If you’re anything like us, the last thing you want to do after a long day at the office is pull out a cookbook and get cracking on dinner.
We can’t be the only twenty-somethings out there who feel the struggle. Preparing nutritious meals is a priority, yes, but simplicity is also important. In search of some advice, we went to Pinterest with the mission of finding kitchen hacks that would save time, messiness and space.
Whether you’re the next Top Chef or domestically challenged, these tips will help make kitchen organization and meal prep a bit easier.
Easily peel and chop potatoes: After boiling potatoes, soak them in an ice bath for 5 to 10 minutes. The skin will easily peel off. Afterward, use an apple cutter to chop ‘em right up.
Ensure eggs are edible: Not 100 percent sure about those eggs from the back of the fridge? To check if they’re still good, gently place a raw egg in a bowl of cold water. If it sinks to the bottom, you’re good to go. If it floats, toss it.
Get creatively cool: Ice cubes usually water down favorite drinks like iced coffee and wine before they’re gone. To keep coffee chilled, freeze some java in an ice cube tray and pop a few cubes in your morning cup. After work, drop some frozen grapes in a glass of wine for a refreshing cocktail.
Ripen rapidly: Place fruits or veggies that aren’t quite ripe in a paper bag to speed up the ripening process.
Make bananas last: Keep bananas fresh for a few extra days by wrapping the end of the bunch in tin foil, or by separating them and wrapping each individual end.
Simmer down: Prevent pots from boiling over by placing a wooden spoon across the top of the pot. The wood doesn’t conduct heat well, so the hot water will stay down.
Separate eggshells: Next time a broken eggshell is floating around in your brownie mix, wet your hands before picking it out for easier removal.
Make the perfect sandwich: Well, at least the perfect sandwich bread. Instead of toasting two slices in separate toaster slots, put two slices in one slot. The outsides will be perfectly crispy while the insides stay soft.
Spice storage: Keep spices in old Tic-Tac containers, which are easily stored in cabinets and make it easy to shake out a specific amount of spice.
Save the guac: It’s amazing how quickly guacamole can go from bright green to murky brown. Preserve it by pouring a bit of water over the guac, just enough to cover it, before storing it in the fridge. Water blocks the avocado’s surface from oxygen, which is what turns it brown.
Reheat the right way: Leftovers are the lazy chef’s best friend. When reheating pizza, bread or baked goods, place a cup of water in the microwave to keep the food from drying out.
Know a trick that isn’t in here? Share your own kitchen hacks in the comments!