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10 Kitchen Hacks to Superboost Your Productivity

10 Kitchen Hacks to Superboost Your Productivity

If you like cooking and you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you should know some tips and tricks that will save you some time and boost your productivity. Here are some useful kitchen hacks that will help you with this!

1. Slice cherry tomatoes in a few seconds

Slicing cherry tomatoes

    Cherry tomatoes are small and slippery, so handling and slicing them can be such an annoying thing to do. If you have a whole bunch of cherry tomatoes to slice, just put them between two plates and slide the knife through the crack between the plates. This way, you will slice all of them in two and avoid finger cuts. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

    2. Make hard-boiled eggs without water

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    Boiling eggs in oven

      How is this even possible? Well, put your eggs in a muffin tray and place them in your oven, set it to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for half an hour. The results you will get are some hard-boiled eggs with less effort and less mess in your kitchen. Be sure that you don’t forget them in the oven for too long, though. Set your timer to half an hour and get all the other kitchen work done in the meanwhile.

      3. The easiest way to cut soft food

      Cutting with dental floss

        Cutting cheese, cakes and butter can be a pain in the neck. Don’t you just hate it when you manage to bake a perfect cake and you ruin it while trying to cut a slice? Forget about this and use unflavored dental floss for cutting all the soft food in your kitchen. This method is precise and easy to perform. Cut the right lengths, hold the ends tightly between your thumb and index finger (like you are preparing to floss your teeth) and push downwards.

        4. You ran out of cupcake liners?

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        Improvised cupcake liner

          Every kitchen should have a roll of parchment paper. Use it to make custom-made cupcake or muffin liners if you run out of real cupcake liners. You will need a muffin tray, parchment paper and a glass that fits into the holes of the tray. Cut the parchment paper into squares and fix them into the holes by pressing with the glass. Make sure that you cover the muffin tray with oil to avoid sticking.

          5. Easy dish washing

          Vegetable oil in a cup

            If you are using some sticky ingredients to cook a meal, you will have a lot of trouble with cleaning those dishes you used during the preparation. Dough, honey, syrups, chocolate, cake batter, etc., can stick to the walls of your bowl easily, but it won’t be that easy to clean it. Avoid this by greasing the dishes with a little bit of vegetable oil. Cooking spray will also work, but if you ran out of it and don’t have time to run out for some more, a sip of oil will be a perfect substitution.

            6. Keep your greens fresh for days

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            Storing greens with paper towel

              When you wash your greens, you better use them as soon as possible because they tend to go bad in less than two days. In order to prolong their lifespan, you can put a paper cloth or some damp paper into a bag or container where your greens are stored. It will absorb all the excess water that is the main culprit for greens going bad so fast. This is quite a way to save some money and avoid tossing food away.

              7. Semi-freeze meat before slicing and chopping

              Sliced frozen meat

                Slicing and chopping any kind of meat can be hard sometimes. But, don’t worry, this tip will blow your minds. Put the meat into the freezer for half an hour before preparation. Slicing semi-frozen meat isn’t going to cause you trouble and a sharp knife will just slide through it. Don’t keep it in the freezer for more than half an hour or it will take more time to melt afterwards.

                8. Peel garlic quickly

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                Smashing garlic

                  Peeling garlic isn’t the most desirable job ever because it takes too much time and your hands will absorb its smell that can’t be washed off that easily. This isn’t going to be a problem anymore once you read this: you can peel it quickly and easily, you’ll just need a plate, a plastic food container with a lid, and a knife. Cut the top and bottom part of the bulb, press it a bit with your plate while making circle motions, put it in a container and shake well. When you open the container, you will get peeled garlic cloves. Another tip is to use a garlic press to mince garlic without worrying about peeling. This is definitely one of the best cooking tools you can have in the kitchen, and it will help you prepare your meal without making a mess.

                  9. Make the most out of citrus fruits

                  Microwaving lemmons

                    There is nothing healthier than a glass of freshly squeezed citrus juice. If you want to use all the juice from your citrus fruits, you can use the method of microwaving it for 30 seconds. This will soften the fruit just enough to prepare it for squeezing.

                    10. Avoid stains when deseeding pomegranate

                    Deseeding pomegranate in water

                      Pomegranate is delicious and healthy, but when you think of all those stains on your clothes and hands, you might want to give up. There is no need for this, as this trick will help you deseed pomegranates quickly and make less of a mess. Cut the top and bottom off the pomegranate, and then make several vertical slices along the ridges and put it in a big bowl of water. Wash your hands and put them into the bowl. Well, I hope you didn’t think that the water would peel the pomegranate on its own? Start peeling and all the juice will remain in the water, not on your hands.

                      I hope you’ll find these kitchen tips and tricks useful and that they will help you boost your productivity in the kitchen and reduce the time you spend there.

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                      Ivan Dimitrijevic

                      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                      Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                      Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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