I’m the first to admit – I love a good life tip, kitchen tip, or homeschool tip. I’m forever scouring my books or the internet, looking for tips and tricks to do things quicker or easier.
If I find one I really like, I’ll try it. I have found some of my favorite ways of doing things this way!
For example, when my kiddos were little, especially my oldest two, we had one awful time trying to get their hair washed. They would cry when the water would go over their face or in their eyes. It didn’t matter what we tried, bath time was HARD!
So, one day I was reading through Woman’s Day magazine (before the internet was popular!) and they had a tips section (early life hacks?!). One woman wrote in that she used swimming goggles for her kids with the same problem and told them they were “magic goggles.”
You could almost see the light bulb go on over my head! That day I went to the dollar store and bought two pair. That night we tried them out!
*Cue the Hallelujah Chorus*!! It was awesome! They didn’t cry at all – and loved their “magic goggles” that helped them “see underwater!” I was HOOKED on tips from then on!
Today, I wanted to start a sharing a few of the tips I have in a post here and there. Hopefully you’ll enjoy these tips as much as I do – and maybe you’ll even share with me your favorite tips!
10 QUICK KITCHEN TIPS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
Add mustard to your omelet.
If you’re like me, when you read that you’ll go “EWWWW!” But I’m here to tell you – TRY it. All you have to put is 1/4 teaspoon of Dijon or other “fancy” mustard per egg in the omelet and mix in when you scramble them. It will make the eggs the right consistency and add a flavor that you won’t believe!
Chop your veggies.
If you want your veggies to cook completely, chop them smaller than normal. The tinier they are, the more evenly they’ll cook.
Keep your lettuce crunchy – with a plate!
When you make a salad, in the bottom of the bowl, before you put in the ingredients, put a plate upside down. After washing your lettuce, dry as much as you can then put everything in the bowl. Even if water collects at the bottom, the lettuce will be on the plate and away from the moisture… no more wilted lettuce!
Turn green tomatoes red.
If you have a tomato that isn’t quite ripe, put it into a brown paper bag with an apple and close it tight. Before you know it, you’ll have a gorgeous red tomato!
Double the frosting, single the price.
If you don’t have time to make your own frosting, but you’re using a can of store bought, there’s a quick way to make it fluffy and double the amount. Scrape it into a bowl and then blend it with a hand mixer. This adds air to the frosting, making it fluffier, and doubling the volume. It looks like more and you save on calories too!
Non-slip stirring spoons.
To keep your utensils you use while cooking from slipping down into the pot, attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the handle. You can do this and safely rest the spoon on the top of the pot without worrying about it slipping down.
Clean as you go.
Not sure how much of a hack this will be for most of you, but it is a great suggestion to keep the kitchen cleaner as you cook. Keep a jar / glass / bowl / pan of warm soapy water handy when you are cooking. Then, as you use a utensil or a pot or whatever, drop it into the water. If you need it again, all you have to do is rinse it and it’s good to go! AND – bonus – you’re cleanup goes twice as fast!
No more fishy smell.
If you are frying fish, you know what happens to the house – smells like the ocean at low tide! BUT – if you add a tablespoon of peanut butter to the pan while frying, it will absorb the fish odor without affecting the taste of the dish. I know – sounds weird – but it works!
Make your own fancy flavored coffee.
This is a great way to save money in the kitchen – no cooking involved! If you have vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon, or even ground up nuts, you can flavor your own coffee grounds. Simply add 1/4 teaspoon of the flavoring of your choice to the grounds for 6 cups of coffee. Experiment with strength and flavor to get it just right for your taste buds. Also, you could give a couple of bags of coffee, plus a few flavorings and instructions as a gift for “Make Your Own Flavor” basket.
Eggs-tra egg time.
Okay – I know – bad pun. But this is a great idea to make those expensive eggs last longer in your kitchen. Store them upside down (pointy side down, rounded side up) to make them last longer. Great tip if you don’t buy eggs often.
So there are my first 10 tips – what do you think? Are there any you might use?
Let me know below what your thoughts are – and if you have tips I may not know about. I will be sharing lots of tips over the next few weeks that may help you and save you money too!
Until next time!