Looking to free up some time in the kitchen? Check out these 6 Time Saving Kitchen Essentials to streamline simple kitchen tasks!
These days, I’m pretty sure I’ll do just about anything to find just five extra minutes in my day. Having two kids in 2 years means my hand are often pretty full – literally. The amount of things I can do with a baby on each hip is pretty impressive, not gonna lie.
The bulk of my time (other than wrangling 2 little boys) is spent in our kitchen – cooking, prepping, cleaning – so I;m always searching for ways to shave my time there. That’s how I discovered some of my favorite time saving kitchen essentials. My time saving kitchen essentials are simple items that everyone should have in their kitchen
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5 Time Saving Kitchen Essentials
Box Grater. Seriously, this is probably my favorite kitchen tool. Oh, you thought that a grater was just for cheese? Nope. Do you hate chopping garlic as much as I do? It’s the bane of my existence. Peel your garlic cloves and then grate them all the way down – if needed, run your knife through it once or twice. Box graters are also perfect for zesting citrus fruit, grating ginger, making coleslaw, or even makeshift zoodles – grate a zucchini lengthwise to create the longest strips/noodles possible.
Mason Jars. Mason jars are kind of a catch all in our house – we use them for everything. Use them to save time in a bunch of different ways – leftover containers that you’ll never have to search for matching tops and are microwavable, pickling, storing loose essentials like sugar or flour, or my favorite – salad dressing! Pour seasoning, vinegar, and oil of choice and shake like crazy. I’ve also made whipped cream in one once, if you’re looking for an arm workout 😉
Food Processor. While this is obviously a larger piece of equipment, there is SO MUCH you can do with a food processor – use it to quickly and easily make pie crusts, energy bites, pestos, mayonnaise, nut butters.. not to mention, with certain blades and feeders, it can save your arm and some time in your slicing, dicing, and grating. (and maybe a finger or two, if you’re using an unguarded mandolin.)
Kitchen Shears. I use my kitchen shears at least once a day, no lie. When kept sharp and in your knife block or drawer, you won’t be searching for a pair of scissors of hurting yourself by cutting open a package of bacon with a knife. My favorite use, though, is chopped salads! Check out this post to see my favorite chopped salad, (I also really love this one!) but basically, toss everything you want in your salad into a big bowl and go at it – a salad you can make with a baby on your hip.
Scrub Brush and/or Straw Cleaner. Instead of spending stupid amounts of time scrubbing cups and straws with a sponge and who knows what (no lie, I have cleaned a straw with a cotton ball, q-tips, and a pencil.) invest in a scrub brush and straw cleaners – seriously such a time saver when you don’t have a dishwasher!
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