Work Smart, NOT Hard!

As promised, below are a few more helpful tips and tricks designed to make your time in the kitchen less frustrating and more fun. Don’t be shy, give them a try!

Reheating pasta: Reheating leftovers can be a pain because the outsides are sizzling and the inside is still cold. A better way to heat up leftovers is to position your pasta on the plate with a hole in the middle, like a donut. This way the entire plate is heated and you won’t have to make several trips back to the microwave.



Vanilla Extract Trick: A lot of baking recipes will call for vanilla. If your bottle of vanilla extract has a cap, then you can use that cap to measure out a teaspoon.

Egg Freshness: When determining if your egg is still fresh, the easiest way is to place the egg in a bowl or glass of water. If the egg floats to the top, then the egg is no longer fresh. If the egg remains at the bowl of the water, then you can still use it.



Proper leftover storage: A lot of people put their leftovers away in the refrigerator right after dinner. A safer way to store your leftovers is to let them cool for at least 30 minutes while you are cleaning up. Then, when you are ready to store them you should put the food in the shallowest containers that you have. For instance, if you made a large pot of spaghetti sauce you should not put it in a big, deep container. Instead, you should portion it into smaller containers. When you do finally put it in the fridge, you shouldn’t cover it completely right away; it’s best to loosely cover the Tupperware so that the middle is able to completely cool. If there is condensation on the lid of the container, then you covered it too soon. When you store hot or warm food it is a breeding ground for bacteria and you can make you and your family sick without realizing it.

Avocado Ripeness: It isn’t always easy finding the perfect avocado. A quick way to tell if your avocado is ready is to remove the stem off the outside and look at the color. If brown is displayed then it is too ripe. However, if you see green underneath you know it is just right to eat and enjoy!


Pounding meat: A quicker and cleaner way to pound different types of meat that need to be tenderized is to put the meat in a plastic Ziploc bag. This way you are not pounding it directly on the kitchen counter where you will be prepping the rest of your meal. You can also put the meat on a cutting board and cover it with saran wrap, but the Ziploc bag is easier if you have them.

Extra Kitchen Space: If your kitchen resembles anything close to mine, then a little extra work space couldn’t hurt. Placing a cutting board over open drawers will provide more counter space. This is an easy way to give yourself a little more room for food prep and helps to combat cross-contamination with different ingredients. For the cutting board placed on the counter, put a wet towel underneath it to prevent any slipping.


Cooking is meant to be fun and enjoyable. Although it can have its downfalls at times, the end product is always worth the effort. The kitchen hacks mentioned above are designed to help combat those frustrating cooking moments; less hassle leaves you more time for the joys of cooking. Most importantly, easier cooking and less prep time means you are able to focus on what really matters… good food!


Check back next week for a new recipe that will really stick with you! Don’t forget, sharing is caring!





36 thoughts on “Work Smart, NOT Hard!

  1. &#¶å€00;界梳化」ä¸3詞指的是電影爛到令人看2¾Œå¿å””住「ç•Œ」爛戲院的椅子。以前戲院多用膠面海ç1¿å¿ƒçš„凳,人們便求求其其也把它們稱為梳化。聽聞以前片子爛的時候,有些感到不滿的觀眾是真的會「ç•Œ」爛戲院的椅子的,不過我唸中學時很多戲院的椅子已和現在的差不多,觀眾也沒那麼野蠻,所謂「界梳化」也只是個評價,而非現實行為。


  2. thanks for visiting my blog – am so glad it’s led me to yours!

    love all these tips! the egg one is one I’ll put to use immediately

    avocados – love the tip too – another tip from me along same vein: have found that if I nudge the stem a bit, it’s totally green if it doesn’t want to come off easily.

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