29 Awesome Kitchen Hacks and Cooking Tips

We should be cooking the majority of our own meals if we want to be as healthy as possible, and there are a number of cooking you should learn to make navigating your way around the much easier. Even if you are no Martha Stewart, making small changes and incorporating simple and tricks into your daily life can help not only make the cooking process easier, but even more enjoyable. 

As with most things in life, finding little shortcuts and hacks is always possible. Why not save time where and when you can? In addition to the time saved with these hacks, they will make your food more delicious and professional. Below is a list of some of the best cooking tips to try with your next meal. 

 

Use the Backside of a Cupcake Pan for Mini Taco Bowls

Just put small pieces of tortilla shaped into a bowl onto the back of the cupcake pan as pictured. It will create a tiny tortilla bowl, perfect for dipping!

Store Lettuce with Paper Towel

This will keep it from browning prematurely because the paper towel will absorb excess moisture.

Always Use the Best Onion for the Job

Each onion lends itself differently to certain dishes and uses in the kitchen. Be sure you know which onion to use!

Make Your Own Dressings

All you need is olive oil and your favorite spices to make a much healthier alternative to store-bought dressings.

Place Wooden Spoon Over Pot to Keep It from Boiling Over

You won’t have to worry about leaving the room for a few minutes, only to come back and have the water sizzling all over your stove top. The spoon destabilizes the bubbles that occur during the boiling process, causing them to subside.

Take Off Top Stem of Avocado to See If It Is Ripe

Take off the tiny little brown stem at the top of the avocado. If the color is bright green underneath, you know it is ready to eat!

Keep Burgers from Getting Too Thick During Cooking

Make an indent in the center of the patty to prevent it from getting too thick during cooking.

Wet Fingers Before Removing Egg Shells

You will be amazed at how much easier you can grab those little egg shell shards.

Store Salads in a Jar

Put the dressing on the bottom, then layer with lettuce, fruits or veggies, and toppings. You won’t have to worry about it getting soggy, and you can take the jars on the go!

Prevent Ice Cream From Hardening with Plastic Bags

Putting the container in a plastic bag before putting it in the freezer will keep it nice and soft for serving.

Grate Butter

If you hate having to closely monitor the distribution of butter in your pan or pot, grate it first using a cheese grater. This also helps it melt more quickly.

Run Bacon Under Cold Water Before Cooking

This will reduce shrinking by up to 50%!

Serve Ice Cream with A Knife

Run the container under warm water, empty the contents onto a plate, and slice into individual portions to distribute to your party guests.

Use Waffle Maker for Hash Browns

Form the diced or shredded potatoes into patty shapes, heat in waffle maker, and voila! Perfectly cooked hash browns.

Use Cookie Cutters for Fried Eggs

Your kids will think you are super, super talented. You can also use onion rings or slices of bell pepper.

Freeze Leftover Wine for Cooking Later

Just because wine isn’t good enough to drink doesn’t mean it isn’t good enough to cook with!

Freeze Leftover Egg Whites

Then you can use them later for individual recipes as needed.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Keep Cut Avacados from Browning

If you only want to eat one half of an avocado and save the rest, drizzle some vinegar over the unused half and wrap in plastic wrap. 

Open Jars with Bottle Opener

Don’t have a can opener on hand? No problem! Use a pointed-tip or rounded bottle opener to apply pressure to the lid and break the vacuum seal.

Substitute Coconut Oil for Vegetable Oil

It is much healthier and adds a touch of flavor.
Freeze Cookie Dough Balls
You can make individual treats whenever you want without having to make an entire batch.

Store Cookies with Apple Wedge To Keep Them Moist

Because they never taste nearly as good than when they first come out of the oven.

Pour Water Over Guac to Keep Fresh

Pouring a small layer of water over your guacamole will help keep it fresh longer than just plastic wrap or squeezing lime juice in it. When you’re ready to serve it again, simply pour the water out.

Make Your Own Mayo

Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Whisk for 30 seconds or until blended and bright yellow. Slowly add 1/4 cup of oil to the yolk mixture, a few drops at a time, while blending.

Use Floss to Slice Cheese

You won’t have to fight with a knife every time you want to make a simple cheese plate for guests.

Use Empty Wine Bottle As Rolling Pin

The smooth, perfectly round surface is great for rolling dough evenly.

Use Two Plates to Cut Tiny Fruit or Veggies

Place the fruits or veggies in between the two plates, apply some pressure, and slide your knife in between them. You’ll have perfectly sliced produce without having to worry about cutting your fingers.

Ripen Bananas by Putting Them in the Oven

Works best at 400 degrees.

Shred Chicken with a Mixer

It makes it easier to create the perfect chicken salad or for enchiladas.

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