17 Kitchen Hacks you Should Absolutely Know

I love to cook: filling my kitchen with the smells of fresh baking, then sharing the results of that baking with hopefully-appreciative friends. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t times when I dread stepping into my kitchen. Sometimes, even little things, like avoiding a mess, turn into a big headache. Thankfully, with these kitchen hacks, the kitchen becomes easier to manage than ever.

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1. Pry Open Those Jars

There’s not always someone around to call into the kitchen to crack open a jar for you. Instead of wasting your time and energy, grab a rubber band, wrap it around the lid of the jar, and crank open! If that still doesn’t work, cover it with a dishtowel and try again. It should help that stubborn lid pop right off.

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2. Fix Your Butter

Ever melted more butter than you needed? Need to take it back to solid form again? Place your melted butter in a bowel, then drop that bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and cold water. It will quickly resolidify, allowing you to store it more easily.

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3. Skip the Measuring Mess

Measuring sticky liquid sweeteners can leave your measuring cups gummed up and honey, agave, or maple syrup everywhere. Not anymore! For small measurements, heat the spoon or dip it in oil before measuring. For measuring cups, spritz with cooking spray for a much smoother measurement (and easier release, so that everything actually ends up in your recipe). If your recipe includes a liquid oil measurement, use the same measuring cup you use for your sweetener, but measure the oil first: it will help the sticky substance slid right out of the cup.