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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

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

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

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

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Large Pasta Pot with Strainer Lid via Amazon

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

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Use an Apple Slicer To Cut Potato Wedges via Amazon

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

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

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Citrus Sprayer via Amazon

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

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

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

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Slice Soft Cheese with Unscented Dental Floss via Real Simple

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

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

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Water Bottle Ice Cube Tray via Amazon

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

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Cake Batter Dispenser via Amazon

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

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

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

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Storage Bag Opener and Holder via Amazon

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

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Apple Corer via Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

Comments

  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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