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18 Brilliant Kitchen Hacks That Very Few People Know About

I absolutely love to cook. When I'm not at my desk writing, or relaxing with a few rounds of Madden on Xbox, I'm probably in the kitchen making something yummy. Naturally, whenever I find some good tips to make life in the kitchen a bit easier, faster, or more organized, I'm all about 'em. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Removing vegetable seeds quickly

Use an ice cream scooper to quickly remove seeds from zucchinis, cucumbers, etc.

2. Remove excess fat from cooked food

If you've got the time and patience, the easiest way to do this is to allow the food to cool for several hours in the fridge. The fat will rise to the top and solidify, and can then easily be scooped out. If you're short on time, however, try wrapping some ice cubes in a paper towel and running it over the top of your dish. The cold ice will congeal the fat and allow more of it to get stuck to the paper towel.

3. Use film wrap like pro chefs

If your film wrap keeps getting stuck or stretches unevenly, try storing it in the fridge. Cold film wrap behaves much more cooperatively.

4. Peel citrus fruits with ease

If you're dreading ruining your manicure over peeling some oranges or satsumas, try sticking them in a microwave for 20 seconds and you'll notice the rind comes off much more easily.

5. Squeeze more juice from citrus

Wanna get every last bit of citrusy goodness squeezed out of that fruit? Stick it in the fridge for a few, then zap it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

6. Grate soft cheese without mess

Stick soft cheese in the freezer to harden them up a bit for the grating process. The cheese will not stick to the grater as much and will be easier to sprinkle.

7. No more onion tears

Once again, use the power of the freezer. Stick onions in there for a half an hour before chopping. Just remember, this is best for onions that you'll cook with - onions meant to be served raw will lose their crunch after a stint in the freezer.

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8. Keep pasta from boiling over

Place a wooden spoon or stirrer on top of the pot to prevent pasta foam from rising (and spilling) over the edge.

9. Parchment paper cupcakes

If you don't have the cute, frilly molds for cupcakes, use parchment paper. They'll be just as yummy, we promise.

10. Reheat baked items properly

The best way to reheat baked goods is in an oven, but if you're using a microwave to try to heat up something like pizza, try sticking a cup of water in there next to it. That'll keep the crust from drying out and keep it crunchy.

11. Store cooking herbs

Freeze herbs in ice cube trays with water or olive oil and pull out as/when necessary.

12. Properly store shelled nuts

Freeze shelled nuts to best preserve their flavor and nutritional content. Do not roast them first.

13. The right way to clean cast iron

Avoid using dishwashing soap on cast iron cookware. Instead, clean using warm water and/or scrubbing with table salt instead. Towel dry immediately after cleaning, then apply a light layer of vegetable oil to the surface of the pan and gently wipe around with a paper towel to absorb any excess and create a thin, even coating around the whole pan.

14. Remove unpleasant odors from your hand

Use salt or lemon to remove strong, persistent odors like garlic or onions from your hands. You can also try rubbing your hands all over something made of stainless steel, as stainless steel ionizes bad odors.

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15. Restore shine to metallic kitchenware

Wash metallic kitchenware in a mix of white vinegar and water. You can soak overnight for best results.

16. Restore life to wooden utensils

Wood kitchen utensils are lovely but tend to look and smell a bit funky over time. You could just toss 'em out and get new ones, or you could boil the utensils in plain water, then let them dry in the sun. This will give them a new lease on life while removing any bad odors.

17. Clean wooden chopping boards

Remove odors and residues from wooden boards by rubbing them with coarse salt and letting that sit for 15 minutes or so. Wipe with half a lemon and dry, before rinsing clean and drying. 

18. Keep your recipe books clean

Using cookbooks while we cook can be kinda difficult as it takes up valuable work space and you risk getting food all over the pages. To avoid this, try using a department store hanger for slacks. It'll keep the book open to the right page, and can be hung out of harm's way.

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H/T: Bright Side

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