9 kitchen hacks to make your life easier

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Make your time in the kitchen a little easier (and a lot more productive) with these simple time-saving hacks.

RID YOUR HANDS (AND FRIDGE!) OF COOKING SMELLS

Every cook has been burdened by it. The enduring smell of onions and garlic on the hands. Sound familiar? Try rubbing your hands with lemon juice or bicarbonate of soda. Smelly fridge? Mix a tablespoon of bicarb with some water in a mug, and leave it in the fridge overnight. The solution will absorb any pesky odours.

PREVENT RAW POTATOES FROM BROWNING


Ever noticed how peeled potatoes turn a brownish colour when you leave them standing for too long? To prevent this from happening, place your spuds in cold water until you’re ready to cook them.

Browse our best roast potato recipes here.

REMOVE EGGSHELLS FROM EGGS

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It happens. You crack an egg into a bowl, and with it goes pieces of the shell. Use half an eggshell to remove shards of eggshell from a cracked egg (it acts as a sort of magic magnet).

Browse our favourite ways with eggs here.

GRATE SOFT CHEESES WITH EASE


Soft cheeses such as mozzarella can be tough to grate. The solution? Freeze for about 30 minutes before grating.
Browse our cheesiest recipes here.

DECRYSTALLISE HONEY

Crystallised honey can be a pain. Make it liquid again it by placing the container (not the raw honey itself) into hot water until it softens.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HERBS


So many recipes call for just a sprig of rosemary or coriander and before you know it, the leftovers go limp and lifeless. Pop them in an ice tray with water, olive oil or stock, then freeze. They can be used as a seasoning agent in dishes.

RESCUE SALTY FOOD

If you’ve got a heavy hand with salt, you can revive your hearty pot of soup by adding a peeled potato. It is said to soak up the extra salt.

MAKE AVOS LAST LONGER


Most people add a squeeze of lemon juice, but try rubbing it with olive oil. Then, cover with plastic wrap. It should stay greener for longer.
Browse all our avo recipes here.

SOFTEN BUTTER IN A JIFFY

Does your baking recipe call for soft butter, but your block is in the fridge? A quick-and-easy way to soften it is to grate the butter, or cover it with clingwrap and using a rolling pin to flatten it.
Browse our dessert and baking recipes here.

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