• Cooking Hacks That Make Life in the Kitchen Easier

  • by Austin Schachinger

Knowing how to cook can be a crucial skill for our lives.  For some it comes easy and is enjoyable, but for others it is a hassle that leaves the kitchen looking like your grandkids raided your cupboards and had a food fight.  Some novice chefs might ask, “why cook when I can go out to eat?  It’s faster and easier, right?”  Yes, at times going out to eat is more convenient, but it can burn a big hole in your wallet.  Prepping food at home rather than eating out allows you to control portions and save a ton of money.  To help you enjoy your time in the kitchen, we listed some of our favorite tricks to try out the next time you cook.

Breakfast

If you are the kind of person who likes to sleep in an extra 20 minutes instead of making and eating a good breakfast, here are some tricks we’ve used to hit snooze a little longer.  Oatmeal is a great go-to breakfast in the morning, but when you’re in a rush, you may not have time to boil a pot of water.  Instead, use a Keurig.  Keurigs are basically the new kids on the block when it comes to coffee machines.  All you do is press a button, and boom, you have your cup of coffee.  However, you can also use them to get hot water instantly.  This is very useful if you like to eat oatmeal in the morning but are crunched on time.  Another handy trick is keeping pancake mix in an old ketchup bottle.  If you have a little more time in the morning, this makes making pancakes easier and it leaves no mess.  You simply squeeze the batter out of the bottle and onto the skillet. Omelet muffins also make a great grab and go snack for busy mornings. Just make them the night before, then pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to heat them up.

Dinner for Lunch

One of the great perks of preparing your own food at home is there are almost always leftovers.  Depending on how much is needed to prepare your meal, any meal can be repurposed into a new one, whether you eat it for lunch the next day or reheat the ingredients and make it into a whole new meal.  If you are one that doesn’t enjoy cooking that much or you don’t want to go through all the work, making more than one meal’s worth at one time is a good habit to get into.  That way, you only have to go through all the preparation and cooking once, and you have enough meals to last you a few days.

Snacks

Maybe cooking big meals isn’t quite your forte and you can prefer smaller meals or snacks throughout the day. Here are some unique twists to put on some popular snacks.  Ordinary peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can get old fast.  To make them even more delicious, throw some butter on the outside side of each slice of bread and grill it on the stove like a grilled cheese.  The result is a warm and creamy peanut butter and jelly that will always leave you satisfied. Craft your own corn dogs by putting cut up pieces of hot dog in muffin tins filled with corn bread mix. Cook until the cornbread is heated through. For a boost of energy, mix together some dried strawberries and blueberries with almonds, cashews, and sunflower seeds for a nutritious, filling snack.

Remember to always consult with your doctor first before making any changes to your diet. This article is for informational purposes only.