25 Brilliant Kitchen Hacks You Need To Try Today

Posted by , Updated on February 23, 2015

Home cooking can be fun and, these days when eating out in restaurants is getting uncomfortably expensive. It can also be a great way to save money. But sometimes, mastering your way around the kitchen can take years of hard work and practice. Fortunately, there are hundreds of little useful tricks and hacks that can help you out a lot. From super smart peeling techniques to bacon ironing, check out these 25 genius kitchen hacks that will turn you into a real master chef.

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Hate pitting cherries by hands? To make it faster and more effective, put the cherry on top of an empty beer bottle and pierce the cherry with a chopstick. The pit drops in the bottle and you have a perfectly pitted cherry.


Separating bananas and wrapping them in plastic wrap make them last longer. If you need the banana to ripen fast, wrap it in newspapers.


Need to peel garlic? Take two bowls of the same size and close the garlic inside. Shake the bowls as hard as you can, your garlic will be peeled in a few seconds.


If you hate peeling potatoes we have a solution for you. Boil the potatoes and then give them a quick ice bath, the skin will separate from the potato and all you have to do is pick it off.


To improve your cherry tomatoes cutting skills, put the tomatoes between two horizontally placed cutting boards (or any two large flat objects). Now you can slice through them all with one move.


If you bake too many cookies and don’t want them to dry out within a few days, place them in a plastic container and add a wedge of apple. The cookies will draw in the apple´s moisture and will last longer.


Has your honey crystallized? No problem. Put the jar in a bowl of hot water and let it stay there for a few minutes.


Trying not to squeeze all the delicious filling out of your cake when cutting? Use dental floss instead. Yes, dental floss, preferably unscented. It also works for pastries, cheeses and other soft food.


If you're missing kitchen tools for baking, improvise. A wine bottle can serve as makeshift rolling pin and an upturned glass can be used to cut out perfectly round biscuits.


To avoid sizzling edges and an ice cold middle when reheating your pasta in a microwave, distribute the pasta in the shape of a doughnut (with a void in the center).


To prevent a pot from boiling over, put a wooden spoon across it. Wood doesn’t conduct heat so the hot water will stray away from the cold spoon.


If pieces of broken eggshell get into the bowl, don’t fish them with your fingers. Use a bigger piece of the eggshell to get them out of the bowl. The shell acts like magnet, attracting all the little pieces to it.


To check if eggs are still fresh and edible, put them in a bowl of cold water. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it's still fresh. If it floats, it's rotten. Over time, the liquid inside the eggs evaporate through the porous shell, leaving a gas bubble. Therefore, the lighter it is, the older it is.


Roll a lemon in your hands for a few seconds before you cut and squeeze it. The pressure will burst the tiny cells of the fruit, allowing you to get more juice out of it.


If you hate seeds falling into your freshly made citrus juice, put the orange, lemon, grapefruit etc. in clean stockings before squeezing. It will capture all the seeds and you can enjoy perfectly seed-free juice.


Ginger is one of the most expensive spices and nobody wants to waste it. Use a spoon to peel it instead of a knife. The skin is not that hard and the spoon takes it off better than the knife.


To avoid crying when cutting onion, put the onion in the fridge for a few minutes before you start cutting it. You can also eliminate the effect by rubbing lemon juice on the knife.


If your oven is not working and you desperately crave cooked bacon, you can still have it. Wrap the bacon in foil and cook it by ironing.


To chill a glass of wine, cocktail or any other drink without diluting it with water, throw a few frozen grapes in the glass instead of ice cubes.


Speaking of frozen grapes…you can also make great spicing agents by freezing herbs in olive oil. Let it freeze in an ice cube tray and use it whenever you want.


To get rid of the unpleasant smell from your hands after cutting garlic, rub them with stainless steel. The steel molecules will bind with the “smelly” sulfur molecules contained in garlic.

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Grill fish on a bed made from lemon slices. It will give the fish a citrus flavor while killing the notorious fishy smell and will also help hold the fish together, preventing fish pieces from falling through the grill.


To avoid cross contamination (spread of bacteria from raw meat to food ready for eating), use one cutting board for cutting meat and another one for cutting fruit and vegetables.


Putting your ice cream into a zip-lock bag will keep it nice and soft, ready for scooping. No more bending your spoons.


If you want to surprise your guests with golden hard boiled eggs, give the eggs a thorough shake before boiling. The egg white will mix up with the yolk, adding a golden-like color to the egg.


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