10 Surprising Food and Kitchen Hacks
Frugal families and almost all women are always on the hunt for money and time-saving hacks, especially in the kitchen! Below is a list of ten hacks I use in my home and I think you will love them as well once you give them a try. If you have any questions or more ideas on these 10 surprising food and kitchen hacks, feel free to comment below! 🙂
- Chop bell peppers, onions, chillis, etc up and place in ice cube trays. Add a little water and freeze. Once the cubes are frozen just pop them out and store in freezer bag. When you need a tablespoon or two just reach in the freeze and get what you need to season your foods. I love this one!
- Save calories on money by not loading your popcorn up with melted butter. Simply cook popcorn and then spray with butter-flavored non-stick spray and then add a tiny bit more salt. This is the best popcorn I’ve ever had and my husband loves the butter flavor so much!
- Save on plates and napkins by using coffee filters to hold the kid’s hotdogs, hamburgers, tacos, and more. Filters are cheap and really do the job.
- Brown gravy on a dime! This is one of my favorite things to cook and the taste is to die for! I buy brown powdered bouillion (not cubes) and place a couple of tablespoons of it into water and stir. How much you use depends on how much brown gravy you want to make. The key to this awesome brown gravy is how you cook it. Melt margarine or real butter in your pan and then put in your flour to make a roux. Again, how much depends on the amount of gravy you are making. If you’ve made a white sauce or white gravy before you’ll know what to do. Once the roux is ready you add the bouillon water you mixed into it and stir until the gravy is thick.
- Black coffee or brown tea will color your hair for a quick on-the-go color in a pinch. You simply make the coffee or tea and pour over your hair. Have a bowl in the sink for the coffee or tea to fall into as you pour so you can pour it again. The more you pour the mixture over your hair the darker the color will be until it reaches it’s maxed color.
- Keep Lettuce fresh for up to a month by taking the core in the bottom out and then wrapping the lettuce in foil. This is a great hack that I love. My lettuce used to ruin before I could use it all. Not anymore!
- Tired of the ice in your drinks melting and watering down your refreshments? A simple hack is to make some ice cubes out of the tea, lemonade, or other liquid you want to drink. When they melt you don’t have a watered down drink, but more of your favorite beverage.
- Pancakes in a muffin tin. If you have a big family and don’t like cooking one to 3 pancakes at a time you might try cooking the pancake batter in a muffin tin. You will have smaller around pancakes but can cut them in half if too thick. Or, put in less batter if you want them thinner. These small sized pancakes will be loved by children and make your life much easier since you simply pop them in the oven.
- Don’t own a vacuum sealer? No problem! If you are storing items in freezer bags you simply take a drinking straw and place at the corner of the bag. Seal the bag all the way up to the straw. Suck the air out and quickly remove the straw and finish sealing the bag. This method works quite well.
- A cookie sheet is for more than baking cookies. When I buy pork chops or chicken, I place individual pieces of meat on a cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in the freezer. Once the meat is frozen all the way through you place the pieces in containers or gallon freezer bags. This makes it very easy to take out one, two, or more pieces as needed without them sticking together.
I hope these ten hacks are exciting to you as they are to me. They all work beautifully and make life so much easier.