I’m sharing my favorite 25 Time Saving Kitchen Hacks, Tips, and Tricks. 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!”? Come check them out!
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.
If you’re reading this, today I want to hear from YOU. What are your favorite kitchen tips and tricks? I hope you’ll chime in in the comments. I’ll start by sharing a few of my most favorite kitchen tips.
One of my all time favorite kitchen tips is this trick for cutting butter into flour! Do you have trouble making tender, flaky, biscuits, pie crusts, or scones? You know when a recipe, particularly something like a biscuit or scone recipe, tells you to cut the butter into the flour mixture?
There are several ways you can go about doing this, but I have my own favorite. 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.
We’ve all been there. Mid-recipe you realize that the ingredients call for buttermilk and you’re hoping that you can still salvaged your already started recipe. No one wants to make a special trip to the grocery store for just one item, so occasionally you have to make do with a buttermilk replacement.
For those type of situations it is nice to have this kitchen tip for how to make buttermilk up your sleeve. With common ingredients, you can easily make homemade buttermilk to use in your recipes.
Can you freeze grape might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about grapes. But, the good news is that you can! Frozen grapes make a great addition to smoothies as well as a healthy, cold snack during summer.
Parchment is a baker’s best friend! It has so many great uses, but I thought I’d show you one of my favorites here: How to line a baking pan with parchment. Now, you might be thinking…why would I want to do that? It makes clean up a breeze and you can easily lift the brownies out of the pan and cut them into nice even squares.
I love substituting leeks for onions in certain recipes. If you haven’t ever tasted a leek before, they are related to the onion and garlic. Leeks look like giant green onions and have a mild onion flavor.
Rather than forming a bulb, like an onion, the leek resembles a stalk or stem. They are composed of many delicate layers that are often full of dirt and sand, so you have to clean them before use.
Caring for cast iron cookware might seem like a chore, but it’s a chore that doesn’t take as much time as you’d think and is honestly completely worth the time. The first step in caring for a new cast iron pan is seasoning.
Cast iron pans don’t come with that wonderful smooth, dark surface (unless you purchase a pre-seasoned pan) that skillets handed down over generations have. In fact, before seasoning they can be rather rough. Achieving the beautiful patina that your great-grandmother’s pan has can be achieved over time without much work.
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. Next time you make pancakes or waffles, make some extra and follow this quick and easy tutorial for How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles.
Limes are often really hard to juice. It can be pretty disappointing to be mid guacamole preparation and barely get a few drops out of the limes you purchased for your recipe. Using these steps, you'll be amazed at how much more juice you can squeeze from your fresh limes.
Follow these simple tips to learn how to bake a potato, whether you are short on time or have plenty of time. There are two fool-proof methods that answer the question of how to bake a potato: a traditional baked potato in oven or a time saving method where you microwave potatoes before baking, then follow up with the oven.
The two tone technique for decorating cupcakes is really a lot easier than you might think and it is so fun. Besides looking pretty, you can flavor the frosting differently to add so much flavor to the recipe. Think cream cheese and blueberry buttercream. Or Lemon and Vanilla buttercream. Raspberry Buttercream with Chocolate.
Real maple syrup has a much thinner consistency than the fake stuff, making it so easy to pour way too much way too fast if you aren't prepared for how quickly it comes gushing out. This great tip slows down the pouring so you get just the right amount.
Bacon is one of the quintessential Saturday morning foods, but 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.
Learn how baking bacon will yield perfectly crispy, mess-free bacon with your Saturday morning breakfast.
There are several methods that can be used to roast peppers, but I have a favorite to add to that list. And it is so easy. As long as you have a gas stove, there are no special tools required, or incredible hot ovens.
What are your favorite kitchen tips and tricks? Do you have a special way of making an ordinary task easier, faster, or less messy?
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!
Monday 28th of January 2013
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.
Monday 28th of January 2013
To keep celery stored in foil. It lasts forever (okay, maybe not forever, but a long time) like that!
Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book
Sunday 27th of January 2013
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!
Sunday 27th of January 2013
great collection of tips - love it! that shredding frozen butter tip...awesome!
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