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23 Genius Kitchen Shortcuts That'll Make Your Life Way Easier From Now On

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015  —  By Jessica Catcher  
Jessica Catcher

Jessica Catcher

Jessica is a writer who lives in Queens, NY. She spends most of her time listening to One Direction, watching TV, and hanging out with her one-eyed cat, Rigby.

I'll be honest, I don't spend a whole lot of time in my kitchen. Mostly because I am very accident-prone and that's where my roommates keep their sharp things.

But these simple shortcuts make me think even I could tackle a trip to the stove once in a while. You don't need to be a master chef to benefit from their tricks of the trade. These will make every meal less of a battle and more of a breeze.

1. Freeze everything. Okay, not everything, but most things: leftover wine for sauces, egg whites, vegetable stock, herbs, etc.

Freeze everything. Okay, not everything, but most things: leftover wine for sauces, egg whites, vegetable stock, herbs, etc.

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2. Stick your cling wrap in the fridge; it'll make it less difficult to handle.

Stick your cling wrap in the fridge; it'll make it less difficult to handle.

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3. Make garlic easier to peel by heating the cloves in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

Make garlic easier to peel by heating the cloves in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

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4. Get more juice from your lemons by microwaving them for about 20 seconds first.

Get more juice from your lemons by microwaving them for about 20 seconds first.

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5. Use a grater to slice frozen butter.

Use a grater to slice frozen butter.

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6. Grate fresh mozzarella without it turning to mush by freezing it first.

Grate fresh mozzarella without it turning to mush by freezing it first.

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7. Check if your eggs have gone bad by dunking them in cold water. If they float to the top, toss 'em.

Check if your eggs have gone bad by dunking them in cold water. If they float to the top, toss 'em.

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8. Add a dash of baking soda to your water to make peeling hard-boiled eggs easier.

Add a dash of baking soda to your water to make peeling hard-boiled eggs easier.

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9. Keep tomatoes fresher longer by storing them at room temperature with the stem-side down.

Keep tomatoes fresher longer by storing them at room temperature with the stem-side down.

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10. Boil water faster by heating up half the amount for a couple minutes in the microwave and adding it to the pot.

Boil water faster by heating up half the amount for a couple minutes in the microwave and adding it to the pot.

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11. Gelatin: it's not just for jello. Seriously, you can do SO MUCH more with it.

Gelatin: it's not just for jello. Seriously, you can do <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/08/beyond-jello-everything-you-can-do-with-gelatin.html" target="_blank">SO MUCH</a> more with it.

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12. Keep marinara on hand. Freeze up any extra you have for a quick meal starter.

Keep marinara on hand. Freeze up any extra you have for a quick meal starter.

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13. Embrace the store-bought rotisserie chicken as another versatile meal starter.

Embrace the store-bought rotisserie chicken as another versatile meal starter.

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14. Make too much rice? Freeze what's left and use it for lunch the next day.

Make too much rice? Freeze what's left and use it for lunch the next day.

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15. Use instant potatoes as a substitute for breading for fish or poultry.

16. Save old takeout containers for uniform, easy-to-organize tupperware.

Save old takeout containers for uniform, easy-to-organize tupperware.

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17. Clean your wooden spoons by putting them in boiling water and allowing them to dry in the sun.

Clean your wooden spoons by putting them in boiling water and allowing them to dry in the sun.

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18. Clean your stinky cutting board with salt and lemon.

Clean your stinky cutting board with salt and lemon.

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19. For measuring gooey, messy liquids like syrup, line your measuring cups with cooking spray.

For measuring gooey, messy liquids like syrup, line your measuring cups with cooking spray.

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20. Shield yourself from hand mixer splatter with a paper plate as a splash guard.

Shield yourself from hand mixer splatter with a <a href="http://www.justdiy.com/splattered-batter/" target="_blank">paper plate</a> as a splash guard.

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21. Mushy cookie dough can be hard to slice without smushing, but floss slices through perfectly.

Mushy cookie dough can be hard to slice without smushing, but floss slices through perfectly.

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Just be sure to get the non-flavored kind, of course.

22. De-germ your icky sponges by zapping them in the microwave for a few seconds.

De-germ your icky sponges by zapping them in the microwave for a few seconds.

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23. Over-salt your soup? Toss a whole peeled potato in and it will absorb all the excess savoriness.

Over-salt your soup? Toss a whole peeled potato in and it will absorb all the excess savoriness.

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(via Serious Eats, Best Plants, Refinery29)

Now the only thing that should scare you in the kitchen is whether or not you made enough for tomorrow and the day after.

 

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