Grab a mug of something warm – this is a hacks alert! Kitchen tips for saving in the kitchen are my favorite. Follow these 7 tips for quick and easy hacks. They’re good for saving resources, space, and eating healthy at home. These hacks are savers in the kitchen.
7 Tips for Saving in the Kitchen
- Add white beans to soup as a thickener – here’s how to use beans as a gluten free soup thickener. This adds protein and fiber as well as creaminess. Make a healthier version of mac and cheese by using white beans to thicken it. Here’s a recipe for mac and cheese.
- After roasting vegetables – here’s how to oven roast vegetables to make soup – or making garden fresh gazpacho, add 1 cup of white beans to the processor and pulse until smooth. Either vegetable soup is now a substantial meal.
- Use canning/mason glass jars to make and store homemade salad dressing in. After making a paste of garlic and salt – make the paste in a mortar and pestle – add olive oil and vinegar – and any other ingredients – and shake. It’s easy to pour and easy to store in the refrigerator.
- Keep vegetable scraps – onion skins, carrot tops/bottoms, celery tops/bottoms, herb stalks – in a plastic bag in the freezer and make veggie broth out of what would have gone into the compost. After oven roasting a chicken – here’s how to oven roast a chicken – stash chicken bones into the freezer bag and make ‘bone broth’ the same way. Here’s how to make chicken broth/stock.
- Make a vow to never blanch again! Tomato skins, peach skins – once they’re roasted or in a pie – they’re soft and tasty. Skip the extra step and save time. Here’s how to oven roast tomatoes.
- Store cast iron in the oven. After cooking with cast iron and cleaning it, give it a wipe with oil and store it in the oven. Next time the oven gets turned on, the cast iron gets a mini-seasoning session. Here’s how to season cast iron.
- After cooking bacon, save the grease in a small cup and keep it in your freezer. The next time you’re cooking and a recipe calls for pork or meat, skip it. Instead, add 1 Tablespoon of the saved bacon grease to a pan and cook something – onions, vegetables, or garlic. Your home will smell delicious and your family will think they’re eating meat but they’re not! Flavoring with bacon instead of eating it – is a great trick.
When I can save in the kitchen – time, resources, recipe steps – I do it! This keeps me cooking and keeps things simple. Using resources wisely is less wasteful and saves money. Wins all around!
What would you add to this list of kitchen hacks? What’s your favorite “saver” when cooking?
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