Kitchen Tips To Make Life Easier
Save Time, Money, and Effort with these Kitchen Tips!
Let’s face it, if you are trying to prepare 3 good meals a day for your family you spend A LOT of time in the kitchen planning, prepping, making, serving, and cleaning up after enjoying a meal. As your children get older, they can help out with more of the tasks, but there is still a lot to do! I am always on the lookout for ways to cut down time, keep things organized, and help to cut costs on the grocery budget. Over the past few years we’ve been sharing some of those things with you, but I wanted to put them all in one place that you can reference quickly!
Here are some of our own tips and tricks in the Kitchen, and also some FAB ideas that we’ve rounded up for you! Check them all out below!
In this post, you can find:
- Food Prep Tips
- My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
- The Easiest Way To Shred Chicken
- Creative Ways to Use Cupcake Liners
- Less Mess Snacks
- My Slow Cooker Secret Hack
- How To Always Have Fresh Garlic
- My Secret To Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
- How to Better Organize Your Kitchen
- Ways to Save on Groceries
- Kitchen DIY Products
- My Key to Meal Planning
- Cold Lunch Ideas
Food Prep Tips:
Quick and Easy Slicing:
Use a fruit and vegetable slicer to quickly slice strawberries! My kids and I use this as the fastest way to slice strawberries. It is perfect for fruit salad, strawberry shortcake, infused water, and so much more! This fruit and vegetable slicer is awesome. It’s VERY effective, quick, and gets the job done the first time! I love that you can use it for many different fruits and vegetables. You can even use the slicing cup as a measuring cup. It is dishwasher safe and helps you avoid getting a messy counter or cutting board. It is even easy for kids to use. Even kids can use this cool kitchen gadget, and they have fun doing it. You don’t have to worry about them cutting their little fingers in the process of helping.
These are just a few of my favorite little gadgets that I have in my kitchen!
Lemon Press: I love my lemon press. I use it quite often. I know you can squeeze lemons and limes with your hands, but you get so much more juice if you use a good press. I recommend having a lemon press only and using it for all off your citrus. Lemon, lime and some oranges too. Here is a great one!
Avocado Slicer and Pitter: Love this tool! I use it when I make guacamole, cucumber avocado salad or slice avocado for burgers, sandwiches or salads. My friends love this tool when they see it and all say I need to get one of those! This is the Avocado Slicer that I have. I love that it works as a slicer and a pitter!
Vegetable Peeler: I got this peeler for my wedding almost 15 years ago and it is the best peeler I have ever used! I have acquired others since so I can have more than one person peeler in the kitchen. This one has remained the favorite. I love that it is made in the USA and has a Lifetime Warranty! It is priced well currently at only $7.56!
Herb Scissors: I had my eye on these herb scissors for a long time. I finally tried them out and I love them. I love to add cilantro to so many things and these scissors make it so easy. They easily sell for $20 in kitchen stores so I love that they are so cheap on amazon.
The Easy Way to Shred Chicken:
My family eats a lot of chicken because I’m able to get it for such a great deal with Zaycon! After cooking the chicken this trick for shredding it in your Kitchenaid mixer helps to save tons of time because it’s done in seconds instead of standing over the hot bowl with forks to separate and shred the chicken by hand. See how easy it is to do: Shredding Chicken in a Kitchenaid Mixer.
Tips and tricks with cupcake liners:
Cupcake liners come in handy for more than just cupcakes!
1. Catch popsicle drips: Cut a slit in the bottom of a cupcake liner and slide it up the popsicle stick to create a disposable drip-catcher.
2. Cover open drinks: Top glasses or soda cans with cupcake liners to keep bugs out of drinks at a picnic. Poke a hole in the paper to make room for a straw.
3. Decorate a mason jar: Giving a gift in a mason jar? Dress up your present by covering the jar lid with a cupcake liner and securing with a pretty ribbon or string.
4. Keep craft projects organized: Divide items like googly eyes or sequins into cupcake liners to keep crafting materials neat and accessible while you work.
5. Prevent wax drips: Place tea lights in cupcake liners to protect surfaces from melting wax.
Less Mess Kid Snacks:
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We love to get deals on apple sauce, but when the to go containers are not on sale this is a fab trick to know. Cut a straw in half then poke the straw through an unopened applesauce cup and drink through the straw. This trick also works great for yogurt cups! It cuts down on the mess, travels easily, and the kids think it’s fun too!
Slow Cooker Liners:
If you are not using Crock Pot Liners it is so time to start. These babies are worth every penny. They really make cleaning up a breeze. They can double as a storage bag for leftovers saving you even more dish washing. Plus they keep food from scalding on the sides of the pan and drying out.
Fresh Minced Garlic:
I used to buy the big canister of this minced garlic from Costco. It was very convenient, but the garlic did not taste as fresh and would usually go bad before I could use the whole canister. I got this great idea at a pampered chef freezer meal party. Buy the bag of fresh garlic from Costco and put it in the freezer. When you need garlic just pull out a pre-peeled clove and slice it in a garlic press. No need to thaw, no need to peel, easy to press.
