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31 Kitchen Tips, Hacks, & Shortcuts you’ll be SO GLAD you know!

If you walked into my home close to dinner time, you probably wouldn’t gather this information from looking around, but I actually really do like cooking, trying new recipes, combining ideas, etc.  However, with young kiddos, it’s been years since I’ve had very many consecutive minutes to experiment and make time-consuming meals during the week (because my husband Steve isn’t home yet to help with kiddos). So, I mostly make meals that don’t require much time and I LOVE shortcuts that help save me time before the inevitable cranky kiddo melt-downs happen.

I was browsing around online last week and started finding all of these great tips that help save time in the kitchen — and was pinning one after the other!  But then I started finding other really cool kitchen hacks and ideas that I thought were so useful, so I decided to round all these ideas up and share them with you guys……..because I can’t be the only one who loves shortcuts or helpful ideas for the kitchen, right??

Anyway, hope they’re useful for you guys too! :)

31 Kitchen Tips, Hacks, & Shortcuts you'll be SO GLAD you know! | via Make It and Love It



Grill Fish Atop Sliced Lemons To Prevent Sticking (plus, it adds yummy flavor!) via Life As Mama



Pit Your Fruit The EASY Way (with any gadgets) via Make It and Love It



Pancake Batter Pen (fun for making cool shapes and letters with your batter) via Amazon



Keep Lemons Fresher Longer (by placing in water and keeping in fridge) via The Glamorous Housewife



Large Pasta Pot with Strainer Lid via Amazon



How to Keep Greens Fresher For Longer via One Good Thing By Jillee



Use an Apple Slicer To Cut Potato Wedges via Amazon

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Flex Pot Clip (to hold those messy spoons) via Amazon



How To Quickly Slice or Mince Basil via Make It and Love It



Citrus Sprayer via Amazon



How To keep Celery Fresh LONGER (dry completely, then wrap in foil…lasts so much longer) via The Frugal Girls



Egg Yolk Extractor (…keeps yolk from breaking) via Amazon



Add Marshmallow to Brown Sugar to Keep Sugar Soft via Creek Line House





Slice Soft Cheese with Unscented Dental Floss via Real Simple



Fold Flat Grater (…a space saver!!) via Amazon



Freeze Fresh Herbs in Ice Cube Trays & Olive Oil via The Kitchn



Water Bottle Ice Cube Tray via Amazon



Extend the Life Of Your Bananas by separating them (keeping them together causes them to ripen faster) via One Good Thing By Jillee



Cake Batter Dispenser via Amazon



Freeze Leftover Broth In Ice Cube Tray (and then place frozen cubes into freezer bag and use as needed) via Life As Mama



Onion Holder (keeps the smell off your hands) via Amazon



Peel A Whole Head Of Garlic in SECONDS via Creek Line House



Storage Bag Opener and Holder via Amazon



Get More Juice from Limes and Lemons (pop them into microwave for 20 seconds first) via One Good Thing By Jillee



Apple Corer via Amazon



Warm Up Knife With Warm Water Before Slicing Cake (and you’ll get a non-messy slice every time) via Life As Mama




Ripen Bananas in Oven For Last Minute Banana Bread via The Kitchn



Revive Wilted Veggies (place in bowl with 2 cups water & 1 teaspoon vinegar for 1 hour or so) via One Good Thing By Jillee



Transforming Silicone Whisk (from round to flat….great multi purpose tool that also stores well) via Amazon



Light a Candle While Cutting Onions to REDUCE TEARS via Creek Line House



Slice a Watermelon into STICKS…..for less mess! via Make It and Love It




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Ashley Johnston

Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!


  1. Domestic Cleaning Atlanta GA says:

    Great tips!!! I loved the tip with the onion. Also the tip with the watermelon haven’t came to my mind. Every time I slice it I leave a great mess behind me. That way, my wife will be happy and kids will enjoy eating watermelon more :)

  2. Angie g says:

    Great list! So many good ideas in one place…might make me brave the kitchen again just to try some.

  3. Ellie says:

    Awesome list. That garlic trick might change my life! I bet if I don’t need a whole head I can break off the cloves I need and do the same thing with just as many cloves as I need. Can’t wait to try it.

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