Time-Saver Tips for the Kitchen
An interesting hodgepodge of useful and clever tips for saving time in the kitchen, thus giving you more time to spend with family and friends...or to read a good book...or whatever you want to do with all those extra minutes you're gonna save!
Before party guests arrive, scoop ice cream into muffin tins lined with cupcake liners and refreeze. You won't have to fuss later when serving cake.
Quickly use that frozen juice concentrate by mashing it with a potato masher while frozen, or place can with the lid removed in microwave for 1 minute.
Double the amount of favorite casserole recipes you cook. Place half in a freezer container for dinner on a busy day.
An egg slicer works great for slicing fresh mushrooms. Makes even slices in a jiffy.
Use an ice cream scoop to easily fill muffin tins with the batter.
Transfer jelly to a small plastic squeeze bottle. Less mess and no sticky jars or spoons! This also works well for homemade salad dressings.
Use a cooking spray or oil the measuring cup next time you need to measure honey. No more messy process of scraping the cup, as the honey slides out easily.
An empty salt shaker makes a great container to dust a little powdered sugar over baked goods.
To quickly and easily cut rolled, chilled cookie dough use an electric knife. It slices perfect cookies!
No time to roll and cut biscuits? Just drop the dough from a tablespoon onto lightly greased baking sheets.
For quick and easy ravioli, fill wonton wrappers with any filling you fancy. Moisten edges with egg wash to seal and poach in boiling water.
To save time when making meatloaf, use bottled marinara sauce instead of tomato sauce or ketchup — the herbs and spices are built right in so everything goes together faster.
If you cut bagels in half before freezing they will defrost a lot faster, and you can toast them without waiting!
Cut up those canned tomatoes quickly by snipping them right in the can with kitchen shears.
To make dusting a pan with flour easy and convenient, place some flour in a salt shaker and keep it stored in the freezer.
When a recipe calls for sifting, it works just as well to put all dry ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir with a whisk.
If grandma told you always to proof yeast — dissolve it in liquid to see if it bubbles — forget it. Today's dry yeast is reliable enough to stir directly in with other dry ingredients, including flour. (Editor's Note: This "tip" only applies if the "good if used by" date is not expired!)
To crush nuts quickly and easily without the muss or fuss, place in a self-sealing plastic bag and roll with a rolling pin.
Add marinated vegetable salads to your next dinner party. They can be prepared in advance and chilled until serving time--an important bonus for the busy cook!