Secret to Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs:
This little egg has made boiling eggs so easy. If you want them hard, soft, or medium you can get them perfect every time. Check out my tutorial on how to boil the perfect egg.
Foil and Plastic Wrap Organization:
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Keep your foil, plastic wrap, and wax paper organized inside your pantry door! All you need are some self adhesive hooks and a measuring tape. You could use some plastic hooks like these, or go for a nicer look with these.
Here is another great way to store the plastic wrap, aluminum foil or sand which bags that you use in your kitchen. Here is the under rack basket. Here is another wall mount version that would be great on the inside of the pantry door.
Make Drawers Last Longer and Look Better:
Line the cupboards and drawers with adhesive peel and stick to cut down on wear and tear to the cupboards & drawers. I have this damask print in my kitchen. I love it. But, I searched amazon for the best deal and found these. They have lots of really cute prints and you get more for your money.
Use baskets to store small appliances or kitchen accessories that have a lot of parts. I store my hand blender and whisks in a basket in the cupboard so the cord isn’t all over the place and the whisks are always with the hand blender…no more hunting down the whisks! I also have an immersion blender that has cups, whisk, motor and several rotary blades, so storing these in a basket inside the drawer or cupboard is a space and sanity saver! PS Find out why I love my immersion blender. These baskets come in a pack of 6 and end up being less than $2 each, great price considering how sturdy they are.
I also stash all of my soup mixes, spice packets, dressing packets ect in a small basket so they’re not lying on the shelf in the pantry taking up extra space. These are baskets I use. They work perfect and are very sturdy!
I like to hang all of my flirty aprons in my pantry on a hook. This gets them off the floor, out of the way and keeps them nice. You will just need to install a simple wall hook to pull this off.
You can really free up your pantry space if you get rid of all those boxes of snack foods for the kids. You can nicely organize all the snacks in this shoe holder. SO cool! I got this idea from Melanie. She is so smart. 🙂 She even got her organizer for cheap on amazon. Check out more cool ways to use the shoe organizer.
Saving on your Grocery Bill
Re-grow Green Onions:
There are a few veggies that you can actually re-grow right in your kitchen. Green onions are one of the foods that you can regrow. Green oninos are not really expensive, but they can be used in several meals each week. This can save your family about $10 a month by regrowing green onions. It is really easy to do. Check it out here: Regrow Green Onions
Lettuce is also another great fresh produce to keep on hand! Save by regrowing this instead of throwing the end away when you’ve used up a head of lettuce. Here’s how to Regrow Lettuce on your windowsill!
Saving on the grocery budget starts in the kitchen, but saving at the grocery store is KEY to staying within your budget. Here’s how I am savings without using coupons!
Do it Yourself Kitchen Tips
Homemade Fruit and Veggie Wash:
With only three ingredients, this Homemade Veggie Wash is SO easy to make & use! It actually helps preserve the life of your produce. This saves you money because your produce is less likely to go bad and have to be thrown out.
Make your own Dishwasher Detergent and save TONS! This saves my family so much money! We often run the dishwasher two times a day, so being able to run the load for pennies each time adds up fast! Grab the ingredients and have the kids help you out with this for a fresh and easy way to clean dishes. Check out the whole tutorial How to Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent.
Cleaning Gas Stove Grills:
If you have a gas stove you know how hard it can be to clean when food overflows and then gets bakes on. This cool cleaning technique can make them sparkle again and it is surprisingly very easy. Check out our tutorial on How to Clean your Grill
Many of my friends and myself included are afraid of using the self cleaning oven feature on the oven. Are you one of those? If so you are going to love this method, all you need is ammonia. It is really easy and works wonders. Check out the full tutorial on How to Clean Your Oven.
How to Clean Stainless Steel:
I love it when the stainless steel in my kitchen looks shiny and clean. This cleaner is easy to make and gets the job done every time. All you need is vinegar, a spray bottle and a microfiber cloth. PS I love these microfiber cloths. They are only $0.49 each and they clean so well. See our tutorial for Cleaning Stainless Steel.
You just need Dawn, rubbing alcohol and an essential oil to make this awesome granite cleaner. You probably already have all of those things in your house. Check out the details to make a diy granite cleaner.
Trick to Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Sink:
To clean your stainless steel sink all you need is lemon, baking soda and water. Super simple. Check out the full tutorial How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink.
I LOVE Freezer Meals! Having meals on hand and ready to make is an easy way to save time, money, and energy. Having meals ready to go saves me so much time and money. We can help you get started on freezer meal cooking and also inspire you with delicious meal ideas!
Super Simple Meal Planning is another great resource for meal planning and staying ahead of the dinner menu plan. I find when I don’t plan ahead and have no game plan is when I end up spending the most money on groceries because I make day to day trips to the store. This takes more time and gas money.
These Cold Lunch Ideas are also a HUGE money saver! These ideas are even great for my hubby and sending him to work with lunch from home rather than eating out each day – the savings from that alone adds up FAST!
So those are our fabulous hacks! I bet you are pretty clever around your kitchen too. What kitchen hacks do you have? Share with us in the comments, we would love to hear about it!