11 of the Best Kitchen Tips Ever!

Lovely Lemons

Awesome color and aroma in the kitchen
Awesome color and aroma in the kitchen | Source

Sprinkle With Lemon

1. Sprinkle cut apples and bananas with lemon juice to prevent browning of the fruits.

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Pot Handle

Note pot handle turned away from the front of the stove top.
Note pot handle turned away from the front of the stove top. | Source

Pot Handles

2. Turn pot/pan handles in, away from the front of the stove to prevent accidents, little hands grabbing at the stove etc

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Disposable Gloves

 handy to help keep hygiene a priority in the kitchen
handy to help keep hygiene a priority in the kitchen | Source

Disposable Gloves

3. Keep a box of disposable gloves handy so you can strip them off and change them between handling different foods without having to constantly wash your hands to avoid cross contamination.

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Cooking Spray

An invaluable tool to aid in an easy clean up
An invaluable tool to aid in an easy clean up | Source

Cooking Spray

4. Spray all baking pans/trays with a vegetable cooking spray to prevent food from sticking and to speed up your cleanup time.

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Meat Thermometer

Handy tool to have on hand.
Handy tool to have on hand. | Source

Take Away the Guessing

5. Keep a digital instant read thermometer handy to take the guess work out of cooking meat and avoid over/under cooking.

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Cut Side Up

Squeeze lemon cut side up over dish
Squeeze lemon cut side up over dish | Source

Squeeze Lemons

6. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze over dish cut side up to avoid getting the seeds in your dish.

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Puff Pastry

Keep your favorite brand of puff pastry on hand to help create quick and easy dishes/desserts
Keep your favorite brand of puff pastry on hand to help create quick and easy dishes/desserts | Source

Puff Pastry

7. Keep some frozen puff pastry on hand to use for a quick dessert base, topping for a shepherd's pie, instant pie crust..

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Clever Idea

pop that cutting board into a cookie sheet to catch the juices when you carve the meat.
pop that cutting board into a cookie sheet to catch the juices when you carve the meat. | Source

Cutting Board

8. Place your cutting board inside a cookie sheet when cutting raw/cooked meats to contain the juices and make cleanup easier.

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Sharpen a Dull Knife

Use bottom of ceramic mug to sharpen a dull knife
Use bottom of ceramic mug to sharpen a dull knife | Source

Sharpen Your Knife

9. The unglazed bottom of a ceramic coffee mug works as a quick fix for a dull knife. Simple run the knife edge from heel to tip on the bottom edge of cup about 20 times then flip knife over and do the same another 20 times. Voila, sharpened knife.

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Cinnamon and Vanilla

Boil cinnamon and vanilla to dispel funky smells
Boil cinnamon and vanilla to dispel funky smells | Source

Great Smells!

10. Toss a couple teaspoons of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla into a shallow pan of boiling water to quickly disperse offensive kitchen smells eg; boiled cabbage, hard-boiled eggs

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Kitchen Staples

Get help scrubbing those pesky pots and pans
Get help scrubbing those pesky pots and pans | Source

Baking Soda Magic

11. Remove burnt on popcorn and other stuck messes in your pots and pans buy boiling 2-3 inches of water and a handful of baking soda in the offending pot on the stove while you do the rest of the dishes. After about 20 minutes of boiling wash the dirty pot as usual. All stuck on junk will now be easy to remove. A splash of vinegar in the water helps the process.

Keep baking soda handy to toss on the occasional kitchen fire that crops up!

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Add Your Handy Tip

Do you have a handy kitchen tip to pass along? Add it in the comments section below.

Make it a great day !

© 2016 ShyeAnne

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