Smart Cooking Hacks to Save Time (and Money) in the Kitchen
Everything you need for these quick fixes is already in your cupboards!
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12 Clever Cooking Hacks
A sweet solution for sticky honey
The next time a recipe calls for honey, start by giving your measuring spoon a very light coating of cooking oil. The sweet, sticky goodness will slide right off.
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Keep cookies straight-from-the-oven fresh
You’ve just put cooled, fresh-baked cookies into an airtight container. According to the pros in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, adding a slice of bread will keep them soft and chewy.
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Upgrade your crisper
Line your fridge’s vegetable-crisper drawers with paper towel: it absorbs excess moisture and keeps produce fresh for longer.
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A quick fix for a slippery surface
Wrap rubber bands around the ends of your cutting board to stop it from skidding across the counter as you chop.
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Worried about keeping the refrigerated goods you just bought at the grocery store cool for the drive home? Keep a bit of bubble wrap salvaged from your latest Amazon order in your car. It’s a terrific way to insulate everything from ice cream tubs to pop cans while in transit.
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The best BBQ brush
Toss out that old wire BBQ brush and go for a safer—and more savoury—alternative: slice an onion in half and spear its uncut end with a fork. With the BBQ on high, rub the cut end of the onion over the grates. It’ll season the grill while it cleans.
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Get a grip
A stuck jar lid is no match for a sheet of sandpaper. Holding the sandpaper with the grit side facing the lid gives you a grip of steel. (You can also place a wide elastic band around the rim, and…voila!)
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Avocados on demand
Tired of playing the waiting game with an avocado that’s hard as a rock? Pop it into a paper bag with a banana: the banana releases a gas called ethylene, which speeds up the ripening process.
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Easier shredded cheese
Before shredding cheese, give your cheese grater a hit of cooking spray. It’ll take some of the elbow grease out of the process and make cleanup effortless.
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Do the twist
Put the kibosh on crumbs! Instead of pulling a pre-sliced bagel apart, use a twisting action—the halves will separate cleanly.
Make sure you never do this to your toaster.
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Don’t throw out that sheet of aluminum foil after you’ve pulled it off the cookie tray. Fold it into a wad several layers thick, then cut it into strips with your kitchen scissors: it’ll actually sharpen the blades as you slice.
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Homemade ice pack
Why spend money on freezer packs when you can make your own reusable version at home? Run a kitchen sponge under the tap until it’s fully saturated, then seal it in a plastic sandwich bag. Place the bag in the freezer, and in the morning, just pack it into your lunch bag.
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A nifty “no-touch” tool
Next time you order pizza for a party, don’t toss out the little plastic stand that prevents the pizza box lid from caving in. Instead, use it to anchor the pizza as you pull away your own slice, to help you avoid touching everyone else’s.
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