Not everyone is a whiz in the kitchen, and that’s OK, but, it shouldn’t hold you back from cooking, baking, and trying new techniques! To help you conquer your fears, the Parsimony Inspired team has scrambled up all our best tricks and trades of the kitchen! These tricks will help you save time, money, and stress while cooking. So get ready to have a new and pleasant kitchen experience!
Freeze and store liquids (such as stock or juice) in portion sized bags/containers, and wine in ice cube trays for easy access while cooking! Make sure to freeze flat if using bags so you can stack liquids for better organization!
Buy grains and dried goods (rice, couscous, flour, sugar, etc.) in bulk and store in large mason jars or storage containers. This way, you can hide the large bags in storage and conveniently organize refillable containers in your cabinet! Label the containers with the ingredient and quick guide to cooking it!
Use a magnetic knife strip instead of a block. It saves counter space and eliminates the need to pull out every knife before you find the one you need!
Keep a large wooden cutting board on the counter at all times. You can use it to cut bread, veggies, as a serving tray, to prepare sandwiches conveniently!
Clean as you go! A clean kitchen will make you happier and there will be a less daunting pile of dishes when you are done cooking.
A microplane is the kitchen tool you will never know how you lived without. It can be used to zest citrus and grate cheese, chocolate, ginger, garlic, and whole spices!
Keep your knives sharp! A sharp knife is a safer knife!
Store tomatoes at room temperature! They last longer than they do in the fridge!
When freezing leafy greens, put a damp paper towel in the bag to decrease freezer burn!
Keep an oven thermometer in your oven at all times! Ovens vary, so you should know when you need to adjust the temperature (super important when baking!).
Learn the correct way to hold a knife a few different cutting techniques to make chopping a faster process
Puree fresh herbs and freeze in oil in ice cube trays. This is a great way to always have fresh herbs on hand and a practical way to preserve an abundance of an herb in your garden!
Make large citrus ice cubes by freezing sliced citrus in water in muffin tins! Perfect for a pitcher of water on a warm summer day.
If slicing a large cut of meat into smaller pieces, slightly freeze the meat first for easier slicing!
Save and freeze your Parmesan rinds. They are the perfect flavor addition to soup stocks and stews!
Fresh eggs sink; old eggs float. Air bubbles under the shell are created by escaping gases through the shell pores as the egg ages.
Use unscented dental floss to cut through soft foods, like cheese and cake!
Roll citrus before juicing to release the juice trapped in the cells in the flesh.
Shred chicken in your mixer instead of tediously using forks!
Immediately place chopped potatoes in ice water to keep them white! This is also important to extract as much starch from the potatoes as possible when making fries!
Speed up banana ripening by placing in a paper bag! Bananas emit ethylene gas, and bananas ripen when in contact with the gas, so trapping the gas in a closed bag makes the fruit ripen faster!
If measuring a sticky food like honey, coat the measuring cup in cooking spray or oil first. The honey will pour right out!
Bring your crystallized honey back to life by placing the container in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
Use a veggie peeler to get rid of celery strings!
Place a damp dish towel under a slippery cutting board to keep it in place.
Grate frozen or cold butter if you don't have time to defrost it!
Save the bones and giblets from your roasted chicken to make bone broth and gravy!
Save your vanilla bean pod to make vanilla sugar! Just bury the pod in granulated sugar in an airtight container for 2 weeks.
Do you have a kitchen tip or trick we didn't share? Let us know!