I love good kitchen hack. Anything to make my life easier is much appreciated.

Today I’m sharing my tried-and-true kitchen tips and tricks. They’re ones that I actually use and love. Some of them I’ve been utilizing since I was a teen!

Alright, let’s get to the hacks!


Removing an eggshell fragment

This is one of those hacks that I thought wouldn’t work because it seemed too good to be true. I was wrong!

Simply use a larger piece of eggshell to scoop up those pesky little fragments. It feels like magic.


Use a spoon to skin a kiwi

This trick works best if your kiwi is ripe (not rock hard).

First, slice the ends off of a kiwi. Slide a spoon under the skin, and run it all the way around the kiwi, keeping it as close to the skin as possible without breaking through the skin.


You’ll be able to slide the skin right off!


Then just slice and serve.


Hands-free pouring

This is kitchen hack that I’ve been using since I was a teen.

Cuff the top of a zippered plastic storage bag down around itself. This keeps the bag open and stable while you pour food into it!


Neatly line a pan with parchment paper

This is something I learned from Christina of Dessert For Two.

Shoving parchment paper into a pan can be frustrating. To combat this, flip your pan upside down and wrap the parchment paper around the outside of it. Think of it like wrapping a present. Make sure to crease all of the edges well. 


Now flip the pan and parchment paper around. You’ll have to do a bit of maneuvering and adjusting, but the parchment paper will fit in neatly.


Quickly soften butter

If you forget to take butter out of the fridge to soften, don’t fret! You can get it to soften faster by chopping it into smaller pieces. Bonus points if you set it in a warm spot in your kitchen!


Bring eggs to room temperature quickly

Along the same lines, you can quickly warm eggs to room temp by placing them in a bowl and covering them with very warm (not hot) water. Let them sit for about 5–10 minutes while you prep the rest of your recipe.


Easily remove pomegranate seeds

As I described in my Pomegranate 101 post, it’s easy to get the arils of a pomegranate out by using a wooden spoon! First slice your pomegranate in half around the middle. Then hold it upside down over a bowl, and whack the back of it with a wooden spoon. The seeds will pop out!


Evenly portion muffin batter

Use an ice cream scoop to evenly portion out muffin batter. The kind with the trigger release makes it easy to transfer the batter to the muffin tin: no trying desperately to get the batter off of a spoon.


Prevent potatoes from browning

This is a trick I learned from my mom. If you want to peel your potatoes in advance, simply cover them with cold water to prevent them from browning. Your potatoes might retain a bit more water if they’re left overnight in the fridge like this. But if you’re making mashed potatoes with them, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference.


So those are some of my favorite kitchen hacks that actually work for me. If you have any tips or tricks of your own, please share in the comments!


Erica Kastner of Buttered Side Up


Hello! My name is Erica and I was born and raised in northern Minnesota. I’ve enjoyed being in the kitchen as far back as I can remember. I was so happy when my mom let me wash dishes for the first time when I was about 5 (I just wish I was still as enthusiastic). I was so proud to be allowed to knead bread dough when I was 8. And my mom would let me concoct my own recipes for deviled eggs, no supervision. When I was about 16, I became very interested in the nutritional aspect of food. I began experimenting with adapting recipes to make them healthier. After several failures, I was able to make meals and treats that my family loved. I wanted to share my successes with the world, and so I started my very first recipe blog. I have been blogging about my love for food ever since! Some random facts about me: I’m a shortie: a little over 5’2″ tall. Foods that gross me out: watermelon, margarine, and mellow yellow. I broke my leg in a horse riding accident when I was 9. My favorite guilty pleasure late-night snack is cold cereal (with loads of cream). And finally, I was homeschooled for all of my education, and I loved it!

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