The kitchen. So much happens there in a day, doesn’t it? Chopping, preparing, cooking and baking… and let’s not forget eating! With 3 meals a day along with snacks and any other extras, a person can end up spending a lot of time in the kitchen! That’s why I polled some of my blogger friends for their best unknown kitchen tips – to help make your time in the kitchen that much easier!
Check out these tips!
- Store fresh cut herbs or salad greens in an airtight container or baggie with a paper towel to maintain freshness. Submitted by Holley Grainger of HolleyGrainger.com.
- Grind whole flax seeds in a coffee bean grinder to make your own milled flax seed. Your body is better able to digest the flax when it’s milled or ground. Submitted by Lindsey Janeiro of Nutrition to Fit.
- I grind chia seeds for recipes because I can’t stand them in my teeth! I have a chia jam recipe and peanut butter granola bars on my site with ground chia seeds. Submitted by Betsy Ramirez of Betsy’s Kitchen Table.
- Place eggs in a muffin tin and bake for 30 mins at 325. When done place in ice water for 10 minutes. Peel and eat. Shells slide off. Submitted by Janet Brancato, MS, RD, of Nutopia Nutrition.
- Spray measuring spoons and cups with cooking spray before measuring sticky foods like maple syrup, honey, or peanut butter. They’ll slide right off and you won’t lose any of the ingredient! Submitted by Jessica Levinson of Nutritioulicious.
- I love cooking with garlic, but peeling it can be a pain. Put unpeeled garlic cloves in a large mason jar or a bowl that has a lid, put on the lid on, and shake like crazy for a few minutes. The peels come loose and they are ready to be minced or crushed to add flavor to your meal. Submitted by Diane Norwood of The Wandering RD.
- To clean a spice grinder well between use for sweet and savory spices, pulse some flour to remove the odor. Such as between use for cumin and cardamom. And if one needs to peel a hot potato, pierce it with a fork, hold it upright and peel away the skin with peeler or knife.Submitted by Roxana Begum of The Delicious Crescent.
- Instead of trying in vain to peel garlic, crush it with the side of a knife first and the peel will come off so much easier! Also, your unused avocado half won’t brown as fast if you leave the pit in and cover tightly with Saran Wrap! Submitted by Amanda Field of Field Nutrition.
- Easy tip to get all the tomato paste out of the can without a spatula. Simply open both sides of the can with a can opener. Then push the tomato paste through using one of the ends. Everything will slide right out. Submitted by Sarah Koszyk of Family. Food. Fiesta.
- Make homemade breadcrumbs by microwaving or toasting a couple pieces of bread and then pulsing them in a food processor. You could add spices to that or leave it plain. Easy and quick. Submitted by Rahaf Al AlBochi, RD, LD, of Olive Tree Nutrition.
- Dip cut apples in Sprite to keep them from browning. Submitted by Sylvia White of Parenting Diabetes.
- Wash and freeze whole pieces of ginger and grate them with a microplane or the small side of a box grater. Pop it back in the freezer when you’re done and never waste a knob of ginger again! Submitted by Erin MacGregor of How to Eat.
- Use 1 tbsp of white vinegar and 1.5L of water to wash fruits and vegetables that tend to mold quickly (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries) it kills a natural mold on them and then they tend to last a week longer. Also, don’t store foods that ripen quickly next to apples they give off ethylene gas which ripens them faster. To ripen avocados, peaches, pears or nectarines faster place in a brown bag with apples. And To get garlic smell off your fingers rub them on stainless steel, gets rid of the garlic smell. Submitted by Karyn Sunohara, RD and Chef of For the Love of Food.
- The easiest way to chop a head of Romaine lettuce for a salad. Chop while it is still whole! Slice vertically into segments. Slice crosswise into bite-sized piece. Discard the base. Wash and dry in salad spinner. Submitted by Erica Julson of EricaJulson.com.
Do you have a kitchen tip to add to the list?