You can thank my sister-in-law, Kristy, for this post. Yesterday on Facebook, she posted a photo of a freezer jam-packed with 79 complete, homemade, nutritious, delicious meals for her family—all ready to thaw, heat and eat. Apparently, she’s spent much of the past week making and freezing enough meals to last more than two months. She’s a busy working mom about to have her fourth kid (I’ll be an aunt! Again!), so she’s trying to get ahead of the dinner game with no-brainer meals. Color me seriously impressed.
Her endeavor got me thinking about how much I love anything that makes my kitchen time easier, cheaper and more efficient. Like, for example, the tip I posted a few months back about how to keep your bananas from turning brown. Or the genius self-cleaning blender trick I now use on a daily basis. So I decided to see what other life-changing kitchen hacks I could find. Here, 11 of them I can’t wait to employ in my own kitchen.
How to keep goop off your cookbooks
Two words: plastic wrap.
How to turn a clothes hanger into a chip clip
via Money Saving Mom
All those freebie hangers clog up your closet, anyway.
How to fold a chip bag to keep food fresh
via Huffington Post
Or, if you don’t have a hanger to sacrifice, try this nifty origami folding method.
How to ripen bananas in the oven
via Foxes Love Lemons
If you don’t like ’em green (what’s wrong with you?) or you need an overripe ‘nanner for a recipe, this is the hack for you.
How to keep ice cream soft
via Full Punch
No more bent spoons!
Seems obvious, but I’ll admit I hadn’t thought of this.
How to fix over-salted soup
via Huffington Post
Dump a bit too much salt in your soup pot? Not to worry. A few potatoes will fix you right up.
How to always have cooking wine on hand
via Bon Appetit
This only works if you sometimes have leftovers from your drinking wine. Proceed accordingly.
How to soften butter quickly
via The Kitchn
Three ways, one result: perfectly softened butter that’s ready for baking.
How to keep celery fresh and crisp longer
via RV Geeks
I throw away so much unused celery! Genius! (Bonus tip: Here’s how to freeze celery.)
How to separate egg yolks with a water bottle
Suction is your friend.