18 of the Best Kept Kitchen Tricks

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1. To get rid fruit stains on your fingers, rub them with a fresh, peeled potato or white vinegar.

2. Avoid putting citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge,the low temperatures take away the aroma and flavour of these fruits.

3. If you want your milk fresh longer,stop it from going off by adding a pinch of salt to the bottle when you first open it.

4. To clean an electric kettle with calcium buildup on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty.

5. When storing Tupperware, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.

6. When making a soup, sauce, or casserole that ends up too fatty or greasy, drop in an ice cube., the ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out.

7. If you have some leftover wine, freeze it in ice cube trays for easy addition to soups and sauces in the future.

8. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your house plants, the water contains nutrients that your plants will love.

9. If you aren’t sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about 10cm of water. Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.

10. Keep lettuce fresh in the fridge by wrapping it in a clean, dry paper towel and storing lettuce and paper towel in a sealed bag in the fridge.

11. If you over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato, the potato will absorb the excess salt.

12. If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, just put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up.

13. For burnt rice, place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavour.

14. Don’t store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits.Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which cause fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

15. Bought too many fresh herbs?  Chop them up and mix them with olive oil or butter in an ice cube tray and freeze.  Freezing them in oil prevents the herbs from getting freezer burn or turning brown.  When you need them for pastas, roasts, or sautéing veggies, you can pop out what you need.

16. Grow your own herbs. If you hate having to buy a whole bunch of cilantro when the recipe calls for a few tablespoons, consider growing your own.  You can get starter plants at your local garden center and continue successive sowing with seeds after that.  Pick a couple of your favorite herbs or spices and you can grow them by a sunny window all year long.

17. Save breadcrumbs to take to the park for ducks or chop up that leftover chicken breast to stuff in a treat for the family dog.   Fido is also a great way to get rid of that last bit of peanut butter from the jar, pop off the lid and watch him have fun.

18. Add Ice Cream or Marshmallows. When you get to the end of a jar (like Nutella or Cookie Butter) and can’t scrape any out, add some vanilla ice cream for a tasty treat.  A little creativity can turn excess snacks into a different treat too.

18 Best Kitchen Tricks