Kitchen Tips and Tricks – What are YOUR Favorites?

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You know the kind of kitchen tips and tricks that once you learned them you thought “why did no one tell me earlier?” or “I’ve been doing it all wrong this whole time!”? What are your favorites?

If you’re reading this, today I want to hear from YOU. What are your best ? I hope you’ll chime in in the comments.

I love kitchen tips! It is always great when I figure out (or learn from someone else) a way to do something faster, easier, or less messy in the kitchen.

I’ll start by sharing a few of my most favorite kitchen tips. You can find more over on my Kitchen Tips and Trick Pin Board where I’ll be saving all of the great kitchen tips and tricks that I find.

Favorite Kitchen Tips and Tricks from Food Bloggers

My Favorite Kitchen Tips

Our fridge stunk something bad a couple weeks out and we never really did figure out why, but I was able to quickly get rid of the smell with these tips on deodorizing in your kitchen.

Read More: Quick Tips for Deodorizing Your Kitchen

We love to make huge batches of waffles and pancakes to store in the freezer for later use. It is great for busy mornings when we don’t want cereal and making one big batch in a month means only one mess to clean up.

Read More: How to Freeze and Reheat Waffles

gruyere sage scone recipe

I almost never cut butter into flour for biscuits or scones in the traditional way since I started using this easy method. Maybe it looks like cheating, but I just think it is smart.

Read More: Trick for Cutting Butter into Flour

There is rarely a carton of buttermilk hanging out in the fridge when I need it, but there are lots of ways to make your own buttermilk.

Read More: How to Make Homemade Buttermilk

Cooking bacon is messy and time consuming. I love to bake my bacon in the oven to free my hands up for other tasks and save my stovetop from all the grease splatters.

Read More: How to Bake Bacon in the Oven

There have been a lot of cupcake failures in our home, from horrible textures to implosions in my oven, until I learned a thing or two about baking cupcakes at high altitude.

Read More: Tips for High-Altitude Cupcake Baking

how to line a baking pan with parchment paper

Just last week I taught my dad how you can line a brownie pan with parchment paper. It makes clean up a breeze and you can easily lift the brownies out of the pan and cut them into nice even squares. He definitely appreciated the bonus of less dishes to wash!

Read More: How to Line Baking Pans with Parchment

I figured that if I liked kitchen tips and tricks that probably lots of other bloggers did too, and they probably knew how to do things that I didn’t know.

I decided to ask a few of my blogging friends to share some of their favorite tips and tricks that they rely on in the kitchen. Here’s what they have to say!

Kitchen Tips and Tricks from Food Bloggers

Bree from Baked Bree knows just the trick to getting your cakes to bake nice and flat. I never knew this one, and it is really pretty simple! I always did it the hard way and cut part of the top of the cake off to level it after the fact.

Read More: How to Get Cakes to Bake Flat

How to Grind Whole Grain Flour

Photo by Allison

Allison from Some the Wiser shares a great post on how to grind your own flours at home and why you should do that. I love to grind my own flours!

Read More: Grinding Your Own Flours

Carrie from Deliciously Organic has a great tip for making perfectly round slice and bake cookies. She says: “When making round slice and bake cookies, set the dough log in an empty paper-towel roll before chilling. This will keep the dough log from flattening on one side.”

Cheryl from Tidy Mom knows all about keeping her dishwasher tidy (I don’t think I have ever cleaned mine as detailed as Cheryl does!). She says that “you need to clean your dishwasher periodically to keep it running efficiently and smelling fresh! What I do is pretty simple. The directions might look involved, but really, it’s very easy.”

Read More: How to Clean your Dishwasher

Oven to Table Cookware by Simple Bites

Photo by Aimee

Aimee from Simple Bites love practical tips that save you time in the kitchen. She says: “Using oven to table cookware is one practical solution to help save time and effort spent on family meals and entertaining. Whether your style is stoneware, enamelware, or vintage Pyrex, there is sure to be a collection of cook-and bake-ware that is pretty enough for the dinner table.”

