15th Feb, 2017
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s no coincidence that all the best parties end up in the kitchen – it’s the most vibrant room of the house, which everybody in the family uses at some point or another. It should be a place where you enjoy spending your time, so we’ve got some sneaky kitchen hacks to help you make the most of the most popular room in the home.
Cook pasta in a frying pan
Don’t wait for a giant pot to boil – save time by cooking pasta in a large frying pan with cold water. Simply add your pasta to the water and stir continually while heating. Your pasta will cook in a fraction of the time it takes a pot to boil and you’ll also be left with thick, starchy pasta water to create a delicious sauce with. Check out this recipe for inspiration.
Freeze herbs in olive oil
Ensure you always have herbs on hand for essential seasoning with this neat little kitchen hack. Finely chop your favourite herbs and freeze them in olive oil, which prevents them from browning. Next time you’d like to add a little something extra to your meal, pop one of these in while cooking!
Stop pots from boiling over with a spoon
Whether it’s an old wives’ tale or some form of culinary magic, sitting a wooden spoon across the edge of a pot will stop it from boiling over. Aside from the spoon popping bubbles, there’s no real reason why this kitchen hack works, but it does! Just be sure to use a wooden spoon, as a metal one will get far too hot.
It’s all about labels
Organisation is key for a clutter-free kitchen. Empty all those stray packets of pasta and coffee and spices into jars and get labelling! Not only will you know exactly what and where everything is, it’ll also keep for much longer in a secure jar rather than a packet. Who says your labels need to be dull, either? Mix things up with chalkboard-style stickers or handmade name tags, instead.
Hang up your bottles
We’re all guilty of amassing more cleaning products than we could possibly need. Rather than bundling them together in a cupboard somewhere, use a tension rod to hang spray bottles up inside the cupboard instead. Not only will this free up space at the the bottom of the cupboard, you’ll also be able to find what you need much easier.
Use the insides of your cabinets
There’s more to cabinets than the shelves inside – the back of the door can be used for so many things. Attach a chalkboard or even a clipboard to it to keep all your notes in a handy place, or opt for a magnetic board to stick essential recipes to. You can even go a step further and attach blocks of wood with little metal hooks on them to hang utensils from.
Stock up on baking soda
Few things are as versatile as baking soda when it comes to cleaning the kitchen. To keep bad odours at bay, simply put a small dish of baking soda in the fridge or cupboard, and sprinkle some at the bottom of the garbage bin. To clean surfaces, pop some baking soda on a damp cloth, wipe, then rinse with clean water. You can even give your oven a deep clean by leaving homemade baking soda paste in it overnight!
Microwave a soggy sponge
If you’re struggling to clean the remnants of your last exploded meal from the microwave, try this cleaning hack. Simply soak a sponge in water and cook it in the microwave for one minute. The moisture will loosen any stubborn grime from the microwave walls, making it much easier to clean.
When life gives you lemons…
Clean the kitchen with them! If your cutlery has started to go a little rusty, soak them in a glass of lemon juice for a few minutes and watch the rust fall away. You can also use half a lemon and sea salt to scrub any grime from wooden chopping boards. Just be sure to thoroughly dry everything afterwards to avoid the taste of stale lemon in future!