9 Super-Simple Kitchen Hacks

These tricks help you solve nine common kitchen dilemmas

Lemon peel is a great deodorizer; put some in the bottom of your trash can to eliminate odors.

There are a few things that happen in your kitchen that are just plain frustrating; little bits of food still stuck to the blade of your blender after you wash it (not to mention the mess inside your microwave), Costco-size condiment bottles that won’t fit in the refrigerator door, and little bits of egg shell where they’re not supposed to be (like your omelet or cake batter), to name a few.

Luckily, you don’t have to be frustrated for long; blogger Alexis Kornblum of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen has some simple solutions that use common items that you already have at home like lemons, plastic wrap, or a fork.

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My favorite? Number four; not only does trick make cleaning your microwave a cinch but it deodorizes at the same time. Say goodbye to smoky, leftover chili smell!

For more tips or for delicious and healthy recipes, be sure to check out Lexi’s blog.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

Kitchen Hacks: 31 Clever Ways To Organize And Clean Your Kitchen

For many families, entertaining and eating is done right in the kitchen, which means that not only do you want a clean kitchen for cooking, but you&rsquoll also want space for having company over. For those that have small kitchens, having the space necessary means making use of every nook and cranny. Of course you could remodel your kitchen, but that wouldn&rsquot be very Lifehack-like.

These simple kitchen hacks will help you maximize your storage space, allowing you to keep your kitchen organized&hellip but that&rsquos not all! I&rsquom going to be throwing in some handy kitchen hacks that make cleaning super simple and quick! When it comes to cleaning around the house, the kitchen should be your priority. Why? Because it&rsquos where the FOOD is! And who wants the place where they store and eat their food to be disgusting?

Check out the following 30 ways to organize and clean your kitchen!

9 Restaurant Kitchen Hacks That Will Save You Time At Home

1. Peel Several Eggs At Once

Peeling hard boiled eggs individually can be painstaking work, especially if you need to peel several of them at once! To make potato salad or egg salad easier, here’s a helpful hack for peeling them all at once.

Place up to 6 hard boiled eggs in a shallow plastic container, then fill the container about halfway full of water. Put the lid on tightly, then shake the container about 30 times to shatter the shells and knock them loose.

Then open the container, use the water to help remove any remaining bits of shell from the eggs, and voila! You’ll have perfectly peeled eggs in less time than ever. :-)

2. Hot Pepper Protection

Most restaurant chefs slip on a pair of disposable gloves to protect their hands when handling hot peppers like habaneros. But if you don’t have disposable gloves or want a waste-free option, try using a little olive oil instead!

Before you start slicing and dicing your hot peppers, pour a teaspoon or so of olive oil into your hand. Rub your hands together like you’re washing them, and make sure to get some of that oil under your fingernails too.

Once you’re oiled up, go ahead and cut your peppers. The thick olive oil will act as a barrier between your skin and the natural oils of the pepper, and once you’re done, just wash your hands thoroughly to wash away both the pepper oils and the olive oil!

3. Peel Garlic Effortlessly

Planning to make a batch of pesto, or some other recipe that requires a lot of fresh garlic? Make it easier for yourself by placing the unpeeled cloves of garlic in a container of water overnight.

After a night of soaking, you’ll be able to push the skins right off the cloves with little to no effort. Even soaking garlic cloves in water for a few minutes will make them easier to peel, though overnight will yield the best results.

4. Chill Your Plastic Wrap

I’m sure we’ve all had enough rage-inducing plastic wrap encounters to understand how frustrating it can be to handle! But you can make it much easier to deal with by storing it in your fridge rather than at room temperature.

Chilled plastic wrap is a bit more rigid and less prone to folding over on itself. This simple storage swap is sure to save you plenty of time and frustration!

5. Slicing Soft Cheeses

Soft cheese like goat cheese can be tricky to slice neatly without smashing them in the process. So set your kitchen knife aside and grab some sewing thread instead!

A long piece of thread (or dental floss) is a great tool for cutting soft cheeses. It makes a clean cut and requires less force, so you can get clean slices without smashing your cheese.

