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Best Kitchen Hacks – You Need These In Your Life

Best Kitchen Hacks – You Need These In Your Life

Even the gourmetest (is that a word? It is now) of gourmet chefs are looking for ways to simplify their time in the kitchen. Need an easier way to measure Crisco? Or need a way to tell if an egg is still good before cracking it? Look no further! Here I have compiled a list of my best kitchen hacks. And yes, you need these in your life!



1. Measuring Crisco or shortening hack

However much Crisco or shortening you need, put that amount of water into a measuring cup. Spoon out shortening into the water until it doubles. Drain the water. Example: You need 1/2 cup shortening. Put 1/2 water into a measuring cup and spoon shortening into the water until it reaches 1 cup.


2. Want to make buttermilk biscuits, but all out of buttermilk?

Add a tablespoon on vinegar to regular whole milk. It won’t be as thick and creamy as buttermilk, but it will taste the same, nonetheless.


3. Keep pots from boiling over

Place a wooden spoon across a boiling pot to keep it from boiling over and making a mess.


4. Microwave hack

When reheating pasta (or anything in a bowl) in the microwave, leave a hole in the middle to allow for even heating.


5. Need to cut a hunk of meat into thin slices?

Stick it in the freezer until it is about half frozen, then slice. Partially frozen meat slices much better.



6. Can’t tell if your eggs are still good?

Place an egg into a cup of water. If it sinks to the bottom, it is still good. If it stands on its side, it won’t be long before it’s bad. It it floats, throw it out.


7. Want iced coffee without diluting it?

(or if you’re like me, you just need one ice cube to make it the perfect warm temp) Make coffee ice cubes. Brew a pot of Joe and put into ice cube trays. No more watered down coffee!


8. Messy Microwave?

Put a small bowl of apple cider vinegar in the microwave and heat for 3 minutes. Wipe the mess away.


9. Keep shelled nuts fresh

Place shelled nuts in the freezer to extend their life. Also, one of my favorite snacks is frozen pecans…trust me…just try it.


10. Need to clean your cast iron?

Don’t fear the soap. Click here for a full tutorial.


11. Speaking of cast iron…need to clean your cast iron grill pan?

Use a grill brush to scrub off the mess. For caked on mess, heat the pan before scrubbing.


12. Need to slice soft cheese?

Use unscented dental floss to slice soft cheese.


13. Want to cook bacon without the popping grease?

Cook bacon in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Adjust time based on how crispy you like your bacon. Use a pan with a metal grate to allow grease to run off.


14. Flip eggs without busting the yolk

Speaking of bacon, save that grease to fry eggs over easy or medium. Use enough that you can slosh grease over the top of the egg to seal the yolk before flipping.


15. Keto diet friendly breading

Craving fried chicken but don’t want to use flour as breading. Crush up pork rinds into a fine powder and use that as breading.


If you have kitchen hacks of your own, please share them in the comments.

7 thoughts on “Best Kitchen Hacks – You Need These In Your Life”

  • So great tips here, it’s hard to find my favorite. I put number 8 instantly to the test and that was the cleaning of the microwave with cider vinegar. It was like a new pin after the first try. Brilliant! Thank you!

  • Wow, this was so much fun to read and learn. I really liked the idea of measuring fats that way!
    I cannot wait to see what else you are going to teach us!
    Many thanks and here to great success for you! Great job! ariel

  • I like your microwave tips. I probably do more microwave cooking than regular cooking, but yes, uneven heating is a big problem, especially when you are heating up something in a rush. I never knew making a hole can help with that. And the cleaning tip is something I’m gonna try on my dirty microwave 🙂

  • Ok, I’ll admit that not all of these tips were up my alley as I only eat plant (& fungus) based foods. However, I did love the following tips: 1) Leaving a hole in the food to allow for a more even reheating 2) Coffee ice cubes to prevent diluting and lastly 3) even though dairy cheese is a no-no for, I thought the dental floss trick was pretty genius.

    These were some great cooking hack gems that we should all know. Thank you for sharing.

  • As a college student, I do not really cook. I just microwave frozen food. Cooking is a terror to my soul. After reading your article though, you have changed my mind. These are all wonderful tips to make cooking a much easier experience for me.

    I do have a question though. As a student, I have a limited amount of time to cook because of homework, exams, and girls. What is your favorite go to recipe that is quite simple and easy to make? Thank you in advance and I hope you have a great day!

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