10 Killer Cooking Hacks For You!

Finding shortcuts in the kitchen can save you money, energy, and time while also making the whole cooking experience more enjoyable. Here are 10 killer cooking hacks that will make your time in the kitchen easier.

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Cut the Acidity of Tomatoes

If you’re like most families or amateur cooks, pasta and tomato sauce are staples in your kitchen and on your dinner tables. Fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, and sauces have different levels of acidity and can really vary in flavor profiles. If you find yourself making a sauce or adding fresh tomatoes to a dish and it is too acidic, there are a couple of tricks to cut it back. Try adding a pinch of sugar, some grated cheese, or milk/cream to the recipe. This will cut the tomatoes acidity and make the dish more balanced in flavor.

Double It

If you are seeking to stretch your dollar and cut your time in the kitchen, chose recipes that serve double-duty and can be eaten in a variety of ways. Chili, for instance, can be eaten straight, over pasta or on hot dogs. Once you find a good multi-purpose recipe; double it. Freeze what you don’t eat quickly. It will save you time and money.

The Amazing Non-Stick Spray

Non-stick cooking spray can be used in a variety of ways beyond the obvious. You can spray measuring cups and bowls before using them to make sure ingredients slide right out. You can also spray wraps and and foil before freezing items. This will keep the wrap and foil from sticking when they freeze.

Baking Soda Everywhere

Baking soda has a lot of uses. You’re probably already aware of its use in the freezer and refrigerator to absorb odors, but it also is found in many recipes and can even be used to create self-rising flour in the event you don’t have yeast. Another good trick; use baking powder and water to get the smell of onions or garlic off your hands.

Cut Down Trips to the Trash

Keeping a bowl for all of your cuttings, scraps and trash handy while you do prep work can save a lot of time walking back and forth to the trash can. If you don’t believe it, try tracking how much time you spend going back and forth next time you are cooking. You’ll be amazed.

Boiling Water

Boiling water is a part of so many recipes and who hasn’t stood there waiting for the water to boil while people go hungry? A good idea for eliminating the wait is to make sure the tap water is as hot as possible before filling the pot. This will cut the heat time drastically. Also, think about setting the pot of water on the stove before you even start cooking. This way it will be ready for you when the time comes. Just be careful not to allow it to boil over or evaporate.

No More Tears

To reduce the amount of gases released by onions when you cut them, put them in the freezer for ten to fifteen minutes before cutting. And always remember to breath through your mouth when cutting. Both of these tricks will cut down the tears.

Garlic Whack

You’ve probably seen chefs do this on television; before cutting garlic cloves, place the flat side of the knife down on top of it and give it a good whack. This will allow you simply pull the skin off for easier cutting.

Prep Work

Take a page out of a professional chef’s playbook and do your cutting and prep-work in advance of actually getting to the steps of cooking. By separating out the tasks and doing them in advance, you’ll find yourself much more prepared to focus on the cooking tasks and really follow recipes more closely. Stopping to cut, chop, mix and dice while trying to cook can break momentum and create stress.

Mise en Place

This is an old cooking term that builds on the prep work theme above. It’s a French phrase that means “everything in its place.” It’s a great rule to live by in the kitchen. Keeping an organized and logical cooking station where everything has its place and is set up in advance, can drastically cut the time you spend looking for things, traveling back and forth to the drawers, cabinets, and trash.

Hala Mansourie is a Geek and Arabic and English food blogger. Online content manager for Shahiya.com a Leading arabic recipe website in the Middle East.

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Comments

  1. Maria Iemma says:

    I love your tips. I usually make double of everything and freeze one but you have expanded on that giving us great ideas to save time and aggravation when we need to streamline the cooking process.

  2. I think you have the same plates as my mom’s mom. Haha! Anyways, those are very handy tips. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Great tips, thanks for sharing!
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  4. Jeri Accardo says:

    Those are some really GREAT tips for the kitchen! Thanks a Bunch!

  5. I’m shocked that I know almost everyone of these tips! Well, I have been cooking since I was a child. I need to do it more often now.
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  6. As a lazy garbage person myself in addition to collecting my bowl of cuttings while I’m chopping during my cooking, AFTER it’s all said and done – (like after dinner) what can’t be send down the garbage disposal, I’ll put into a plastic container and store it in the fridge until the day before garbage day so my kitchen doesn’t get stinky…
    yeah sometimes I DO forget, but it’s ok… at least it’s not stinking up my kitchen… :)

    good helpful tips by the way – thanks!

  7. Terri K (@tkharmonic) says:

    Clean as you go, it’s one of my first things I learned and one of the first things I taught my son.

  8. Pam Brown Margolis says:

    Thanks for sharing some good tips.
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  9. Rebecca Trotter says:

    A money saving hack that I recently discovered is a new way to use those pork country ribs that are on sale all the time. If you slice them thinly, they can be used for stir fry or tacos. They are really tender and since you cut off the excess fat as you go, they are pretty lean as well.

  10. Susie @Bowdabra says:

    Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your yummy cooking idea! Stop by again next week and link up another awesome project!

    Have a great week!
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