6. Rapidly Ripen Avocados

Need ripe avocados fast, but you can only find ones that are still rock hard? Bury it in flour. Like other tactics, the flour amplifies the avocado’s ethylene emissions. It also has the added effect of absorbing excess moisture, producing an avocado that’s perfectly ripe, green, and creamy rather than one that’s brown and squishy.

7. Roll Your Bacon

Due to the compression happening in the package, it can be tricky to separate strips of bacon without pieces ripping apart or clumping together. But you can make your bacon easier to separate later by rolling the package lengthwise and securing it with a rubber band before storing it in your fridge.

8. Grating Soft Cheeses

Grating soft cheeses (or any cheese that’s a bit warm, for that matter) can turn into a smeary mess! Before grating your cheese, place it in your freezer for about 30 minutes. This will help it firm up enough to make grating easier!

9. Skim Fat From Soups

Quickly skim fat from soups and stews with the help of an ice cube! Drop an ice cube into your pot of soup or stew, and as it melts, the fat will condense and congeal on the surface, making it easy to skim off!

Do you have any favorite kitchen hacks that save you time or effort?

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Meal prepping is crucial to keep you on track throughout the week, eliminating the excuses or need to buy on the go, fast food or take out. Once you get into a meal prepping routine, healthy homemade lunches and dinners become a breeze. If you have never meal prepped before, check out these chicken meal prep ideas and mason jar salads to get you started along with your recipes and meal plan.

Cooking up large batches of healthy fridge/freezer friendly meals is a great way to manage your workload and juggle feeding a family throughout a busy week. Having a nourishing home cooked meal to hand saves time and stress at the end of a long day. Prepare quinoa, rice, and roasted vegetables in bulk and dice all vegetables in advance to have them ready to cook. Cook chicken and fish in bulk to have ready to reheat for week.

Make an orange candle.

Want to knock someone’s socks off at a dinner party or a date? This kitchen hack is for place settings, not for food preparation, but it still involves food. Instead of grabbing a candle and putting it on the dinner table, why not grab an orange instead?

Yes, oranges can be made into candles, and quite simply too. Start by slicing your orange in half. Do not slice through the part where the stem was—that part will become your “wick” inside the orange, so you want to slice perpendicularly to that part. Next, remove the flesh from inside the orange, but be careful not to remove the part that sticks out inside where the stem used to connect. This becomes the “orange wick.” Now, pour a little oil into the orange half. Olive oil works great. Then use a lighter and light the “wick.” You will have an orange half acting as a candle, burning the oil.

You can get fancy with this by cutting the orange half with patterns edges. Or you can take the other half and remove the flesh from it as well, and then use it to cover the bottom half. Cut a hole on top so that the flame is uncovered. Make the whole fancy if you want. The orange candle looks beautiful, luminous and clever, and will impress anybody who eats with you.

9 Kitchen Hacks for Easier Cooking

Are you new to cooking and need some kitchen confidence? These simple tips and tricks will help.

New to the kitchen? Here are my nine key pieces of advice to set yourself up for success, plus one of my favorite, easy dinner recipes from my cookbook Healthyish.

  1. Read the whole recipe before you begin, noting what equipment you’ll need. It can be helpful to pull out the pots and pans you’ll need to make cooking go smoothly.
  2. Be nice to yourself. Maintain a balance of trying new things and giving yourself permission to take it easy.
  3. Do any dishes that are in the sink before you start cooking.
  4. Prep the ingredients before you start cooking.
  5. Cooking gets easier over time. A recipe not coming out as expected is notਊ reflection of you.
  6. If you’re making a recipe that calls for the oven to be preheated, do it the second you start prepping. This way, it’ll be at the correct temperature and you won’t waste time.
  7. Put a damp paper towel under your cutting board to secure it to your countertop.
  8. Place a mixing bowl on your work area to use as a waste bin for easy cleanup. This way, you won’t always be reaching for the trash can.
  9. Use a bigger cutting board, mixing bowl, or colander than you think you need.

One-Pan Crispy Chicken with Herbed Potatoes and Onions

I love this kind of recipe—you put in 15 minutes of prep work on the front end, and then sit back and relax while the oven does the rest. If you want to pick just one herb, I suggest rosemary.

