Hello, readers! Today I wanted to share a few small kitchen tips and tricks that I use to make cooking and time in the kitchen run more smoothly. Admittedly, these are fixes to “champagne problems” (or “first-world problems”, if you prefer). While we’re not solving world dilemmas, I hope that one or two of these might come in handy for you and make your day a little easier.
Are there any other meal planners out there? List making makes me happy, cooking makes me happy, so meal planning is totally up my alley. Something I enjoy about writing out our meals for the week is that I make sure we’re getting plenty of variety in our veggies, proteins, and starches. It also makes grocery shopping easier because I know exactly what we need for the whole week just by checking out the list. Nathan and I were gifted this cute meal planning pad when we got married. I use it so regularly, we just bought a replacement. (If you want one too, here’s the publisher’s website, plus you can get it through Amazon. Not affiliate links, just there for your convenience.)
This next “trick” is all thanks to Nathan! When I was moving in and we were combining kitchens, he bought a hanging shoe holder to put on the pantry door. This was so helpful for all the packets and little items that would have gotten lost in the pantry itself. I’m positive this has saved me lots of time and frustration! Instead of having to dig around for the small things that could so easily get lost, they’re just hanging there waiting to be used. (Also an easy way to quickly check supplies to see if you need to restock!)
I don’t know about you, but I tend to cook a lot in batches. Instead of doing a consistent amount of cooking throughout the week, I will do a lot of cooking, baking especially, over one or two days. What happens when you do that? You run out of measuring spoons. You have to dig them out of the dishwasher, wash them, and repeat that cycle over and over. Such a silly annoyance, but it always bothered me. So, since measuring spoons are cheap, I bought a few sets and put them all in a clear container on my counter top. Problem solved! Now I can continue marathon baking without spoon washing interruptions.
Saved the best one for last! You know how hard it is to fish out little pieces of eggshell that have fallen in to your freshly cracked egg? It takes me ages to get it just right with my hand or utensil to remove that eggshell. The solution? Use the eggshell itself! Eggshell attracts eggshell and you will have it out in no time. Ran across this tip a few months ago and I can’t believe I didn’t know it before. (Apologies, I can’t track down the blog I first saw this on. It was a food blog from New Zealand, so thanks to the Kiwi who brought this to my attention!) It works so well and hopefully can save you some frustration!
There you have it. A few small things that save me time and help keep my kitchen running smoothly. What are your favorite kitchen tips and tricks?