Everybody likes to save some time, money and try some creative new ideas. We would like to show you some awesome tips and tricks with which you can make your time in the kitchen fun and entertaining. Here are 15 tricks that are sure to save you time and impress!
Ready for pancakes all the time
Do you love pancakes, but don’t have the time to wait to make the batter? Well, next time you make pancakes make a little extra batter and save it for later. Put the extra batter in a squeezable bottle (a finished ketchup bottle seems to work best) and store the batter in your fridge. This gives you premade batter anytime you want it and the squeezable bottle lets you make that perfectly shaped pancake!
Make your ice cubes clear
Next time you decide to make ice think about making this change. Ice cubes are typically made with room temperature water, which causes them to become cloudy when they freeze. Next time you make ice take a few minutes to boil the water before putting it in the ice tray. When the boiled water freezes the ice cubes should come out completely transparent!
Preserve herbs for later use
There is no need to throw away your herbs when you can use them anytime you like. Chop the herbs into small pieces and put them in an ice cube tray. Next, fill with olive oil. This allows you to freeze your herbs and lets you use your herbs anytime you need them for cooking.
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Ice coffee ice cubes
Do you love coffee, but don’t always want to drink something warm? Do you also hate how when you make your iced coffee the coffee becomes diluted from the ice? Next time you make a pot of coffee don’t throw out the left over coffee. Instead, put the left over coffee into an ice tray and freeze it. This will give you the perfect ice cubes to add to make your iced coffee!
Easily remove corn kernels of the ear
Do you love buying fresh, organic corn on the cob? Do you also hate trying to cut the kernels off the cob without making a mess? Next time you make corn on the cob try this technique when cutting it off the cob. Take a Bundt pan and place the cob in the center hole of the pan. Now when you cut the kernels off they will all fall into the Bundt pan and not create a huge mess!
The easiest way to hull strawberries
Do you hate having to cut the end of your strawberries or having to line that bit up just right? Here is a cool, fast and easy way to hull strawberries. Take a straw, placing it in the center of the leaves, and push down on the strawberry. The leaves will come right out easily.
Save time by saving your pasta sauces
Do you always seem to have left over sauce when you make pasta? Instead of throwing away that sauce save it for later! Pour the left over sauce into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once the sauce is frozen you can put the cubes into a sealable container or freezer bag. Then next time you want to have pasta you already have your sauce made or a nice on-the-go serving sizes!
Chill your wine in a few minutes
Do you want to enjoy a glass of wine, but you forgot to chill it? That’s ok, this simple trick can help you chill your drink in only a few minutes. Put the bottle in the sink and cover it with ice. Next, sprinkle salt over the top of the ice (2 cups should do the trick) and fill the sink with water. In a few minutes you will have a nice, chilled bottle of wine!
Surprise your kids with ice cream made of frozen yogurt
Do your kids love ice cream? Next time try this healthier alternative. All you need is your favorite yogurt and some Popsicle sticks. Simply take the Popsicle sticks and puncture them through the top of the yogurt (don’t remove the seal). You also do the same by pouring the yogurt into a small Dixie cup and covering it with plastic wrap. Then do the same and puncture a hole for the Popsicle stick to go in. Put the yogurt in the freezer and in a few hours you will have homemade “ice cream” for your kids!
Make noodles out of zucchini
Have you ever tried zoodles? Zoodles are a fun, healthy twist on how you can make your pasta! Instead of using noodles for your pasta try using a zucchini. Simply take the zucchini and slice it using a spiral slicer. This will give you the resemblance of a noodle, but give you that healthy twist too!
Get the most from your bananas
Do you like to bananas, but never seem to eat them all before they go bad. Next time as the banana goes starts going brown simply cut it into small pieces and put it in the freezer. Now you have the perfect banana to add to your smoothie and eliminate the need for ice making it taste even better!
Check if your eggs are still fresh
There is nothing more frustrating than using a bad egg. But, there is a way you can check to see if an egg is still fresh. Just put it in a glass with water. If it sinks to the bottom, it is fresh. If one end of the egg rises a little bit, it is still good, but not fresh. If the egg floats, then it’s bad and should not be used.
Juice up your fruit
Next time you decide to squeeze a lemon or lime for some juice, or just want to eat a nice juicy orange try this technique. Take the fruit and place it on the counter. Place your palm over the fruit and start sliding your palm back and forth, rolling the fruit on the counter. Make sure you apply a little pressure to the fruit. Do this for 10 to 15 seconds and you should have a nice, juicy fruit in your hand!
Quick brownies to enjoy
Do you love brownies, but never want to wait the half hour or so it takes for them to cook? Next time try using your waffle iron to make these delicious treats. Simply prepare your brownie mix and pour it into the center of your waffle iron, close and in a few minutes you have your delicious brownies ready to eat!
Easy Hard Shell Taco shells in no time
Next time you decide to make tacos at home try making these easy DIY hard shell taco shells. Simply take a soft shell taco shell and place it in the oven. Make sure that you let each side go through part of the rack so that you get that hard shell shape. Next bake the shells for 7 to 10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. For best results lightly coat the shells with your favorite cooking oil.