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40 Kitchen Hacks That’ll Change the Way You Cook

These quick and clever kitchen hacks will save you time, money and effort!

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Kitchen Hacks You’ll Wish You’d Known Sooner

To keep cookies and other baked goods soft after baking, add a slice of store-bought white bread to an airtight container. Your cakes, cookies and muffins will keep their day-one softness. Friends and family will think they’re fresh!

Psst—make sure you never store these fresh foods together.

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An easy kitchen hack to keep your mixing bowl in place

Need an extra hand? Professional chefs will tell you that a damp dish towel under your mixing bowl will keep it from slipping and sliding on your counter as you mix. (This tip works well with a cutting board too!)

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Craft DIY Mason jar shakers

Your bulk spices and baking supplies just got an adorable upgrade. Save the lids from parmesan shakers and gather your small mason jars. Screw the lid on and you’ll have a handy way to sprinkle and measure.

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Slice steak fries

Craving those scratch-made potato wedges from your favourite restaurant? The answer is waiting in your kitchen drawer. Cut one end of the potato for stability then push an apple slicer through. Bonus: You can try it with sweet potatoes, too.

Check out the trick for peeling potatoes that’s taking over the internet.

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Freeze a soup starter

Want garden-fresh flavour year round? Freeze farmers’ market vegetables in resealable bags during peak season. A classic soup starter called a mirepoix is made by combining 2/3 onion with 1/3 carrot and celery. This aromatic blend will give you a sweet, hearty flavour to kickstart soups and broths. Vegetables will last eight to 12 months so you can enjoy the tastes of summer when gloomy, cold weather hits.

Here’s what you need to know about freezing cheese.

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Use sheet pans as trays

Sheet pans: They’re not just for dinner anymore! Use your trusty baking sheet to stay organized while you meal prep. Keeping ingredients in one place helps you stay efficient and expedites cleanup, too.

Here’s how to clean absolutely everything in your kitchen, according to Charles the Butler of CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show.

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Freeze single-serving sauces

Become an upcycling master! Egg cartons are ideal for freezing small portions of homemade sauce. (Especially when you need to use your ice trays for, well, ice—or one of these other genius uses.) Cover and freeze leftover basil and parsley pesto and transfer cubes to a resealable freezer bag. To use, thaw cubes in your fridge for two hours.

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Rose Pink Blush Wine Cocktail with Pomegranate Seeds, Apple Slice and Crushed Ice.Shutterstock / Alp Aksoy

Turn Wine into an Instant Cocktail

Have a group coming over but only one bottle of rosé in the fridge? Offer up some variety by turning wine into a fun, fizzy spritzer cocktail. Simply pour wine over ice and top with sparkling water. Red and white wine work well. Add fresh fruit as a garnish if you’re feeling fancy.

Check out more frozen drink recipes that are perfect for a hot day.

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