top of page


Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or someone who’s just beginning to navigate the culinary world, we all know that cooking can sometimes feel like a daunting task.

From prepping ingredients to cleaning up the mess afterward, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But what if I told you there are simple kitchen hacks that can save you time, reduce stress, and make your cooking experience a whole lot more enjoyable?

In this post, I’m sharing 50 incredible kitchen hacks that will transform the way you cook, clean, and organize your kitchen. Let’s dive in and discover how you can make your life easier with these clever tricks.

kitchen hacks

50 Helpful Kitchen Hacks

1. Use a Damp Paper Towel to Keep Herbs Fresh Wrap your fresh herbs in a damp paper towel before storing them in a plastic bag in the fridge. The moisture from the paper towel keeps the herbs from drying out, so they stay fresh for longer. This means no more wilted parsley or cilantro after just a few days.

2. Peel Garlic Quickly Place a whole head of garlic in a jar, close the lid, and shake it vigorously for about 20 seconds. When you open the jar, you’ll find the garlic cloves are separated from their skins. This is a huge time-saver compared to peeling each clove by hand.

3. Prevent Potatoes from Sprouting Store your potatoes with an apple. The apple emits ethylene gas, which helps keep the potatoes from sprouting. This way, your potatoes last longer and you waste less food.

4. Easily Grate Soft Cheese Freeze soft cheese like mozzarella for about 15 minutes before grating it. The brief freezing period makes the cheese firmer and easier to grate, without turning into a sticky mess.

5. Use a Spoon to Peel Ginger Forget about using a knife or peeler for ginger. Simply use a spoon to scrape off the skin. It’s easier and you won’t waste as much of the ginger itself.

6. Revive Stale Bread Sprinkle some water on your stale bread and bake it in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes. The steam will rehydrate the bread, making it taste fresh and crispy again.

7. Keep Brown Sugar Soft Place a slice of bread or a few marshmallows in your brown sugar container. The moisture from the bread or marshmallows keeps the sugar soft and clump-free.

8. No More Crying Over Onions Chill onions in the freezer for 15 minutes before chopping. This reduces the amount of the tear-inducing gas released when you cut into the onion.

9. Perfectly Even Cake Layers Use unflavored dental floss to slice cake layers evenly. Just hold the floss taut and slice through the cake. It’s much more precise than using a knife.

10. Keep Avocados Green Store cut avocados with a piece of onion. The sulfur in the onion prevents the avocado from browning. Just make sure the onion is touching the exposed flesh of the avocado.

11. Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs Easily Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when boiling eggs. The baking soda makes the eggs easier to peel by raising the pH level of the water.

12. Speed Up Ripening Place fruits in a paper bag with a banana. The ethylene gas emitted by the banana speeds up the ripening process. This works great for avocados, peaches, and more.

13. Use Ice Cubes to De-Fat Soup Float an ice cube in your soup to attract excess fat. The fat will solidify around the cold ice cube, making it easy to remove with a spoon.

14. Make Buttermilk Substitute If you don’t have buttermilk, mix a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice with a cup of milk. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to curdle, and you have a quick buttermilk substitute for baking.

15. Preserve Freshness with Ice Water Store cut vegetables like celery and carrots in ice water in the fridge. This keeps them crisp and fresh for much longer, making your meal prep a breeze.

16. Prevent Boiling Over Place a wooden spoon across the top of a pot to prevent it from boiling over. The spoon pops the bubbles and keeps your stove clean.

17. Quickly Ripen Bananas Bake bananas in the oven at 300°F for 15-20 minutes to ripen them quickly. This is perfect for when you need ripe bananas for baking but only have green ones.

18. Easy Pancake Batter Dispenser Use an empty ketchup bottle to pour pancake batter. It’s much less messy and allows you to control the amount of batter you pour, resulting in perfectly shaped pancakes.

19. Save Time with Pre-Cut Veggies Spend a few hours on the weekend chopping vegetables and storing them in airtight containers in the fridge. This makes it easy to grab and cook during the busy weekdays.

20. Keep Lettuce Crisp Store lettuce with a paper towel in a plastic container. The paper towel absorbs excess moisture, preventing the lettuce from wilting too quickly.

21. Effortless Meat Slicing Partially freeze meat before slicing it. This makes the meat firmer and easier to cut into thin, even slices. It’s especially useful for stir-fries and sandwiches.

22. Non-Sticky Measuring Spoons Spray your measuring spoons with cooking spray before measuring sticky ingredients like honey or molasses. The ingredients will slide right off, making for easier measuring and less mess.

23. Reuse Parmesan Rinds Save the rinds from Parmesan cheese and add them to soups and sauces. They add a rich, umami flavor that enhances the taste of your dishes.

