For the amount of time we spend cooking and cleaning and even socialising in our kitchens, here are a few handy tips to help you out.
If chopping onions make your hands stink, use a bit of lemon juice to remedy the situation. Image credit Beverly Lar/sxc.hu
If you hate the way your hands smell after chopping up onions, fresh lemon juice will remove the smell.
To save money (and not waste food) pour all your leftover vegetables and the water in which you steamed or cooked them in into a large container in your freezer. When the container is full, add some tomato juice or chicken/vegetable stock, a bit of seasonings and you'll have a 'free' soup.
Keep your leftover steamed or boiled vegetables in the freezer until you have enough to make a veggie soup. Image credit Maria Zacha/sxc.hu
Never soak vegetables after you slice them, they will lose much of their nutritional value.
If you dislike the odor from cooking cabbage, cauliflower, etc., add a tiny bit of vinegar to the water before cooking.
Perk up soggy lettuce by soaking it in a mixture of lemon juice and cold water.
Egg shells can be easily removed from hard-boiled eggs if they are quickly rinsed in cold water after they are boiled. Also, add a tiny drop of food coloring into the water to help you tell the hard boiled from the raw eggs in your refrigerator.
Shells will come off a hard boiled easier if the egg is quickly rinsed in cold water after it's been boiled. Image courtesy of Forward pics/sxc.hu
To prevent cheese from sticking to a grater, lightly spray it with cooking spray.
To keep hot oil from spattering, sprinkle a little salt or flour into the pan before frying.
Lemon juice rubbed onto fish before grilling will enhance it's flavour and help it maintain its colour.