8 Helpful Hacks For The Kitchen

Everybody has to eat, but that doesn't mean that cooking has to be a chore. Even though it's something that most people have to do daily, preparing a nice meal can be one of the most relaxing, fun parts of the day. Unfortunately, a lot of little things can go wrong in the kitchen, turning dinnertime prep into an annoying chore. To help make sure that the time you spend in the kitchen is positive and relaxing, we've come up with these 8 helpful hacks that will save you time and help you avoid those minor annoyances that give cooking a bad rap. Soon, making professional-looking, delicious meals for the whole family will be a piece of cake!

1. Even More Instant Ramen

You'll Need:

  • coffee pot
  • instant ramen noodles
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • water

Here's How:

1.1 Add the instant ramen noodles to the empty coffee pot and put the vegetables into the coffee filter holder.

1.2 Fill the coffee maker with water and turn it on. The water will cook the veggies and ramen noodles, and in a few short minutes, you'll be able to enjoy a delicious bowl of homemade ramen!

2. Hanging Cookbook Holder

You'll Need:

  • skirt & pants hanger

Here's How:

2.1 To make a simple hanging cookbook holder, clip your cookbook open using a skirt & pants hanger, then hang the hanger on a shelf. Now your cookbook won't get in the way, plus it won't get dirty.

3. Prep Perfect Burger Patties

You'll Need:

  • 2 lids from a pint-sized ice cream carton
  • plastic wrap

Here's How:

3.1 Clean 2 lids from pint-sized ice cream cartons and cover 1 of them with plastic wrap.

3.2 Roll up the ground beef for your burger patty and place it inside the lid, then place another piece of plastic wrap on top.

3.3 Place the second ice cream carton lid on the ground beef and press the lids together. Remove the plastic wrap and your perfect patties are ready for the grill!

4. Cut Onions Tear-Free

You'll Need:

  • freezer

Here's How:

4.1 Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before cutting them. Once you're ready to slice & dice, your eyes won't start to water!

5. Liquify Crystallized Honey

You'll Need:

  • microwave

Here's How:

5.1 If your honey has started to crystallize, there's an easy fix. Put the jar of honey in the microwave and heat it for for 5 minutes. The honey will magically liquify again!

6. Quickly Ripen An Avocado

You'll Need:

  • rice

Here's How:

6.1 If you have an unripened avocado but you just can't wait to eat it, there's a super easy trick you can use to expedite the process. Place the avocado into a bowl filled with uncooked rice and the avocado will ripen way more quickly.

7. Remove Sticky Dough

You'll Need:

  • dental floss

Here's How:

7.1 To remove sticky dough from your work surface, use dental floss to scrape it off. It'll come off super easily and you'll avoid a big mess!

8. Make Equally Sized Meatballs

You'll Need:

  • pasta fork

Here's How:

8.1 To make perfectly even meatballs, press a pasta fork into your meatball mixture and the perfect amount of meat, already shaped like a ball, will pop up through the hole in the middle!

You'll be amazed by how much time these easy kitchen hacks will save you. Now if only doing the dishes were just as easy!

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