24. Clean Cast Iron with Salt Use coarse salt and a bit of water to scrub your cast iron pans. The salt acts as an abrasive to remove food particles without stripping the seasoning.

25. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Microwave lemons for 15-20 seconds before juicing. The heat loosens the juice inside the fruit, making it easier to extract more juice.

26. Reusable Citrus Zest Freeze citrus zest for later use. Whenever you use a lemon, lime, or orange, zest it first and freeze the zest. It’s great for adding flavor to dishes without any waste.

27. DIY Non-Stick Cooking Spray Make your own non-stick spray by combining equal parts of oil and flour in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray your baking pans. It works just like the store-bought version.

28. Cool Wine Quickly Wrap a bottle of wine in a wet towel and place it in the freezer. The wet towel speeds up the chilling process, cooling the wine in about 15 minutes.

29. Prevent Fruit Flies Keep fruit flies at bay by placing a small dish of apple cider vinegar with a drop of dish soap on your counter. The flies are attracted to the vinegar but the soap traps them.

30. Use a Pizza Cutter for Herbs Roll a pizza cutter over fresh herbs for quick and easy chopping. It’s faster than using a knife and works just as well.

31. Soften Butter Faster Grate cold butter to soften it quickly for baking. The small pieces soften much faster than a whole stick, getting you baking-ready in no time.

32. DIY Garlic Paste Make a big batch of garlic paste by blending peeled garlic cloves with a bit of oil. Store it in the fridge for up to a week. It’s a convenient way to have minced garlic ready to go.

33. Prevent Sticky Rice Rinse rice under cold water until the water runs clear before cooking. This removes excess starch that makes rice sticky.

34. Perfectly Cooked Bacon Bake bacon in the oven at 400°F for 15-20 minutes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. It cooks evenly and is much less messy than frying on the stove.

35. Stop Cutting Boards from Slipping Place a damp paper towel under your cutting board to keep it from sliding around. It makes chopping safer and easier.

36. Use a Muffin Tin for Condiments Serve condiments in a muffin tin for easy access and less cleanup during parties. It’s a great way to keep everything organized.

37. Extend the Life of Your Sponge Microwave a damp sponge for 1-2 minutes to kill bacteria and extend its life. Just be careful, it will be hot when you take it out.

38. Easy Citrus Peeling Roll citrus fruits on the counter with your palm before peeling. This loosens the skin, making it much easier to peel.

39. Keep Cookies Soft Store cookies with a slice of bread to keep them soft. The bread absorbs moisture, preventing the cookies from drying out.

40. DIY Cake Flour Make your own cake flour by replacing 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour with cornstarch for every cup of flour needed. Sift them together for a light, airy flour perfect for cakes.

41. Flavorful Ice Cubes Freeze leftover herbs in olive oil in an ice cube tray. Use these cubes to add flavor to your dishes without having to chop fresh herbs every time.

42. No More Lumpy Gravy Use a whisk to stir your gravy or sauces to keep them smooth and lump-free. A whisk incorporates air and breaks up any lumps much better than a spoon.

43. Pre-Scoop Ice Cream Pre-scoop ice cream and place the scoops on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze them for easy serving at parties, no more struggling with a hard tub of ice cream.

44. Peel Eggs with a Spoon Crack the egg and use a spoon to slide between the shell and the egg. It makes peeling much easier and faster, especially for hard-boiled eggs.

45. Keep Berries Fresh Wash berries in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. This kills any mold spores and keeps them fresh longer in the fridge.

46. Make Your Own Breadcrumbs Use stale bread to make breadcrumbs. Just blend the bread in a food processor until it reaches your desired consistency, and store in the freezer for future use.

47. Easy Corn on the Cob Microwave corn in the husk for 4-5 minutes. The husk and silk will easily peel away afterward, and the corn will be perfectly cooked.

48. Freeze Leftover Wine Pour leftover wine into an ice cube tray and freeze it. Use the wine cubes for cooking later. It’s perfect for adding to sauces or stews without opening a new bottle.

49. Slice Cherry Tomatoes Easily Place cherry tomatoes between two plates and slice horizontally through the gap with a sharp knife. This method is quick and ensures even slices without tomatoes rolling all over.

50. DIY Lemon Extract Soak lemon peels in vodka for a few weeks to make your own lemon extract. It’s great for baking and adds a fresh lemon flavor to your recipes.

And there you have it—50 fantastic kitchen hacks to make your life easier!

By incorporating these tips and tricks into your daily routine, you’ll find that cooking, cleaning, and organizing your kitchen becomes a breeze.

Remember, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and with these hacks, you’ll spend less time stressing and more time enjoying delicious meals with your loved ones. So go ahead, try out these kitchen hacks, and transform your culinary experience today!

Happy cooking!


bottom of page