10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

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I am such a big sucker for finding ways to make life easier. And if there are any short cuts for the kitchen? Count me in!

It just so happens, I have a few tips and tricks of my own that I had only previously shared on my Instagram profile, (feel free to follow along!)

So, here are 10 Hacks, Tips, and Tricks that have certainly made MY life easier.

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Save time and money with these cooking hacks, tips, and tricks!

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1. Grate your butter. 10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

Do you need to use butter in your baking right now, but it’s too firm? Just grate it! (This is perfect for making pie crusts!!)

2. Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

Lay out your pretzels on a plate. Put a nice big handful of chocolate chips in a seal able plastic baggie and put it in a bowl of hot water. After 30 seconds or so, check the chocolate. Squish it around to make sure it’s all melted (if not, return to the hot water.) Cut off a corner of the plastic baggie, and drizzle the chocolate all over the pretzels.

I like to put my plate in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm up the chocolate. This delicious snack can be ready in less than 5 minutes. And there will be NO MESS.

3. How to cut a pomegranates.

10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

I cut the top off. Then carefully cut where the segments are separated. You don’t have to cut very deep. Then, as shown in step 4, carefully pull the whole pomegranate apart. From there, you can easily access the seeds.

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4. Butter a pan without touching the butter.

10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

I don’t know about you, but I hate touching butter (not as much as I hate touching brown sugar, but that’s a different post). So instead of using a paper towel to butter my pans, I put my hand in a plastic baggie and spread it that way. I also have a lot more control as to where the butter goes, and plastic does not absorb any butter like a paper towel would.

5. Picky Eaters at home?…

10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

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Use a cookie cutter to spice up the presentation of the food. This is always a huge hit with my kiddos!

6. Fill up your ice cube tray in the freezer.

We have these super dorky really cool Star Wars Ice Cube Trays. I hated filling them up because I would always spill water everywhere while going from the sink to the freezer. Finally, I came up with a solution.

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7. “Homemade” Pudding Pops!

10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

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8. Buy cheese rinds.

10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

Do you ever need freshly grated Parmesan for a recipe, but don’t want to spend $18 a pound? Check to see if your grocery store sells the rinds of the cheese. There is almost always a little bit of cheese left on the rind that you can use, and they are significantly cheaper than buying just the cheese. If you look closely, you can see my grocery store charges $7.99/pound for rinds. And this package set me back less than $2. Be sure to look through them to see which ones have the most cheese on it. I once got 2 cups of cheese from just one rind! Then you can always cook soup or sauce with the leftover rinds.

9. Make your own butter.

10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

One of my family’s favorite meals is Fettuccine Alfredo, so we often have heavy cream just hanging out in our fridge. Rather than drink it all by myself in my coffee over the next several days, I like to turn it into butter.

All you need to do is put the cream in a sealed container, and shake. It’s actually kind of fun, for the first few minutes. And if you can get the kids in on the action, it can be a great learning experience for them. But seriously, all you have to do is shake for a really long time. Eventually, you will have a clump of butter sloshing around in some buttermilk. I would suggest washing the buttermilk off of the butter and squeezing as much of it out as you can. That way, the butter will last a bit longer. I think everyone should try this at least once.

Oh, and the butter that comes out of it, is delicious!

10. Seal everything!

10 Cooking Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

I got a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer about two years ago. I use it occasionally to do the job that it is originally intended, to vacuum seal meats so they will last a long time in the freezer.

But, I use it DAILY to seal anything we open that has plastic. Our cereals, chips, snacks, etc, stay fresh because we seal the bag shut after every use. No more stale chips.

Now it’s your turn! What’s your favorite cooking hack, tip, or trick you would like to share?

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September 15, 2016
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  • Reply Lauren

    These are awesome ideas and I really want to try to make butter!!! Pinned!

    September 16, 2016 at 9:58 am
    • Reply Tarynn Playle

      Thank you!! I want to make it more when the kids will help and it’s not just me shaking it!!

      September 16, 2016 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Tessa

    Love the tips, Tarynn! These are really awesome and simple ideas 🙂

    September 19, 2016 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Alana

    These cooking hacks, tips, and tricks are GENIOUS!!! I can’t wait to try so many of these (I knew maybe three of them)

    September 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm
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