When chopping herbs, they tend to fly all over the place. Keep them all on the cutting board by sprinkling the board with coarse sea salt before chopping.
Cooking with molasses, honey or another sticky substance can create quite the mess. To make clean up easier, spray the measuring cup with a non-stick spray and the sticky liquid will come right off.
Pre-mixed salads are perfect for quick dinners. However, they can go bad quickly. To make them last a little longer, flip the container or bag over every two days to prevent moisture from building up at the bottom. The moisture is what makes the salad rot.
Instead of tossing the rind in the trash, put them in a zip-lock bag and save for when you make soup. The added cheese rind will add a ton of flavor.
Carrots and celery tend to lose firmness and moisture over time. But, this doesn't mean they need to be thrown out. Instead, toss them in ice cold water for 30 minutes to revive them.
Zap a lemon or lime for 20 seconds in the microwave to break down the cellular walls. Doing this will make it easier to squeeze the fruit for juicing.
While cutting takes time, running your unwanted pieces from the kitchen to trash can over and over takes even more time. Keep a garbage bowl next to your cutting board to minimize time spent cleaning up.
You can get rid of rust on your pots and pans by scrubbing it with a potato. Slice the potato in half, dip it in coarse salt and rub it on the rust.
The worst thing to happen when you go to make cookies is finding hardened brown sugar. To prevent this from happening, throw the end of a loaf of bread in the bag of brown sugar. The bread's moisture will keep the sugar soft and fresh.
No matter what it is, soup, cookie dough or a casserole, always make extras. The leftovers will be perfect for lunch the next day or you can pop it in the freezer for a quick meal.
If you chop multiple ingredients at once and save them, you'll always be one step ahead on dinner. Getting started is the hardest part and with this tip all you have to do is pull the chopped veggies out of the freezer and get to cooking.
Waiting on your coffee to brew in the morning? Instead of spending that time on Facebook, mash up a banana and get water boiling for a big bowl of oatmeal.
Instead of wasting a bottle of wine or drinking all of it in one sitting, pour the wine in ice cube trays and freeze. Whenever a recipe calls for a little bit of wine, just throw a wine cube in!
Instead of melting butter or waiting for it to reach room temperature, you can easily grate butter into dry ingredients when making pie crusts or other baked goods. The crust will be ready in a flash.
Add chopped herbs and spices to an ice cube tray and top with olive oil. Once frozen, you have instant flavor to add to soups, pastas or anything else.
Place all your smoothie ingredients in individual bags so all you have to do in the morning is blend with ice and water.
Rice or quinoa pairs well with most meats. Make a big batch at once and freeze the rest for later in the week.
This not only saves time, but it also saves money. Put all the chicken in bags, add a little marinade and freeze. When you need it, take it out and cook.
By doing so you'll cut down time spent on thinking about what you want to eat and you can quickly get to preparing. If you know you'll need mashed potatoes for two meals that week, make a big batch and put the rest in the fridge for later that week.
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