The best thing you can do is cook your meals at home. Not only does it save you money but it is healthier for you. But we don’t always enjoy having to cook our meals at home because sometimes it seems like a chore that takes a lot of time.
I have pulled together some awesome kitchen hacks to help you make preparing your meals easier and quicker. And maybe you will enjoy getting back into the kitchen.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
I love the idea of this. Instead of taking the time to scoop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet to make individual cookies, you can just spread your dough out into a 9×13 pan, bake, and then cut in to squares. Super easy and a time saver when you are having a craving for cookies.
Have you ever wanted to make a recipe and it calls for softened butter and you don’t have the time to be able to let it sit out to soften. Well, stress no more because you can soften your butter either in the microwave or pour boiling water into a cup to warm it up, dump it out, and then place it over the butter with the butter standing end up.
Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs
We have all been there. Struggling to peel our eggs we just boiled and part of the egg comes off with the shell. Not cool.
When the water comes to a boil add 1/2 tsp baking soda. The shells should slide right off.
Wash Strawberries in Vinegar
How about those strawberries that don’t last very long. Just do 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar in a bowl and soak your strawberries for 10 minutes. Let them air dry before storing. This will help them last longer.
When you want a side to go with your breakfast, no need to rinse them. Just chop and place on your plate.
Shredding chicken can be quite time consuming. I have a few recipes that require me to shred the chicken and although I love the recipes, sometimes I dread having to shred it because I takes longer than I would like.
If you have a KitchenAid at home, try using it to shred your chicken. Simply place the cooked chicken breast in the bowl of your stand mixer, turn on, and mix until it’s all shredded.
Freezer meals are the best. Homemade freezer meals or store-bought freezer meals, either way, they are both very convenient. Put together crockpot freezer bag meals to thaw and throw into the crockpot or something you can put into the oven. You can even freeze leftovers from your meal to have another time.
Bake Your Bacon
You can cook your bacon in the oven. Super convenient and no splattering on the stove top and getting grease burns. While your cooking up your eggs your bacon can be cooking in the oven.
These are super helpful to have on hand. A chart for food substitutions, measurements cheat sheet, how to cut a recipe in half, etc. When you need a quick substitution because you don’t have an ingredient on hand or how to convert measurements. No wasting time trying to look it up, it will be right at your fingertips.
Microwave Your Eggs
In a rush to get breakfast on the table. Spray some cooking spray in a mug, scramble your egg in the mug, microwave for 60 seconds on high. Have your bread toasting while you prepare your eggs and you can have breakfast ready in less than 5 minutes.
Multi-Purpose Your Crockpot
Your crockpot isn’t just for main dishes. You can also use it for appetizers, side dishes, dips, etc. Try making some applesauce, caramel sauce for dipping apple slices, “baked” potatoes. The possibilities are endless. The crockpot is such an awesome kitchen tool. Never be without one. If you don’t have one yet, go get one. You won’t regret it.
Now take these tips and get in the kitchen and make yourself some meals you will love to cook.
Do you have any kitchen hacks that could be added to this list that you have tried and loved? Leave it in the comments below.