No matter whether you’re a seasoned pro or a relative newbie, we could all use a helping hand in the kitchen from time to time! And while I can’t be there to lend an actual hand to you while you cook, what I can do is offer up some clever kitchen hacks that will save you time and effort! And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing in today’s post. :-)
I shared another set of time-saving kitchen hacks in November of last year, so this post is going to be a “Part 2” to that one. (If you missed the original post, make sure to check it out by following the link below!) From saving scorched gravy to scooping up broken eggshells, the tips I’ll be sharing today will help you save time, energy, and (maybe most importantly) stress on all sorts of different tasks in the kitchen1
11 More Time-Saving Kitchen Hacks
1. Save Scorched Gravy
If your gravy gets scorched on the bottom, pour it into a clean pan and continue cooking it over low heat. Add a pinch of sugar to help cancel out the burnt taste, adding another pinch or two if necessary until you’re happy with the flavor.
2. Crisp Softened Veggies
If the cucumbers, radishes, celery or carrots in your fridge have gone a bit soft, there’s a simple way to make them crisp again. Slice the veggies up and place them in a colander, along with a couple handful of ice cubs and a pinch of salt. Toss it all together and place the colander inside a bowl. Place the bowl in your fridge for an hour or so, then pat your crisp and crunchy veggies dry.
3. Prevent Stale Bread
To help prevent a loaf of bread from going stale, put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up.
4. Revive Wooden Spoons
If your wooden spoons don’t exactly look (or smell) like they used to, boil the spoons in a pot of water for a minute or two. Place the spoons out in the sun to dry completely, then treat them with a wood conditioner to restore smoothness and shine.
5. Safer Toasted Sandwiches
When making toasted sandwiches, place two pieces of bread in a single toaster slot. You’ll end up with bread that’s toasted on one side but soft in the middle, so it won’t tear up your mouth while you eat it. For 10 more brilliant sandwich hacks, read the post at the link below!
6. Scoop Out Broken Eggshells
Got a few pieces of broken eggshell in your eggs or batter? Use half of an eggshell to scoop the pieces out. Eggshell pieces like to stick together, so you’ll be able to scoop up shell pieces quickly and easily. Get more baking hacks at the link below.
Related: 24 Useful Baking Hacks
7. Keep Sour Cream Fresh
To keep sour cream or cottage cheese fresh, store it upside-down in your fridge! Inverting the container creates a vacuum, which will help reduce the chance of mold or bacteria growing on the surface.
8. Freshen Your Hands
Certain food odors tend to linger on your hands after you’ve touched them, including the smell of garlic, onions, and fish. You can use a stainless steel utensil or surface to rid your hands of lingering food odors, simply by rubbing your hand over the steel!
9. Unstick Stacked Glass
If two stacked glasses or bowls gave gotten stuck together in your cabinet, there’s an easy fix for that! Fill the top item with ice, and submerge the bottom item in a bowl of warm water. The bottom item will expand and the top item will contract, then you’ll be able to pull them apart easily.
10. Simple Spreadable Butter
To make super spreadable butter for toast or corn-on-the-cob, whip a room temperature stick of butter together with a small amount of water. Not only does this trick make the butter light and spreadable, but the added volume should also make it last longer!
11. Keep Greens Fresh
Keep your lettuce and greens fresher for longer in the fridge by storing them in a ziplock bag along with a dry paper towel. The paper towel will help absorb excess moisture, keeping the greens fresh and crisp instead of limp and wilted.
What’s your best time-saving kitchen tip?