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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 July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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