It probably comes to no surprise that the majority of my time spent in my home is in my kitchen. Heck, even my bloffice, get it? My blog office, is in the same room as my refrigerator. With that being said, I am always looking for short cuts, tips and ways to save and not waste food items. Here is a list of some of my handy dandy kitchen hacks that you definitely should know.
Stinky garlic hands and how to get rid of them. This was never a problem that bothered me much because I have a minor obsession with garlic, but I understand the smell is strong and can bother people. If you find your hands have the strong garlic aroma that you just can’t kick, go ahead and rub your digits on your stainless steel faucet. It totally works. Here is why. Thanks for the tip Grandpa Anderson.
How to keep the other half of an avocado fresh. I often find myself with a half of an avocado I am just not ready to eat quite yet. By the time I am ready, the friggin thing looks brown and rotten. Not no mo honey! Nicole taught me this little ditty. Spray a bit of Pam on the avocado. That drastically slows down the browning process. When you are ready to eat the second half, gently shave off any little browned spots and enjoy.
Shred chicken with your mixer. Life saving kitchen hack for my least favorite job in the kitchen. If you have a recipe that calls for shredded chicken, keep those forks clean, bust out your mixer and go ahead and toss in that chicken. Let the mixer do the walking, so you can sip your vino.
Use a baggie as a piping bag to fill pasta with ricotta. Whether you need to pipe frosting or fill pasta with cheese, this hacks is universal. As a kid, I always got the pasta filling job. Now I know why the job was bestowed upon me. Because it is the world’s biggest pain in the ass. Go ahead and grab a quart or gallon size baggie, stuff with whatever filling you are using and squirt like you’ve never squirted before. LOL!
Freese extra herbs in olive oil in ice cube trays. This is a handy tip, especially when your summer crop of herbs is producing more than you can consume. Go ahead and lightly pack ice cube trays with herbs and olive oil. Just freeze until needed. I also make pesto in bulk because I grow a shitload of basil every summer. You can fill your ice cube trays with pesto and freeze as well. Once your stuff as solidified, pop em out and store in a freezer safe bag until you are ready to use.
Peel an entire head of garlic in seconds. Impressive hack if I do say so myself.
Make a double batch of cookies and freeze the extra cookie balls for later. This is a great one! Next time you are baking your favorite homemade cookie recipe, why not make a double or triple batch, ball em and freeze em in a freezer safe bag for later. The kids friends will think you are Betty Freakin Crocker when they arrive for a play date and it smells like you have been baking for weeks. NOPE! Simply preheat your oven and voila! Home made cookies.
What to do with over ripe nanners. Hold up! Don’t toss what appears to be black, rotten bananas. Those mother joners are worth saving. Peel them and freeze them in freezer safe bags. Grandma Jan taught me that trick. Or, you can take lazy to a new low and toss the damn thing in the freezer, peel and all and just remove it in a enough time for it to thaw in a pinch so you can peel it. Frozen over ripe bananas are great in smoothies or in your favorite banana bread recipe.
What to do with extra broth and stock. Bust out those handy dandy ice cube trays again because you are going to pour your extra stock in there. Nothing worse than a recipe that call for 1 cup of stock and 3 cups left over. Waste no longer. Freeze it by pouring the extra in ice cube trays. Once everything has turned into a solid, pop em out and store in a freezer safe baggie.
So there you have it. Some tips worth sharing on how to save time and money when it comes to food prep and storage. Best part, you probably already have all of the items you need to be a successful hacker in your own kitchen.
Now get in there and make some shit that’s worth saving!