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My Ten Favorite Kitchen Hacks
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
I’m delighted that my Bone Broth Diet is getting lots of people who are part of the “take-out” generation to venture into the kitchen. It makes me happy that they’re discovering how good real food tastes—and how fun, creative, and satisfying cooking can be.
If you’re one of these new cooks, good for you! To make your time in the kitchen even more fun, here are ten of my favorite little kitchen hacks to save you time and money. (And who knows… even if you’re an experienced cook, you may pick up a tip or two.)
Wrap the top of a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap. It’ll keep the bananas fresh for days longer.
When you make bone broth, freeze some of it in ice cube trays. That way, you’ll never waste any. (This is also a good way to save leftover wine for cooking.)
Peel avocados with your hands, not a knife. This way, there’s no waste, and you get all the healthy nutrients that are just under the skin. Simply cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, cut each half in half, and then peel the avocado like you’d peel a banana.
Store asparagus upright in a mason jar, with the bottoms of the stems in water. It’ll stay fresh much longer.
Place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water to keep the liquid from spilling over. You won’t lose a drop—and you won’t need to clean the top of the stove!
Use an egg slicer to slice mushrooms. You’ll get neat, even slices.
Use a serrated grapefruit spoon to peel ginger. It works far better than using a knife, and there’s less waste.
Save cardboard egg cartons, add a little dirt or potting soil to each section, and use the cartons to start herb seedlings indoors. No need to buy starter kits at the nursery!
Hate chasing pieces of eggshell when they fall in the bowl? Use another eggshell to fish them out. It’s much easier than trying to catch them with your fingers.
Use a plastic straw to hull a strawberry. Poke the straw through the bottom of the berry and push it up to the top, twisting it as you go. The top will pop right off.
Try out these tips when you’re cooking—and if you have great kitchen hacks of your own, share them with me and I’ll pass them along. I’m always on the lookout for ways to save time and money for my peeps!
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