Cutting Time: Three Ingenious Kitchen Hacks
Your kitchen is your haven at mealtimes, but even the most organized and experienced homemaker needs to know the latest kitchen hacks. So, here our three top tips utilizing three of the most overlooked kitchen items, including the can opener and the food processor.
Open impossible jar lids
We’ve all been there; we need to open a jar of pickles or cooking sauce but the lid is on tight and not budging.
When this happens, don’t panic. Simply reach into your cutlery drawer, grab your trusty can opener and use it to gently lift the jar lid until you hear the seal pop, then simply unscrew it as normal. Voila!
Cut cherry tomatoes quickly
Cherry tomatoes taste great, but preparing them is time consuming, so how do you cut cherry tomatoes without cutting into your preparation time? The answer is simple: just use plates!
If you have a bunch of cherry tomatoes that need halved then grab two plates of the same size from your cupboard — you can even use a saucer if you don’t have that many tomatoes — and place all the tomatoes on one plate and then put the other on top. Then, grab a large kitchen knife and carefully cut between the gap between the tomatoes that are sandwiched between the two plates, and hey presto — a bunch of beautifully cut tomatoes in half the time!
Make ice cream without an ice cream maker
Everyone loves ice cream, especially little kids, but ice cream makers can be expensive. So, if you’re looking for a way to make ice cream without having to buy a new gadget, then look no further than your humble food processor.
For super fast, super tasty homemade ice cream, simply freeze a bunch of peeled bananas and place them in your food processor along with peanut or almond butter, then blend on a high setting for a few seconds until you have a smooth, stiff mixture. Add honey to taste and serve immediately for a cool, sweet and healthy alternative to ice cream that kids will love!
Surrounded by utensils and machines, it gets hectic in the kitchen, and preparing food is a fiddly job, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend more time than is necessary doing a single task. Apply these hacks and you can cut down the time it takes to complete them. Enjoy the freedom!