Not all of us are born with the talent for cooking, and even fever of us actually have the desire to spend ages in the kitchen. All we really want is to be able to cook the food in the fastest and most delicious way possible so we can eat it quickly and then get on with our lives. That’s precisely why we compiled a list of amazing kitchen life-hacks that are absolutely genius. These kitchen hacks will save you a bunch of time in the kitchen and will make the whole experience much easier, stress-free and much more enjoyable.
1. Cookie Cutter Pancakes
You don’t have to be a brilliant painter or illustrator to make gorgeous pancake shapes. In fact, you don’t have to be able to draw at all. To get fun pancakes just use some cookie cutters. Place them on top of your frying pan and pour the batter inside. Don’t overfill them though, you want to give your pancake batter space to rise, otherwise you’ll end up with a mess.
2. Soft Ice-Cream
If you also hate waiting for your ice-cream to melt a little, but at the same time despise rock hard ice-cream this hack is for you. Just store the ice-cream in the freezer in a ziplock bag. It’ll keep the ice-cream cold, but still soft enough so you won’t bend or break spoons when trying to eat it.
3. Soften Butter Fast
Most people these days will think that the best way to soften butter is to use the microwave. But the microwave is much more likely to melt it in places or completely instead of softening it. The best way to soften butter is to cover it with a warm glass. Your butter will be softened in a matter of minutes.
4. Wash Potatoes Quickly
If you’re planning on cooking jacket potatoes you’re going to have to wash them first. When you’re cooking a large batch that can take a while, cause you really want to scrub them clean and make sure there’s no dirt left on the potato. An easy solution for that is to just use the dishwasher and put it on a rinse cycle.
5. Warm Up Food Evenly
Microwaves are pretty much magic, but they’re not perfect. They will heat up your food in a matter of minutes, but a lot of the time it’ll be uneven. In order to make sure all of your food gets warmed up and not just the edges of the plate – arrange your food in a circle with a well in the middle. This way it’ll warm up evenly and you won’t have any cold pieces.
6. Cook Dry Beans Faster
Cooking dry beans is way healthier and cost effective than buying canned ones, but there’s one downside to it. You usually have to soak them for a couple of hours or overnight. Well, there’s a hack that can cut down that time to just 15 minutes. Put the beans in a microwave safe container, fill it with water and microwave the beans for 15 minutes. That’s it, no more soaking needed you can go straight to boiling from here.
7. Easy Watermelon Bites
Watermelon is the best treat during summer time, but everyone will agree that it can get quite messy. Unless you want to end up with your face and hands fully covered in watermelon juice you should try cutting it this way for easy bite-sized pieces.
8. Egg Freshness Test
Eggs have a relatively long shelf life, but it’s hard to tell exactly when they go bad. By the time they start smelling funky it’s way too late. Yet sometimes they look and smell fine, but they just taste a bit off. Well there’s an easy way to test their freshness. Just put the egg in a glass of water. If it sinks – it’s fresh. If it floats – not so fresh.
9. Nut Butter Hack
If you like organic nut butters, you’ll know that they tend to separate. That happens because there’s not chemicals and preservatives in them to keep them the same consistency. So it’s actually quite natural for them to separate into a nut paste and oil. However if you hate having to mix it in every time you open the jar – just store it upside down.
10. Keep Salad Fresh
If you like your greens, you probably know that they tend to get a bit moist and weird after a couple of days in the fridge. But there’s an easy way to keep them fresh for longer. Just store them in an airtight container with a paper towel inside.
11. Shred Meat In Seconds
Do you love pulled pork sandwiches or shredder chicken in your soup? But you probably hate the process of shredding it, right? Well this hack will change your life. Just use a Kitchenaid and you’ll be done in a matter of seconds.
12. Easy Even Slices
If you’ve ever tried cutting raw meat you know it’s a bit tricky to get even slices. Raw meat slips and slides and kinda moves, which makes it hard to cut even pieces, but there’s a way around that. Just freeze it for 15 minutes to make it a but more solid and then you’ll be able to cut it more easily and evenly.
13. Iced Coffee
If you love iced coffee but hate when it gets watered down you should try this hack. Instead of just freezing water in cubes, try freezing leftover coffee or milk. This way when you add it to your coffee is won’t get watered down at all.
14. Longer Lasting Ice
Bigger ice cubes are way better at chilling a drink for longer. So next time you want to make some ice, consider using a muffin tin, instead of those tiny ice-cube trays. You’ll save yourself some time and you’ll only need one of those muffin tin sized ice cubes per glass, instead of the whole tray of little ones. Consider adding some fruit to it to make it look all pretty too.