2½ to 3 pounds new potatoes, cut into ½-inch pieces (about 8 cups)

2 ਏresh rosemary branches

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 chicken legs (about 3 lbs/1.4 kg total)

1. Preheat your oven to 425ய, with a rack positioned in the top of the oven.

2. Toss the potatoes, onion, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lemon, and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.

3. Mix the mustard and butter together in a small bowl. Gently loosen the skin of the chicken and rub the mustard-butter underneath. Season the chicken legs with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.

4. Place the chicken legs on top of the potatoes and nestle them in so they’re secure. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken registers 160யਊnd the potatoes are golden brown and tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour.

5. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the chicken to reach 165ய and for the juices to redistribute. Serve hot.

9 Kitchen Hacks That Actually Work

I love good kitchen hack. Anything to make my life easier is much appreciated.

Today I&rsquom sharing my tried-and-true kitchen tips and tricks. They&rsquore ones that I actually use and love. Some of them I&rsquove been utilizing since I was a teen!

Alright, let&rsquos get to the hacks!

1 - Removing an eggshell fragment

This is one of those hacks that I thought wouldn&rsquot work because it seemed too good to be true. I was wrong!

Simply use a larger piece of eggshell to scoop up those pesky little fragments. It feels like magic.

2 - Use a spoon to skin a kiwi

This trick works best if your kiwi is ripe (not rock hard).

First, slice the ends off of a kiwi. Slide a spoon under the skin, and run it all the way around the kiwi, keeping it as close to the skin as possible without breaking through the skin.

You&rsquoll be able to slide the skin right off!

Then just slice and serve.

3 - Hands-free pouring

This is kitchen hack that I&rsquove been using since I was a teen.

Cuff the top of a zippered plastic storage bag down around itself. This keeps the bag open and stable while you pour food into it!

4 - Neatly line a pan with parchment paper

This is something I learned from Christina of Dessert For Two.

Shoving parchment paper into a pan can be frustrating. To combat this, flip your pan upside down and wrap the parchment paper around the outside of it. Think of it like wrapping a present. Make sure to crease all of the edges well.

Now flip the pan and parchment paper around. You&rsquoll have to do a bit of maneuvering and adjusting, but the parchment paper will fit in neatly.

5 - Quickly soften butter

If you forget to take butter out of the fridge to soften, don&rsquot fret! You can get it to soften faster by chopping it into smaller pieces. Bonus points if you set it in a warm spot in your kitchen!

6 - Bring eggs to room temperature quickly

Along the same lines, you can quickly warm eggs to room temp by placing them in a bowl and covering them with very warm (not hot) water. Let them sit for about 5&ndash10 minutes while you prep the rest of your recipe.

7 - Easily remove pomegranate seeds

As I described in my Pomegranate 101 post, it&rsquos easy to get the arils of a pomegranate out by using a wooden spoon! First slice your pomegranate in half around the middle. Then hold it upside down over a bowl, and whack the back of it with a wooden spoon. The seeds will pop out!

8 - Evenly portion muffin batter

Use an ice cream scoop to evenly portion out muffin batter. The kind with the trigger release makes it easy to transfer the batter to the muffin tin: no trying desperately to get the batter off of a spoon.

9 - Prevent potatoes from browning

This is a trick I learned from my mom. If you want to peel your potatoes in advance, simply cover them with cold water to prevent them from browning. Your potatoes might retain a bit more water if they&rsquore left overnight in the fridge like this. But if you&rsquore making mashed potatoes with them, you probably won&rsquot be able to tell the difference.

So those are some of my favorite kitchen hacks that actually work for me. If you have any tips or tricks of your own, please share in the comments!

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Rhiannon loves to cook and bake but has also never said "no" to a takeout burrito (see, she's just like you!). Despite slowly running out of room in her cabinets, she continues to expand her collections of cookbooks and kitchen gadgets and is deeply jealous of people who can just "whip something up" without a recipe. When she's not in the kitchen, you can find her camping and hiking with her husband and rescue dog, Waffles.