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22 kitchen tricks to save you time (and patience)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Today, we're not just going to show you pictures of beautiful kitchens that you'll naturally covet (although we are doing that too, we just can't help ourselves). 

We're on a mission to make your kitchen more efficient and your mealtimes less of a chore. To do this we've compiled a hearty feast of food tips and tricks that will slash your slaving-over-a-cooker time and keep your space so clean and tidy that guests will be convinced you've hired a cleaner

If you're ready for an easier life, read on…

1. Before you start

Tidy your drawers and organise your tools!

2. Separate eggs with water bottle

Suck up the yolk from a bowl by squeezing a plastic bottle next to it. Simple!

3. Shuck corn using a bundt tin centre

Just push it straight over the cob and the corn will fall off.

4. Skip the pasta rinse

 Kitchen by INpuls

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That's how you lose all the lovely starch that makes sauce stick to it.

5. Don't cry over broken cakes

Turn them into layered trifles!

6. Place all your ingredients on baking tray before starting

This will help avoid spills on the worktop.

7. Use a pizza wheels to chop herbs

 Kitchen by innenarchitektur-rathke

Küchendesign exclusiv



8. Employ a bowl as bin on the worktop while cooking

Save time by staying on top of potential mess.

9. Add salt to water when boiling eggs

The shells simply slide off!

10. Add hot water and washing up liquid to a blender

Turn it on and watch it clean itself!

11. Blitz frozen burger buns to turn them into breadcrumbs

Clever, huh?

12. Microwave lemons before juicing them

This will give you more juice.

13. Grate cold butter for pastry instead of cutting it

 Kitchen by paola bagna
paola bagna


paola bagna

This was a new one on us!

14. Freeze leftover wine in ice trays

 Kitchen by Lichters Living
Lichters Living

Hofhaus 1890, Küche

Lichters Living

Then add to sauces later.

15. Store natural nut butters upside down

This will keep the oil flowing through the food for a creamier taste.

16. Crunch up leftover crisps and pop in an empty pepper grinder

 Kitchen by KH System Möbel GmbH
KH System Möbel GmbH

KH Küche: Asteiche Natur / Edelstahl

KH System Möbel GmbH

Then add to pasta bakes… yum!

17. Use kitchen scissors for chopping instead of knives

It's so much quicker!

18. Use an apple slicer to cut potatoes

 Kitchen by Philip Kistner Fotografie
Philip Kistner Fotografie

Villa Escarpa, Praia da Luz, Portugal

Philip Kistner Fotografie

Simple ideas are the best.

19. Make ice cream more scoop-able by cutting a grid into it with a hot knife

Very satisfying too!

20. Cut mould off hard cheese and it's still good to use

Don't do the same with soft cheese though!

21. Use Mason jar lid rims to break eggs into

For perfectly round fried eggs.

22. Cut strawberries quickly by using an egg slicer

If these tips have blown your mind, take a look at this Ideabook: 8 practical ideas for everyone's kitchen.

Got any more great tricks to add to our list?
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