It seems almost every day we all have in the kitchen ‘AH HA!’ moments and think “Man I need to tweet or post about this trick!”. Then there are days when we do what are seemingly normal actions that we only come to find out that it’s only you or your family that know these things. I’ve put together some of my favorite kitchen hacks that either I’ve known for years or found out from friends or social media.
In this edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer I’m going to share with you some of my favorite kitchen hacks. Hopefully this gathering will help you out and make life a lot easier in the one room that most of us spend the majority of our time in; the kitchen.
→ Easily get honey, peanut butter, syrups and molasses out of a measuring container:
Coat measuring cups with nonstick spray before measuring sticky ingredients like honey, syrups, and peanut butter. The ingredients just slide out with little to no residue in the measuring cup!
→ Extend the life of your bananas
Keep bananas fresher, longer by wrapping the end of the bunch with plastic wrap. Better yet, separate each banana. The plastic wrap blocks ethylene gases from releasing out of the stem, consequently ripening the fruit too fast.
→ Prevent brown sugar from hardening and clumping
Help brown sugar stay soft and scoopable by tossing in a slice of apple along with the sugar into an airtight container. For a quick fix, microwave brown sugar next to a small glass of water. The moisture within the microwave will help break up the block of sweetener.
→ Dental floss in the kitchen
Keep unflavored floss in your kitchen for cutting cakes, soft cheeses, cinnamon rolls, and other soft foods.
→ Storing cupcake liners
→ Removing pumpkin seeds
Use a melon baller to remove pumpkin seeds
→ Storing packaged spaghetti
Empty out a Pringles Can and store your spaghetti in the can.
→ Cutting Cherry and Grape Tomatoes
Stop wasting time slicing cherry tomatoes individually. Take two plastic lids, fill one lid with cherry tomatoes, top with the second, and carefully slice horizontally with a knife.
→ Regrow your green onions
→ Make egg peeling easier
Add baking soda or vinegar to water when boiling eggs for easier shell removal. Both substances permeate the eggshells and help the albumen (that’s fancy speak for egg whites) separate from the shell.
→ Keep asparagus fresh
Trim the ends of asparagus stalks and store them upright in a jar with the cut ends in water. Cover the exposed stalks with a plastic bag and refrigerate. Change the water if it looks cloudy.
→ Storing fresh mushrooms
To prevent mushrooms from going slimy, store them in a paper bag in your refrigerator (and don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them).