week is simple enough, even though it might not be your favorite chore. Most people try to keep their kitchen looking clean on a daily basis – whether that means mopping up a spill or giving the stove top and counters a quick wipe after use. However, food preparation and cooking can lead to a buildup of grease and dirt over time, which may require a bit more effort to remove.
Two main daily goals for a “clean enough” kitchen are sorting out the dirty dishes and keeping the countertops clean. But every once in a while, your kitchen needs a more thorough cleaning
Pick up Dust
Instead of using the dustpan after sweeping the floor surface, use a wet paper towel or a baby wipe — collect the dust on it and pick it up, wiping the dust, that didn’t get on with the other side of the towel.
Revitalise Kitchen Tiles
It doesn’t take much for tiles to get dirty. And if you don’t watch out, after a while they can look really bad. Don’t worry; this won’t take much elbow grease to get them sparkling clean.
- First, sprinkle baking soda over the tiles.
- Use a spray bottle filled with cleaning vinegar (or a 1/4 cup of bleach) and spray it over the baking soda.
- Let it fizz and bubble for a few minutes.
- Scrub the dirt away.
- Don’t wait too long though — after a while, the dirt will settle back in.
Clean your Kitchen Sponge
Sponges can transfer a ton of bacteria from one plate to another, so you should clean them at least once every couple of days. There is a certain way you can do it:
Soak a sponge overnight in a mixture of 1 cup (250ml) hot water, 1/2 cup (125ml) white vinegar and 3 tablespoons salt. The next day, rinse and squeeze the sponge several times to get rid of all of the accumulated cleaning liquid. Put a wet sponge (emphasis on wet) in the microwave and heat it on High for 2 minutes.
You’ll get the cleanest sponge you’ve ever had, aside from buying new one, of course. It is recommended that you replace your kitchen sponge at least once a month.
Kitchen cabinets attract oil and grease like magnets, and it can be messy and time-consuming to wipe away all that nasty buildup. You spill everything from cake batter to olive oil on them.
Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water and put into a spray bottle. Mist on cabinets, let sit for a minute or two and then wipe clean with a soft cloth.
For kitchen cabinets with stubborn stains, like syrup or chocolate, you can make a paste of vinegar and salt. Dip an old toothbrush into the paste and lightly scrub the stained area. Don’t scrub too hard or use steel wool, as it will scratch the wood. Rinse the paste off with clean water and dry with a clean towel.
Clean Your Wooden Cutting Boards with Lemon and Salt
Wooden cutting boards are notorious for being super difficult to clean, given the fact that they have a porous surface that creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.
If you are interested in how to clean cutting boards and mats, take a look at our article Best Way to and Care for and Clean Cutting Boards and Cutting Mats.
However, here is an easy and effective way to clean, de-grease and disinfect your wooden cutting boards – all you need is half a lemon, a generous pinch of salt, several drops of water and a sponge that you can use to rub all the food particles off the cutting board.
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