Are you a fellow baker or chef? Whatever level of experience you have in the kitchen, I’m sure you could use some tips for prioritizing your time and making delicious food. Here are some kitchen life hacks I’ve found that have served me well over the years.
- Always do something. If you have something in the oven or microwave or on the stove but there’s still something to chop or wash, do that while you wait. If there’s nothing else to do until the food is ready, take that time to clean up so you don’t have to do it later. Unless there really is nothing to do, don’t stop moving until you’re done.
- Measure solids before liquids. Many baking recipes call for flour, sugar, chocolate, or other non-liquid substances as well as water, milk, oil, or other liquids. Measure the solids before the liquids so they don’t get stuck to the cup and so the cup is easier to clean.
- Put lemon juice on fruit to keep them from browning. This mainly applies to fruit like apples and bananas, but it also adds some nice flavor to your fruit salad.
- Put olive oil on leftover pasta. If you want to keep your pasta from forming one giant clump after sitting in the refrigerator for a day or two, get some olive oil on it right away. Trust me, it makes things so much easier.
- Do you like putting lemon in your iced tea? Squeeze some lemons in advance, put the juice in an ice cube tray, and stick it in the freezer. Voila! Lemon ice cubes.