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17 Kitchen Cheat Sheets To Shorten Your Cooking Time

17 Kitchen Cheat Sheets To Shorten Your Cooking Time
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1. For faster prep have a decent knife and know how to sharpen it

Nothing slows cooks down more than blunt knives that don’t cut well. They’re also unsafe. Learn to sharpen your knife by watching this youtube video and make sure it’s always ready for the task at hand. For advice on how to pick a knife, see Kitchen Knife Guru.

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    2. For faster cooking let someone else do the prep

    Chopping your own vegs for every dish is authentic, but it’s also slow. Why do all that work when you can buy it from the store pre-chopped? Most grocery stores carry a wide range of ready-to-use vegetables. Look at WholeFoods or Trader Joes or even order online. You will be surprised at the quality of the produce.

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        3. For a tasty kick keep frozen herbs in your freezer

        I love to have pre-packed herbs in my freezer. They can be popped into a stew, pasta sauce, or a soup. They’re not as flavorful as out-of-the-garden herbs, but they still taste great. Use about twice as much as you would with fresh herbs, and remember you can always make your own!

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          4. For faster pasta blanch and freeze

          Spaghetti cooks in 8 minutes, but the water takes time to boil. To save time pre-blanch your pasta for six minutes and then freeze on trays. When you’re ready to eat, reheat in the sauce and hey presto! According to stilltasty.com, frozen pasta has a 1-2 month use by date.

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            5. For quicker weeknight meals prepare and freeze on the weekend.

            If you have time on the weekend put it to good use by cooking large quantities of food and freezing individual or family sized portions. Pop them in the microwave and press go on a weeknight for a real meal. Try “24 Easy Freezer Recipes” from Southern Living or “17 best freezable recipes” from Cooking Light.

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              6. For easy salads use a jar.

              There is a growing movement for salads in a jar with dressing and components in layers. Just shake and serve. My favorite salad site is “30 Mason Jar Recipes: A Month Worth of “Salad in a Jar” from Zina at LassotheMoon.com.

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                7. For sophisticated satisfaction jazz up a grilled cheese

                There are so many options for the grilled cheese. Like pickles? Slide them in! The Food Network has 50 ideas that will lift good to great.

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                  8. For great canned soup add some extras

                  Canned soup isn’t always great. In fact, sometimes it’s plain awful. Buy the best quality soup you can and then layer in flavor with hot sauce and other foods packed with umami like parmesan cheese. The right ingredients turn plain jane soup into something of note. Don’t forget to add a jazzed grilled cheese!

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                    9. For great steaks, try thinner cuts

                    While thick cuts of steak like sirloins and filet need time to cook and rest, the thinner cuts cook in a snap and take a marinade very nicely. Martha Steward has an excellent recipe for so called “hangar steak” that I love, or look at this YouTube video where chef Jackson Lamb shows how to pan sear thin steaks.

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                      10. For a quick carb fix, microwave a russet potato

                      If you have a humble potato and a microwave then you’re in luck. An average size potato takes around 5 minutes to cook to a fluffy tender inside. The toppings are only limited by your imagination and your fridge. I like sour cream, cheese, broccoli slaw, and a little thousand island dressing.

                      In this post Bon Appetit shows us “12 creative ways to top a baked potato” that will make your mouth water.

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                        11. For a fruit explosion make a smoothy out of frozen fruit.

                        Smoothies are nourishing and easy to make. Take some of your favorite fruit and yoghurt and blend until it’s the way you like it. You can add spices like cinnamon, sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup and even a dollop of ice cream.

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                        If you are more interested in the health benefits of smoothies take a look at Prevention Magazine’s list of the  top 20 super smoothies.

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                          12. For a brilliant breakfast presoak your oatmeal and fruit

                          Instant oatmeal tastes like cardboard, but the real thing takes a long time to cook. Save yourself the work by pre-soaking your oatmeal over night and blitz it in the microwave the next morning. Self Magazine has a list of 18 delicious add-ins that are healthy and taste good.

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                            13. For radiant rice presoak and use the absorption method

                            White rice cooks quickly, but heathy brown rice can be slow. Pre-soak your brown rice over night with whey or an acid to get a more tender and digestible product. Tip Hero suggests these 33 cheap ways to spice up the results.

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                              14. For a captivating chicken dinner try these rotisserie tips

                              The humble rotisserie chicken can make so many great meals. Try Christine Skopec’s site for great recipes like “Speedy Enchiladas”, and “Herbed Chicken salad sandwiches”.

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                                15. For a quick chocolate fix use your microwave

                                When my wife showed me this neat trick for how to make a brownie in a mug I was stunned. Lana shows all the details in this YouTube video. If you add ice cream or powdered sugar it’s truly spectacular.

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                                  16. For a quick desert try old-school ice cream sundaes

                                  Ice-cream sundaes have been around for many years, but Delish has kicked it up a few notches with their “7 spectacular ice-cream Sundaes” that may melt your mind.

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                                    17. For a late night snack try an omelet

                                    Omelets were known to the Romans and Greeks two thousand years ago, yet they remain a staple for the late night snack. Eating Well published 50 Inspiring Omelet fillings to get you started.

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                                      Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                                      100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                      100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                      Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                      By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                      Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                      83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                        84 write random letter

                                          85 use a rubberband

                                            86 dorm smell bad

                                              87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                  90 take a picture of the name card

                                                    91 iron inside out

                                                      92 old newspaper

                                                        93 tumble try shoes

                                                          keep a card like this

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                                                              94 soap bar

                                                                95 make a hole

                                                                  96 drop the battery

                                                                    97 use a coozie

                                                                      98 when taking a picture

                                                                        use a clean dust pan

                                                                          try a pants hanger

                                                                            use your cellphone light

                                                                              use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                  user binder clips

                                                                                    wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                      put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                        clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                          use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                            doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                              use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                  freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                    use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                      almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                        sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                          unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                            cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                              remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                  for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                    how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                      tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                        place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                          ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                            use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                              take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                  put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                    How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                      user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                        good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                          turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                            50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                              the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                    hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                      stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                        the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                          how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                            the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                              use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                  user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                    a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                      rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                        use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                                            51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                              52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                  kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                    use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                        59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                          60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                            hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                              Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                    if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                      keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                          drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                            use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                              use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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