6 Ingenious Kitchen Hacks To Save You Time January 11, 2017
“Just add water” had a good long run when it comes to quick dinner prep. Continue reading to discover six time-saving kitchen hacks PLUS a very special announcement…
1. Stock up on extra sharp knives
If there’s one thing that’ll put a damper on your dinner prep, it’s dull knives. And no – this doesn’t mean you have to schlep all the way to the store to stock up on shiny and sharp new ones every few months. Instead, treat your blades with the respect they deserve. C’mon people — these tools do all the slicing, dicing, and chopping. Without them, we’d be lost. And hungry.
So do not, we repeat, do NOT let your blades dry on the dish rack, toss around in the dishwasher, or chill out in the kitchen sink. These are big no no’s. Also, only use knives with wood or plastic cutting boards, not your granite countertop.
2. Cook with nonstick pans
Avoid any and all sticky situations with the help of one revolutionary kitchen tool: nonstick pans. They require far less oil, are practically no-brainers to clean, and allow for an equal distribution of heat. But whatever you do, don’t use with sharp objects (think knives and metal spatulas) or you risk damaging the coating. Instead, stick with wooden spoons.
3. Bust out the mandoline
Unevenly sliced veggies mean some cook faster than others which means you’ll be left with half that are ever-so-slightly charred and half that are ever-so-slightly underdone. But who actually has the time to cut that zucchini into even rounds? Not us.
With the help of a mandoline, you can thinly and quickly slice onions, apples, cucumbers, carrots, and more. Just be sure to look for one with a hand guard that holds food in place while protecting your fingers — that blade is sharp.
4. Take advantage of garbage bowls
Can you live without ’em? Sure. Do you want to? Absolutely not. Keep a garbage bowl (or, better yet, the meal kit boxes!) close by to collect peels, trimmings, stems, and other scraps as you go.
BONUS: You’ll be rewarded later with an easy-peasy cleanup.
5. Invest in kitchen shears
We love you, knives, but sometimes scissors are the way to go. Or should we say shears.
Snip herbs, cut through dough, and slice bread like a pro. Just be sure to find ones that disassemble so you can thoroughly clean those bad boys.
6. Relish in HelloFresh’s rapid meals
Our chefs experimented, tested, and toyed in the kitchen until they came up with the ultimate kitchen hack and winning formula for efficiency in the kitchen: RAPID MEALS. Yes, you read that correctly. We’ve got some recipes up our sleeves that come together in only 20ish minutes (sometimes, dancing around the kitchen while cooking adds a minute or two, as does taking those #HelloFreshPics). They’re perfect for those hectic weeknights when the to-do list is a mile long and free time is most definitely not your friend. But don’t worry — these meals won’t sacrifice flavor or fun. Trust us, we would never mess with that.
Keep an eye out for the word “Rapid” on our menu for recipes like…