6 Ingenious Kitchen Hacks To Save You Time January 11, 2017

by Tips & Tricks

“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…

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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…

Crispy Shrimp Tacos


Butternut Squash Agnolotti

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Stir-Fried Beef 

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Maple Balsamic Chicken

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Wendy Grady says:

My first two meals are coming today, can’t wait to try them!!

Jacqueline says:

Welcome to the HelloFresh family, Wendy!! We’re so excited for you to get cooking with us

I got a madoline for Christmas and now use it all the time. I also use the boxes for garbage. the shrimp tacos were awesome.

Jacqueline says:

Using the meal kit boxes for garbage is GENIUS. Thanks for sharing, Bonnie!

Lin says:

Already cooked the shrimp tacos on a night I was exhausted from a busy, busy day. It was a blessing to have something so delicious come together with little prep! AND, it was excellent!

Jacqueline says:

We’re with you, Lin! Isn’t it amazing how something SO delicious can come together so quickly?

Sandy Nichols says:

I absolutely love Hello Fresh…I tell all my family and friends about it. I live alone and buy the meals for two, three days a week. This makes 6 meals total for me. Great economical way to eat fresh and healthy even for just one person. Thank you for allowing me to send free boxes to my family and friends. I hope they enjoy it as much as I have and will for a long time to come.

Jacqueline says:

Sandy – we’re so happy to hear how much you love the fresh and delicious HelloFresh meals!! We have a feeling your friends and family will, too 🙂

Carmen says:

Another hack I have is peel, cut, chop and prep everything possible for my 3 boxes when I receive them (with the mandoline doesn’t take much time) put them either in the little bag they came in, plastic bags or small plastic bowls and put them back in their box. Then when I get home from work, dinner is done in a heartbeat as much of the work is already done.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Carmen! Jordan here, our community team lead at HelloFresh. We love the ingenuity here, and we always love to hear how our amazing customers find little ways to make cooking even more simple!

Stephen says:

Enjoy all our meals but the maple glazed rapid one was particularly a great standout. Looking forward to a few tests of the more difficult level meals and maybe even a dessert or two!

Jacqueline says:

Hi Stephen – I can’t wait to tell our chefs how much you loved the maple glazed meal! They’re busy creating some AMAZING recipes for the next few weeks, so stay tuned

Kimiko White says:

I am waiting today for my first delivery. A friend introduced me.

Jacqueline says:

Welcome to the HelloFresh family, Kimiko – we can’t wait for you to get cooking with us!! It’s going to be SO much fun. The blog is the go-to destination for more amazing recipes, kitchen tips and tricks, and a behind the scenes look at our suppliers to see how the farm fresh ingredients make it into your HelloFresh box – so check back frequently for more 🙂

J says:

I use the Hello Fresh boxes as my garbage bowls. Reuse, recycle!

Jacqueline says:

Love it! Thanks for sharing

Barbara Hughey says:

My husband and I enjoy our meals. They are very easy to prepare, and more especially they are tasty.

Jacqueline says:

Barbara – we’re so happy to hear that! Our chefs are hard at work creating more easy and tasty recipes right now … we can’t wait for you and your husband to try them 🙂

Katie says:

Ginger Beer Sir Fey was great. Please make sure to let people know how much water to use when making the basmati rice. Thanks.
There were no directions on the bag.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Katie! Jordan here, from our community team!. If we don’t specify the amount of water for the rice on the recipe card, it doesn’t matter. Just use enough to cover the rice.

Margaret Shank says:

Your site is not so great. I am searching for the turmeric pancakes recipe & get directed to an irrelevant part of the blog. Things are slow. Clicking on a meal picture & green title, which I expect to take me to the recipe, just goes to a wp picture alone. Things are just hard to negotiate at best, wrong at worst. I haven’t received my first box yet, but here’s hoping your quality control on ingredients & delivery is better than for IT!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Hi Margaret – so sorry about that! We really appreciate your feedback and will definitely pass this along to our tech team to make things better. Do you mind letting us know what browser and device you’re viewing the blog on?

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