Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen? If you love to cook (or even if you just really love to eat) you need to have at least a few tricks to speed up your cooking process. Here are 19 cooking hacks that will blow your mind. Go ahead– become a pro in the kitchen!
1. Cool whip shapes
Make shapes out of cool whip with cookies cutters and put them in the freezer. They look adorable in a cup of hot cocoa.
2. Make your own taco shells
Make taco shells by placing tortillas facing down in an oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
3. Salt shaker
Make this cute salt shaker by adding a salt lid to a mason jar. Cute and functional!
4. Make a perfect golden boiled egg every time
Shake a raw egg vigorously for about a minute, then boil it and it will come out golden-colored every single time.
5. Keep the sugar soft
Keep your brown sugar from getting hard by putting some marshmallows or a slice of bread inside the container.
6. Easy grilled salmon
For salmon that doesn’t stick, grill it on top of lemon slices. It will flavor the fish and keep it from sticking to the metal.
7. Lemon water cubes
Freeze slices of lemon and water for instantly cool chilled water with a hint of lemon.
8. Perfect hash browns
Cook hash browns in a waffle iron to make them perfectly crispy and delicious. So easy!
9. Spice boxes
Put spices in old Tic-Tac containers–easy and affordable way to store spices.
10. Keep it soft
Keep ice cream as soft as the first moment it was opened by storing it in a plastic bag in the freezer.
11. Get some extra space
A hidden cutting board saves time and space for all your slicing and dicing needs.
12. Get that smell off
Get the pungent garlic smell off your hands after cutting it by rubbing your hands on something stainless steel for up to one minute.
13. Cut easily
Cut an avocado the right way by slicing it in half, taking out the pit with a knife and then slicing the avocado while its still in the skin. Then just scoop it out with a spoon.
14. Pancake shapes
Make pancakes into any shape you want by using cookie cutters. This is easy, fun and kids will be sure to love it.
15. Herbs and olive oil
Preserve fresh herbs by putting them in ice cub trays with olive oil and freezing them. Then, every time you’re ready for some fresh herbs and oil, pop a cube into a frying pan and you’re on your way!
16. Soak your noodles
Soak noodles for up to an hour or even overnight before cooking them– that way, they’ll only take up to a minute to cook!
17. Keep it from sliding
Put a wet towel or cloth underneath a cutting board to keep it from sliding around when you’re cutting.
18. Nuke your lemons and limes
Get more juice out of lemons and limes by putting them in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.
19. Perfect potato wedges
Get perfect potato wedges by using an apple slicer.