The kitchen can be both a wonderful (as all the delicious foods are made here) and frustrating (as all the messes, scrubbing, cleaning, and figuring out the hows occur here) place to spend your time in. Here at Shareably, we want to make your lives less stressed and more easy by providing you with these valuable life hacks in the kitchen, inspired and gathered from a variety of different platforms. Here are 11 clever How-To kitchen hacks that will help simplify your cleaning, cooking and preparing in the kitchen.
Here are 11 clever How-To kitchen hacks that will help simplify your cleaning, cooking and preparing in the kitchen.
#1 How to perfectly peel hard boiled eggs.
Hard boiled eggs are supposed to be healthy and easy on-the-go snacks, but if boiled the wrong way, the peeling process can be quite horrifying and frustrating. Salt and vinegar is the solution to all of your egg-peeling dilemmas. Simply add 2 tsp of white vinegar or 1 tsp of salt to the water while boiling the eggs. Adding either ingredient will help the shell come right off and prevent chunks of missing egg whites from being peeled off with stubborn bits of crumbled egg shells. You’ll peel the perfect boiled egg(s) in a quick and easy manner.
#2 How to defat and degrease cooked food.
You’ve slaved away in the kitchen all day- dicing, mashing and cooking the perfected ingredients- in preparation for a delicious gourmet soup in the making. During the cooking process, you accidentally spilled too much oil into the pot or you overused butter while sautéing the veggies. Now, your cooked meal is swimming with unwanted fat and grease. An easy way to get rid of excess fat is by wrapping ice cubes in a kitchen or paper towel and slowly wiping it over the top of the cooked food. The ice will act as a magnet to attract the unwanted fat and grease and the towel will soak it all up.
#3 How to boil pasta without having to worry about the overflow of foam.
If you don’t want to babysit the pot of boiling pasta, place a wooden spoon or stirrer over the top. The wood stops the foam from spewing over the edge of the pot which will prevent a chaotic, watery, sizzling mess.
#4 How to get rid of unpleasant hand odors.
Chopped garlic, onions and fish smell great when it’s being diced and tossed into a sizzling pan filled with delicious savory ingredients, but the lingering after smell on your hands is not so pleasant. According to Life Hacker, rubbing your hands with a squeeze of lemon juice, water and table salt can magically eliminate foul smells. This method stays true with cleaning smelly kitchen ware and sponges. So if you’re smelling extra smelly from your kitchen adventures, for a fresh rinse, grab some lemon and salt and get to scrubbing.
#5 How to keep stainless steel kitchenware clean, bright, shiny and, well, stainless.
Stainless steel cookware is useful and aesthetically pleasing to own in the cupboards or on the stovetop of any kitchen, but it’s difficult to keep that clean shine around. Be sure to wash stainless steel products in a mixture of vinegar and water. For a better outcome, you may want to soak the kitchenware in the mixture overnight. Make sure to wipe it down and dry it throughly. Cleaning your stainless steel kitchenware with vinegar and water will help keep it stainless and shiny.
#6 How to keep your bananas from ripening so quickly.
Separate your bananas from each other to extend each banana’s life line. You can also place bananas in the fridge to slow down the ripening process, advised by Brussels Food Friends.
#7 How to throughly clean a cast iron frying pan.
After a cooking session with your cast iron pan, make sure to immediately clean the skillet in order to prevent rust from occurring. Avoid using regular dishwater soap. Instead, use a stiff brush or sponge and scrub it down with hot water. Scrub with table salt to remove stubborn food residue. The salt will also help remove unwanted odors and spices. Then, use a kitchen towel to wipe the pan completely dry. For the finishing touches, lightly coat a paper towel with vegetable oil and spread it around both inside and out of the skillet.
#8 How to preserve cooking herbs.
Herbs are great to add in waters, salads, and cooking in general. However, they tend to spoil quickly, even if they’re being properly stored in the fridge. An easy way to extend your herbs’ lifespan is by freezing them in an ice-cube tray, which preserves their vitamin content.
#9 How to cut an onion without crying.
Place the onions in the freezer for 30 minutes before chopping them. Only use this freezer method if you plan on cooking the onions (i.e. If the onion is placed in the freezer and is used as raw slices to decorate your salad, the end result will be soggy onion slices). According to The Greatist, placing the onions in the freezer for 30 minutes before chopping, prevents the waterworks because the cold stops the onion’s sulfoxides from converting into “awful eye-stinging gases.”
#10 How to easily peel citrus fruits.
Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits are popular summer foods to eat and mix in with drinks, salads, main meals or to simply enjoy on its own. These vitamin C packed fruits are delicious to eat but can be a pain to peel. Stick your citrus fruit of choice into the microwave for 20 seconds and it becomes much easier to unpeel.
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#11 How to keep your cookies fresh, moist, and delicious for longer.
If you’re a cookie lover, this tip is for you. To keep both store bought and homemade cookies fresh and soft, place them in an airtight container with a slice of bread. The bread will prevent the cookies from becoming stale and hard by soaking up all the lingering moisture in the container. You’ll end up with fresh, soft cookies and a hard slice of bread. According to Bigger Bolder Baking, adding bread will help cookies stay fresh for 3 times the usual amount of time. This bread method also works well with other cake desserts. Just as it does for cookies, it’ll keep the cake moist and delicious!
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