50 Best Tips For The Kitchen! (Part 1)

Kitchen tips are always handy to have and make you look like a kitchen whizz and a know-it-all goddess! Below are the first 25 tips. I found these on a site called www.lifehackery.com but I have adapted it somewhat to my own experience and a few tips I have gathered myself!

1. Smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic? Well just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odour!

2. Fresh coffee beans can also absorb nasty odours from your hands.

3. If you happen to over-salt a pot of soup (this used to be my biggest curse when cooking), just drop in a peeled potato. The potato will soak up the excess salt.

4.When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking. There’s nothing worse than soggy boiled eggs because the water got into the cracks.

Soggy, cracked boiled egg

5. Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. The low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavour of these fussy fruits.

6. To clean cast iron cookware, don’t a use detergent. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.

7. Ah the age-old wisdom of milking curdling if it’s allowed to boil; well, it isn’t true! Milk that has been boiled is perfectly safe to consume.

8. To clean an electric kettle which has calcium build-up on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty. Ta-dah!

9. When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.

10. If you are making gravy and accidentally burn it, pour it into a clean pan and continue cooking it. Add sugar a little at a time, tasting as you go to avoid over-sugaring it. The sugar will cancel out the burned taste.

11. Burned a pot of rice? Just place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavour. Be careful not to scrape the burned pieces off of the bottom of the pan when serving the rice.

12. Before you chop chilli peppers, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy chilli oil. Fogrot to do this before you chopped the chilli? Well then, just pour some lemon juice on your fingers and the acidity will eliminate the spice. There has been a serious amount of times where I have chopped a chilli, carried on doing something else and then rubbed my eye… I do not recommend that experience to anyone.

13. If you are not sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about four inches of water. Fresh eggs that stay at the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh. If it floats, it’s no longer fresh.

14. To banish ants from the kitchen, find out where they are coming in and cover the hole with petroleum jelly. Plug ‘em up! Ants won’t trek through the jelly. If they are coming under a door, draw a line on the floor with chalk. The little bugs also won’t cross a line of chalk. It makes the phrase ‘don’t cross the line’ a little more literal.

15. Before making popcorn on the stove or in an air popper, soak the kernels in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water, than pop as normal. The additional moisture helps the popcorn pop up quicker and fluffier with fewer ‘old maids’.

16.Don’t store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits. Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which cause fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

Banana Ripening Chart

17. To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in with them. They’re friends apparently…

18. If you manage to have some leftover wine at the end of the evening, freeze it in ice cube trays for easy addition to soups and sauces in the future.

19. To clean crevices and corners in vases and pitchers, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. The bubbles will do the scrubbing. Bit like when you take one for a hangover. Scrub away little tablets.

20. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your house plants. The water contains nutrients that your plants will love. Obviously allow the water to cool first before you douse your poor plants in boiling hot liquid!

21. When you clean your fish tank, the water you drain can also be used to water your house plants. The nitrogen and phosphorus in fish droppings make aquarium water a great fertilizer. Basically fish faeces are loved by plants. Who knew!

22. When defrosting meat from the freezer, pour some vinegar over it. Not only does it tenderize the meat; it will also bring down the freezing temperature of the meat and cause it to thaw quicker.

23. The substance in onions that causes your eyes to water is located in the root cluster of the onion. Cut this part out in a cone shape, with the largest part of the cone around the exterior root section.

24. Taking the top layer off of an onion can also reduce the amount of eye-watering misery.

25. Toothpaste is a great silver cleaner.

Final 25 tips are to follow!

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