These days, there are too many culinary tools to count, and the single-use variety just clutter up our drawers! So skip the milk frother and egg slicer you hardly ever use in favor of kitchen items you probably already have on hand, like a pair of chopsticks and a cooling rack, to make your cooking life easier. Find our top kitchen hacks below.
At Goodtaste, we use ice cube trays for far more than just ice! Fill with leftover stock, herbs, sauces, grated ginger, pureed fruits and veggies, juice, coffee, and more. Once frozen, store your flavored cubes in freezer bags and pop out when ready to use.
There’s no need to purchase a cherry pitter that you won’t even be able to find when you need it. Instead, The Kitchn recommends using a single chopstick to push the pit out without compromising the form of the fruit. Simply put the chopstick at the stem end of the cherry or olive and push straight through, taking the pit with it.
Basters aren’t just for Thanksgiving Day. Use your classic baster to easily fill muffin tins, separate egg yolk from egg whites, make pancake designs, remove excess water from plants, and more. With these tips from One Good Thing, you can turn this occasional tool into an everyday kitchen necessity.
Next time you need to chop up eggs, grab a cooling rack! Food Republic uses a plate to push peeled hard-boiled eggs through the rack, creating perfect chopped eggs in no time at all. You can also use this hack for chopping avocados or cooked potatoes!
Did you know you could create perfectly sliced potato wedges by using an apple slicer? Mercado did! Cut off one end of the potato to create a flat surface, then push the potato through the apple slicer to easily cut it into uniform wedges. Use it for as many or as few potatoes as you need. This hack works with sweet potatoes as well!
How often does your waffle iron stay in your cabinet untouched? Now you can make use of it for other recipes while limiting the mess in your kitchen. Eat This, Not That shows you how to make crispy, golden hash browns, melty paninis, bacon, and even brownies all in your waffle iron!
Pizza cutters are one of the best hacks for cutting perfectly sliced herbs, vegetables, grapes, tortillas, and homemade pasta. Not only is it a faster way to slice food, but it allows for a more precise cut. Find other ways Taste of Home uses a pizza cutter in the kitchen!
Find our favorite kitchen tools for these hacks below!
Tovolo Bulb Baster, $15