5 Top Kitchen Tips and Tricks
No matter how many years you have spent in the kitchen, or how organized you think it is, things can be simpler. There are so many times that after doing something I have to stop and ask myself, “Why did I do it the hard way?” I usually don’t answer myself, (I’m not that crazy yet) but I realize that sometimes the way that is habit isn’t always the most efficient. That is why I am sharing my 5 top kitchen tips and tricks with you today. I know that you want a more productive kitchen. These all work wonders for me. I know they will do the same for you.
Preventing Microwave Splatters
Heating up something that you know will probably splatter? This happens to me a lot, especially when heating up small batches of tomato sauce or other condiments. The solution? Invert a basket-style coffee filter over your small glass measuring cup while you heat in the microwave.
Reviving Stale Marshmallows
Marshmallows have a tendency to become hard and stale over time. Once you open the bag, it seems that in no time they are unusable. To restore their softness simply place the hard marshmallows and 1 slice of bread in an airtight container. After 24 hours, the marshmallows will be soft and ready for snacking or floating on hot chocolate again.
*Note: Discard the bread after 24 hours is up.*
Funnel in a Flash
How is this for a good use for junk mail?
To create a funnel to fill small kitchen tools such as a pepper mill or salt shaker without spilling, simply snip the sealed corner from an envelope. Use the open top (where your letter would usually go) to funnel the small ingredients into your container. Toss, or compost if you don’t have or remove the plastic window from the envelope first, once you are done.
Pantry Staple Toasted Nuts
When summer and my herb garden are in full swing, I love making pesto. Some of my favorite recipes call for toasted pine nuts. I really hate to heat up the entire kitchen on a hot summer day for just a small amount of nuts for one recipe. So, when it comes time to start making pesto, I toast more than enough for a few batches.
Place nuts in a single layer on a large cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely. Transfer to a zipper-lock baggie and store in the freezer.
*Note: These will not stay crisp in texture, so do not pre-toast nuts for salads or other recipes needing crunch.*
Keeping the Lid On
I love my Purex casserole dishes. While Pyrex is coming out with more and more travel-ready products, I have my Mom’s old-school, fall-themed color 2-quart dish that I just love to use. It’s a conversation starter. Take it to a family gathering and I will hear at least once, “Hey isn’t that your mom’s dish?” All I need to make sure that the lid stays securely in place in transit are a couple of rubber bands.
Secure one rubber band to the handle of the lid. Stretch this one over the side handle of the dish. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the dish. Once it has safely arrived at your destination, simply remove the rubber bands and save them for the trip back home.5 Top Kitchen Tips and Tricks to make your kitchen more productive and fun! http://wp.me/p6ZMLa-1i4 Click To Tweet
These simple tricks have made working in my kitchen much more productive, and more fun. I hope that you can implement one or more of these 5 Top Kitchen Tips and Tricks in your own kitchen today.