It seems that the kitchen is one of the rooms that moms end up spending the most time in. We are always cooking, packing lunches, baking, and cleaning up. Plus the dishwasher always seems to be full or dishes need to be put away! So, I love it whenever I can find an easy way to save some time or money in the kitchen.
Using easy kitchen hacks can make life so much smoother. Check out these amazing kitchen hacks to save time and money.
Use Scissors to Cut up Food
My husband bought me some food scissors for Christmas and I love them! It is so easy to use scissors instead of a knife and cutting board on so many foods. I use it to cut up lettuce, string beans, deveining shrimp, bacon, slicing pizza, cutting up herbs and so much more!
Wrap Banana Stems To Keep Them Fresh
If your bananas go bad too fast you can wrap the banana stems to keep them fresh longer. I like to buy 6-7 bananas and wrap up 3-4 so I have them fresh later in the week. It's an easy way to keep them from getting too brown.
Keep Brown Sugar From Getting Hard
Drop a marshmallow or two in with your brown sugar to keep it from getting hard. The marshmallow will keep the brown sugar soft for months.
Shred Chicken In a Mixer
I used to hate shredding chicken. In fact, I would try to avoid making meals that involved a lot of shredded chicken. Then I learned that you can shred chicken in a mixer in about 30 seconds. I love to make large batches and freeze all the shredded chicken for later uses.
Easily Remove Corn Husk
Don't spend all that time shucking corn. Just take your corn and cut off the stalk end of the corn using a sharp knife. Then microwave the corn for about 2 minutes. When the corn is finished in the microwave it should just slide from the husk. You can see the step by step process here.
Make Your Own Buttermilk
You can easily make your own buttermilk at home instead of buying buttermilk. Just mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for every cup of milk you need. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes and stir again. It's just that easy.
Use Old Lemons in the Garbage Disposal
Don't throw out dried out old lemons. You can use them to make your garbage disposal smell great! Just cut them up, put them in the disposal, and run the disposal like normal. To get your disposal really clean you can use these lemon disposal drops that you can easily make.
Make Bacon In The Oven
Bacon is a big pain to make. It seems like it takes as long or longer to clean up the bacon as it does to cook the bacon. So I was thrilled when I discovered this easy way to cook bacon in the oven. Save yourself the pain of the grease splatters and messy clean up with this easy tip.
Use Cooking Spray on Measuring Cups
Before you measure out sticky ingredients like peanut butter spray your measuring cups with a little bit of cooking spray. The peanut butter will just come right out. You can use this trick on measuring spoons too for things like honey or sriracha.
Regrow Basil, Green Onions & More
Don't throw out those scraps. Save them and regrow some of your favorite seasonings and foods. You can regrow celery, lettuce, cabbage, and more. See some of my favorite things to grow here.
Cook Ground Beef in the Crock Pot
Cooking ground beef in the crock pot can be a huge game changer in the kitchen. I love how easy it is. You can even cook up large batches of ground beef and freeze it for an easy taco night.
Clean Cast Iron in Seconds with Chain Mail
Hate scrubbing cast iron? It's easy to get burnt on food or eggs from your cast iron when you use chain mail. You can get the cast iron clean in a minute or two with this easy tip.
Clean Scrub Brushes and Sponges in the Dishwasher
Don't worry about the germs and bacteria in your scrub brushes or sponges. Just toss them in the dishwasher every week or so to keep them clean. It's an easy trick to get rid of everything on them.
Use Lemon Juice to Remove Rust
Remove rust from knives and utensils with little to no scrubbing. Just let them sit in a glass of lemon juice to remove the rust. It only takes about 15 minutes to get rid of the rust.
Ripen Bananas with an Apple
If you need to ripen a banana quickly you can place it in a bag with an apple. The apple will make the banana go from green to yellow in under 24 hours.
Even small kitchen hacks can add up to big savings of money and time. What are your favorite kitchen hacks?