To prevent accidents in your kitchen drawers, push a
cork onto the end of sharp tools like fondue forks and metal skewers.
To quickly polish silver, rub a little bit of toothpaste (not gel
varieties) on the silver until shiny, then rinse with water. (This is
best used on smaller pieces of silver.)
A toothbrush does a good
job of cleaning out the holes of a garlic press. It also comes in
handy when cleaning out the small holes of a cheese grater and
shredding disks of a food processor.
To clean caramelized or
burnt-on sugar from a saucepan, bring water to a boil in the pan until
it dissolves the sugar layer.
To clean a dirty blender carafe,
fill it halfway with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing soap.
Replace the lid and run at low speed, then pour out the water and
Stretch a wide rubber band (like those that hold
bunches of broccoli together) around the lids of jars to help you grip
them. Wrap a few rubber bands around your knife handle, too. This will
be easier to hold on to than a wet, greasy handle.
If you don't
have a strawberry huller, a drinking straw does the trick too. Simply
push one end of a straw up through the bottom of the berry and through
the green top.
Make a wide-mouth funnel by using scissors to cut
off the top of a 2-liter plastic soda bottle around the upper edge of
Prevent a cutting board from sliding on a work surface
by placing it on top of either a damp kitchen towel or a sheet of
nonskid rubberized shelf liner (sold in the housewares section of
Put a few marbles in the bottom of your teapot
before filling with water. You'll know when the water has boiled down
by listening to the rattle of the marbles inside.
skillets have a tendency to nick if stacked on top of each other in
cabinets. To protect the nonstick surface, place inexpensive paper
plates or folded up paper towels between the pans before storing.
Use a stiff wire brush to scrape any cooked-on residue off the grill
grates. Clean grates are key to preventing sticking.
Line a large
platter or cookie sheet with foil before taking meat out to the grill
for cooking. Once the meat is on the grill, simply remove and discard
the foil—the platter is clean and ready to use after the meat is
The next time you grill burgers, put the condiments in a
muffin tin—no more toting several bottles and jars to the picnic
A coffee grinder is great for grinding spices but should be
cleaned between tasks, add a tablespoon of dry rice and buzz until all
traces of the spice are gone. Wipe the grinder clean with a dry paper
For easy cleanup, coat the inside of a colander with
nonstick spray before draining pasta or potatoes. The starchy residue
in the cooking water won't leave a sticky film on the colander.
When pureeing hot soups in a blender, prevent scorching splatters by
filling the carafe just half full and covering the lid with a kitchen
towel. Use short on/off bursts of power, this keeps built-up steam from
blowing off the lid.
Keep a pair of tweezers handy specifically
for kitchen use. They're perfect for retrieving herbs from simmering
soups or removing small bones from fish fillets. You'll be amazed at
what you use them for!
Before slicing pizza, coat the wheel of the
pizza cutter with nonstick spray—this will help keep the cheese and
toppings from sticking to the blade.
If you don't have a small
funnel to refill your pepper grinder, cut the bottom off of a
cone-style coffee filter at the seam and fold the filter in half. Fit
the filter into the opening of the grinder and pour in the