15 Kitchen Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

These fast and ingenious kitchen hacks will revolutionize the way you cook.

  1. Prevent Bowls from Slipping
    Need an extra hand? Professional chefs will tell you that a damp dish towel under your mixing bowl will keep it from slipping and sliding on your counter as you mix. This tip works well with a cutting board too.
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2. Save time by pre-soaking grains
Soaking grains, such as rice, reduces the amount of time required to cook them. Rice, like fruit and vegetables, grows in the ground, therefore you should constantly rinse it. It can also help eliminate some of the extra starch by rinsing it.

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3. Turn wine into an instant cocktail
Have a gathering planned but just have one bottle of rosé on hand? Make a fun, bubbly spritzer drink out of wine to add some variation. Pour the wine over the ice and top it up with sparkling water. Both red and white wines are suitable. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with fresh fruit.

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4. Keep Cookies Soft
Add a slice of store-bought white bread to an airtight container to keep cookies and other baked products moist after baking. Your cakes, cookies, and muffins will retain their softness from the first day. They’ll appear to be brand new to their friends and family!

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5. Freeze a Soup Starter
Want to taste like you’re in the garden all year? During peak season, freeze farmers’ market veggies in resealable bags. A mirepoix is a typical soup starter created by mixing 2/3 onion, 1/3 carrot, and 1/3 celery. This fragrant mix will give your soups and broths a pleasant, hearty flavor. Vegetables will survive eight to twelve months, allowing you to savor the flavors of summer even when the weather turns dismal and cold.

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6. Keep Ice Cream Cool
Bubble wrap is a highly effective insulator. Wrap your Chunky Monkey in plastic bubble wrap to protect it from melting while you’re on the road. It’ll keep its shape for hours.

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7. Stop stirring peanut butter
Are you sick of re-blending the oil into your natural peanut butter? There is a simple solution: Invert the jar and store it upside-down. Simply turn it right-side up when you’re ready to prepare one of our favorite peanut butter treats. The oil will want to climb to the top, making it much simpler to mix the peanut butter. Isn’t it crazy?

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8. Keep apps cold
At your next get-together, why not serve shrimp, deviled eggs, or one of these other cold appetizers? Keep your meal cold and photo-worthy with this ingenious trick: Cover a big bowl with lettuce leaves and a resealable bag of crushed ice. Butterhead is a great choice! If you put your app on top, you’ll be able to offer food-safe nibbles all night.

Slide 17 of 40: Want to serve shrimp or deviled eggs at your next get-together? This clever trick will keep your food cool and photo-worthy. Fill a large bowl with a resealable bag of crushed ice and cover with lettuce leaves. Butterhead works nicely! Place your app on top and you'll serve food-safe bites all night. Here's the super-simple secret that keeps ice cubes from sticking together.
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9. Make Tiny Portions of Whipped Cream
Have you ever wanted to dress up your strawberry shortcake with a dollop of whipped cream? To create a single serving, go for your immersion blender. The blender fits nicely into a tumbler or measuring cup, reducing the mess that a bigger bowl would create.

Slide 19 of 40: Ever need just a dollop of whipped cream to make your strawberry shortcake shine? Reach for your immersion blender to make a single serving quick. The blender fits neatly into a tumbler or measuring cup, minimizing the mess of larger bowl. Check out these brilliant ways to hack your kitchen appliances.
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10. Get More Juice
Try this restaurant trick the next time you need fresh lemon juice. Microwave for seven to ten seconds a lemon. Then, on the counter, roll the lemon back and forth beneath your palm. When you squeeze the lemon, you’ll obtain more juice with less effort. Also, try it with limes!

Slide 24 of 40: Next time you need fresh lemon juice, try this restaurant tip. Microwave a lemon for seven to 10 seconds. Then, roll the lemon back and forth under your palm on the counter. When you squeeze, you'll get more juice from the lemon with way less effort. Try it with limes, too! Here are more microwave hacks every cook should know.
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11. Freeze your roots
When you’re done shredding fresh ginger, put the remaining root in a plastic container or resealable bag and freeze it. There will never longer be any shriveled ginger in the vegetable drawer! Alternatively, you may take a complete shortcut and get a bottle of ginger in a squeeze tube.

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12. Make Herbs Last Longer
Nothing is more frustrating than purchasing fresh herbs only to have them wilt the next day. This easy storing method can keep herbs like parsley and cilantro looking fresh: Trim the stems and set them in a small glass of water to keep them from drying out. Then, on top of it, lay a plastic bag (like one from the grocery store) and secure it by tying it in a knot or wrapping it with butcher’s thread. Store for up to two weeks in the fridge or on the counter!

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13. Skip the Store-Bought Broth
It’s as simple as cooking, straining, and serving vegetable broth. Broth can be refrigerated for up to three days or frozen for up to six months if covered. Use it in soups, casseroles, rice dishes, and other broth-based recipes.

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14. Make perfect dough from scratch
What’s the secret to great pie and dessert dough? Distribute the butter evenly. Instead of cubing it, just freeze a stick for 15 minutes before grating it into the dry ingredients with a cheese grater. Every time, you’ll get beautiful flaky dough.

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15. Try Mess-Free Melting
Have you ever melted butter in your microwave and made a total mess? We’ve done so. Those days will vanish if you attempt this easy trick: Repurpose your butter wrapper into a microwavable dish cover—as long as the wrapper isn’t metallic or foil, that is. Goodbye, spatter!

Slide 28 of 40: Ever make a complete mess of your microwave when melting butter? We have. Those days are will melt away after you try this simple hack: Repurpose your butter wrapper as a cover for your microwavable dish—so long as the wrapper itself isn't metallic or foil, of course. So long, splatter! Here's the truth about refrigerating butter.
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