Over the years I have run across quite a few “kitchen hacks” that helped me and so I thought I would share them with you! I love finding these – it’s fun for me – so excuse me while I get happy about them!
Most of the kitchen tools mentioned in this post can be found at your local grocery store.
Finding a new or easier way to do things in the kitchen make me so happy. I love when you can use something differently or substitute something. I love new solutions and ideas to make things easier in the kitchen and can make you feel like a professional chef. Whether it’s cooking delicious meals or cleaning or organizing, I am happy to try it out!
I am hoping that y’all have some favorite kitchen hacks to share with me, as well. Any little bit of help to make clean up easier, cooking faster, or life in the kitchen more simple making us have better days is definitely a plus! Especially if it gets me in and out of the kitchen faster! So, please share any fun tips you have come across in your experiences!
10 Kitchen Cooking Hacks You’ll Love
1. Ripen Avocados
The fastest way is to place it in a paper bag with a banana on top of the fridge for a day. This will help the next time there are only green bananas when you go grocery shopping.
2. Fresher Bananas
You can keep bananas for 4 – 5 days longer by wrapping the stems in plastic wrap.
3. Iced Coffee
Freezing your leftover coffee is an easy hack using an ice cube tray because ice cubes made with coffee in Iced Coffee Drinks will keep it from getting watered down which is my biggest pet peeve.
Hint: This is also a great way to preserve your fresh herbs this is helpful when it comes to food prep.
4. No More Fish Sticking To Grill
By grilling your fish on top of lemons or any citrus fruits sliced up you won’t have fish sticking to the grill and it will give it a great lemon/citrus flavor, who doesn’t like extra flavor? Plus grilling is always better than baking – from cleanup to taste every time. You can also use lemons for any kitchen odors you might have lingering.
5. Keep Potatoes From Budding
While being stored you can keep your potatoes from budding by putting an apple in the bag or in their storage area. To keep your potatoes from browning after they have been cut you can mix water and white vinegar in a bowl with the potatoes.
6. Cook Burgers Evenly Every Time
By putting a thumbprint in the middle of your burgers before cooking, you can make sure they cook more evenly. Add a little soy sauce to your ground beef next time you make burgers, the flavor it adds makes them super yummy.
7. Never Boil Over
Laying a wooden utensil like a wooden spoon over a boiling pot is a great way to keep the boiling water from overflowing your pan.
8. Quick Leftover Snacks
This is a genius hack to fight food waste. Leftover taco meat and cheese, spaghetti sauce, chili, even eggs and bacon, or almost any fresh food can be portioned out and put in tortillas, rolled up, and frozen individually in plastic wrap, a mason jar, or freezer bags to save you money instead of letting it go to waste.
Then just pop them individually in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and you have a snack or lunch, or even breakfast. This is my secret weapon for meal prep (my kids LOVED this!)
9. Perfect Golden Hashbrowns Every Time
I could never brown hashbrowns correctly – they stuck, they burned, it was always a disaster. Someone told me once that the easy way to cook them was to use a waffle iron and it worked like a charm to brown both sides perfectly I can’t believe this is a real thing! – image via Rachael Ray
10. No More Dried Out Or Soggy Microwave Food
Put a couple of drops or just a little water on your leftovers and cover them (I use a bowl when heating a plateful of food, making sure to cover all of the food), place them in the microwave for 1 minute on high.
When you remove the cover (carefully as there will be steam) you’ll have perfectly heated and moist leftovers ready to eat! I do mean carefully as a burn from the steam straight out of the microwave hurts a heck of a lot. Being patient and taking your time cooking and removing food from the microwave keeps you safe, and safety in the kitchen is key.
What are some of YOUR Best kitchen hacks?