7 Kitchen Hacks

You are trying to eat better, so you buy a beautiful bag of shiny apples. But, why are those apples shiny, you wonder? Is that shine something you really want to eat? Probably not and rubbing it on your shirt sleeve is not going to do the trick. Our 7 Kitchen Hacks will put your mind at ease with simple solutions to some common problems. 


 1-Quickly Soften Butter

More often than not, you don’t have the time to wait on butter to soften the traditional way, leaving it on the counter for an hour. If this is the case, cut the stick of butter into several pieces to speed up the process. This creates more surface area and will allow it to get to room temperature more quickly.


2-No More Boiling Over

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another, you look away from a boiling pot on the stove for a moment and the next thing you know, PUFF! It’s boiling over. The next time you’re boiling something, try placing a wooden spoon across the pot. We’re not sure why it works or what cool science is behind it, we just love the fact that it does!


3-Cut Brownies Without Destroying Them

Sniff-sniff. You can already taste those delicious brownies you are making for the bake sale. This is your special recipe and you can’t wait to share them. When it comes time to cut the brownies, your perfect, chocolaty deliciousness becomes a clumpy, mangled mess. Ugh!! To prevent this travesty, spray your pan with cooking spray and then line it with two strips of parchment paper. One going in each direction of the pan. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray too. After the brownies have baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. Once cooled, lift them from the pan using the parchment paper and slice with a serrated knife. Viola! Perfect brownies, worthy of praise.


4-Reheat Leftovers Without Drying Them

Everyone has tried to reheat pizza in the microwave, only to be disappointed. Place a cup of water in the microwave with the pizza or other baked items to add moisture to the air and keep your snack from getting dried out. It’s also a good idea to reduce the power setting on the microwave a bit and cook a little longer than you normally would at full power. Patience will pay off in taste.

Reheat pasta evenly by arranging the noodles in the shape of a donut. This will keep the edges from becoming hard and dry while the middle is still too cold to eat. Stir once, but put the pasta back into the donut shape.


5-Clean Fruits And Vegetables

You are trying to eat better, so you buy a bag of beautiful, shiny apples. Why are those apples shiny, you wonder? Is that shine something you really want to eat? Probably not. To clean your fruits and vegetables without using another harmful chemical, scrub them with a mixture of baking soda and water to remove any dirt or pesticides that might be left behind.


6-Soft Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is notorious for hardening. A simple solution to this problem is to add an orange peel to the brown sugar and store both in an airtight container. For brown sugar that has already hardened, pop it in the microwave on reduced power and with a glass of water to break up the hardened chunks.


7-How To Tell If Eggs Are Still Fresh

Eggs may not be something you use very often, but how can you tell if they are still fresh or if you need to replace them for you next recipe? A simple answer is to place them in a full pot of cold water. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it is safe to use. If the eggs float, you will probably want to replace them with fresh ones. As eggs age, some of the liquid evaporates through the shell leaving a gas bubble inside that causes it to float in water.