Read More: Sunday Dinner: Save Time with my Favorite Oven to Table Cookware

Caroline from Chocolate and Carrots suggests purchasing a cake tester for your baked goods. She says: “Have you ever used up 7+ toothpicks to test if your baked good is finished baking? I have and I never have to waste another toothpick to test a cake, muffin, or bread. Plus, the diameter of the metal tester is so small that you can hardly even see where it poked the baked good. No evidence.”

Read More: Essential Bakers Tool

Mandi from Life Your Way has some tips for successfully substituting apple sauce for oil in recipes. This is great if you’re trying to bake goodies with lower fat and calories.

Read More: How to Substitute Applesauce for Oil

 Shredded Crock Pot Mexican Chicken

Do you ever need to cook up a big batch of shredded chicken? Jane from This Week for Dinner has a super nifty trick for shredding all that chicken in no time and with hardly any effort.

Read More: How to Shred Chicken

Now that we are in the dead of winter, I sure am wishing I had had the opportunity to stash away some of spring and summer’s lovely produce to enjoy during colder months. Amber from Bluebonnets and Brownies tells you all about how to flash freeze produce for your freezer.

Read More: How to Flash Freeze

You know when a recipe tells you to use room temperature eggs? I almost always forget to take the eggs out in advance to prepare for that. No matter, Jamie from My Baking Addiction told me just how to quickly bring eggs to room temperature!

Read More: How to Quickly Bring Eggs to Room Temperature

What are your favorite kitchen tips and tricks? Do you have a special way of making an ordinary task easier, faster, or less messy?

p.s. I was out of town earlier this week filming a few great kitchen tips with Reynolds. I can’t wait to share the videos with you!

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Aimee @ Simple Bites - January 25, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    These are GREAT tips, Katie! Thanks for including mine.


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    Gina Rau - January 25, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    Wow, these are some seriously helpful tips…and many new to me! We cook bacon in the oven but I have to credit my husband for that splatterred-stove saving idea. We’re into making big batches of things like pancakes or waffles, and even casseroles, meatloaves, soups, etc. and freezing them. When I have some extra time, I leverage that for those days that I don’t.

    This list is brilliant! Thanks for sharing – it’s being bookmarked.


  • 3
    Irene - January 25, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    great ones.. I want to share one for cutting broccoli that I saw on Kalyn’s Kitchen “To avoid the mess from trimming broccoli, cut through the stem part, then pull flowerets apart. I don’t remember where I learned this trick, but it really works!”

    I prefer the Alton Brown method for bacon using the drying racks for cakes.. put bacon in cold oven, set to 400 and the time for 20 minutes.


  • 4
    Anna - January 25, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    These are great tips! I am a total disaster in the kitchen so I dont’ really have any useful tips… I am more the type that searches for good advice on how to keep the kitchen in somewhat of a decent shape, so this article was a great help for me! Thanks!!


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    Allison - January 25, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    These are so useful! I knew about some of them, but others are all new to me – can’t wait to try.


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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs - January 26, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    Hey Katie! Love these tips! I rarely remember to use my food processor to shred cheese, but wow if you need a whole block of cheese shredded, it takes only 5 seconds! I need to use it way more often than I do!


  • 7
    Jane Maynard - January 27, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    great collection of tips – love it! that shredding frozen butter tip…awesome!


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    Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book - January 27, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    I don’t eat bacon often, but I am going to have to try baking it next time! My favorite tip is freezing cream in ice cube trays to get 1 tablespoon servings for creamy soups (since I can never get through the entire carton of cream from my local dairy). Also using a cup to hold your piping bag to fill, I wish I had known about that one years ago!


  • 9
    Alyssa - January 28, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    To keep celery stored in foil. It lasts forever (okay, maybe not forever, but a long time) like that!


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    Melanie - January 28, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    I never realized I had a neat trick until I watched my aunt struggle with slicing an avocado. Just cut it in half and take out the seed. Then run your knife from end to end making slices but not all the way through the skin. Run a spoon between the skin and fruit and it pops right out, already sliced.


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    Pauline - January 28, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    This is an extremely useful post! I will have to reference this continually as I bake and cook throughout my life.
    I can’t think of a novel tip right now, other than that whisking egg whites with a fork lets you get in exercise while baking so you don’t have to go to the gym after making and eating a decadent cake!


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