Kitchen Tips to Save Time

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Here are kitchen tips and tricks to streamline your time in the kitchen.

  • For a super fast fish dish, add some fresh ginger or garlic to some oil in a saute pan. Heat and stir over a medium fire for about 3 minutes. Remove the ginger or garlic and cook the fish in the flavored oil.

  • By pounding boneless chicken or turkey to 1/4 inch thickness, you cut the cooking time in half.

  • Pre-cook veggies for stir-fries in the microwave while sauteing the meat.

  • Hamburgers cook faster if you poke a hole in the middle while shaping them. The holes disappear as they cook.

  • While frying or sauteing small pieces of meat or fish, don't crowd the pan. Use a large pan or wok and cook in batches.

  • Microwave a carton of ice cream for 10 to 15 seconds to make scooping a breeze. No more bent spoons with this kitchen tip!

  • Save energy by boiling part of the water for pasta in a teakettle and adding to the pot. Teakettles boil faster.

  • Cut big pieces of meat in half to grill them quicker. Small chunks of meat on a skewer grill in a snap.

  • When making pasta with vegetables, throw the vegetables in with the pasta for the last four minutes of cooking time.

    Those are kitchen tips and tricks to save you time.


  • Make buttermilk by replacing 1 TBLSPN milk with 1 TBLSPN lemon juice per cup of milk needed.

  • To make cake flour out of all-purpose flour replace 2 TBLSPNS flour with 2 TBLSPNS cornstarch.

  • Add 1/3 cup melted butter to 3/4 cup milk to make heavy cream. Cannot be used to make whipped cream (cooking or baking only)

  • If your recipe calls for wine, you can use 2 TBLSPNS rice wine (or wine vinegar) and add chicken broth to make 1/2 cup.

  • 1 tsp dry herbs equals 1 TBLSPN fresh herbs.

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh onion equals 1 TBLSPN dried minced onion. (won't work for sauteing, but is great for meatloaf)

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