5 Preservative Tips in the Kitchen

These Tips Will Help You When You Are Working In The Kitchen



1. HASSLE-FREE PLASTIC WRAP

For a basic kitchen convenience, plastic wrap can be awfully inconvenient. It’s so annoying when you go to wrap up some leftovers and the plastic wrap doesn’t work. You’re left holding a wad of crumpled plastic instead of the smooth, shiny sheet shown in the commercial. Plastic wrap seems to only stick to itself, which renders it practically useless.

Sound familiar? Well, there’s another thing those commercials don’t tell you: You can avoid this issue by storing your plastic wrap in the refrigerator. The cold air reduces the plastic wrap’s tendency to cling to itself and helps it stick to all those things you actually want it to cling to. This hack will make your leftovers easier to access, and cut down on irritation.

2. COVER FOOD WITH A SHOWER CAP

When it comes to hairstyles, moisture and humidity are the enemy—that’s why we have plastic caps to protect them in the shower. But it turns out that shower caps can be used for more than just doing a mediocre job of keeping your hair dry. They also do a pretty good job of covering food—protecting it from rain, bugs and debris. Just pop the cap over a leftover container or pie dish. Unlike plastic wrap, it’s quick to use and easy to replace once removed.

This is a great hack for whenever you’re taking food to a party or storing it in your fridge. So stock up on shower caps—they’ll cut down on kitchen hassle, and you’ll always have one on hand when you need to keep your hair dry

3. OPEN JARS WITHOUT HURTING YOUR HANDS

The struggle to open a jar may be a sitcom cliché, but it’s also very real—opening jars can sometimes be quite a task. By now most of us know a few tricks to loosen tricky jars. But what happens when you’ve tried running the jar under hot water, using a dish towel to get a better grip, and popping the lid by hitting the bottom of the jar—and nothing seems to work?

There’s another hack that you probably don’t know about. Have you ever tried wrapping a rubber band around the jar’s lid? This will help you get more traction as you attempt to twist the lid. If you’re still struggling after trying this, try using a towel in addition to the rubber band. Towels don’t accomplish much by themselves, but when added to a rubber band, this will add even more traction, letting you apply even more of your strength to the jar. With this trick, jars are a problem no more.

4. PRESERVE YOUR HERBS

Fresh herbs like basil, parsley, rosemary and cilantro are absolutely delicious. There’s no easier way to give rich, authentic flavor to recipes than adding a handful of these fragrant leaves. But they come with a problem. It’s rare to buy just the right amount of an herb, and unlike the spices in your spice rack, they don’t last forever. In a matter of days, they’ll start to wilt, leaving you stuck paying a premium for another bunch of herbs for your next recipe.

If you’ve tried freezing herbs, you know that it’s not the best way to preserve them. The herbs dry out and are wilted when you defrost them. You can eliminate this issue by freezing them in either water or olive oil. The frozen liquid will preserve the taste and texture of the herbs, and they’ll stay fresher longer.

5. REVIVE YOUR WOODEN UTENSILS

Wooden utensils are absolutely fantastic—they look good, they don’t melt, and they don’t transmit heat to your hand. But when it’s time to clean them, problems arise. They’re not dishwasher-safe, and they have a tendency to pick up stains that scrubbing won’t remove.

When this happens, don’t throw your wooden spoons away! A great cleaning method is to boil your utensils in water and then set them outside to dry in the sun. The hot water penetrates the wood’s surface and washes the stains away. We wish all cleaning was this easy.