We love kitchen tricks and hacks! Who doesn’t love finding new ways to utilize and reuse? Its upcycling at its best. Given that hacks are one of Smart Step Home’s favorite topics, we decided to share a few of our favorites with you. Fresh ideas for spring…. (even if it is snowing outside!).
Kitchen Hack – Waffle Irons
Photo Courtesy of littlebitfunky.com – cinnamon rolls
We love waffles. So, get ready to dust off that iron because we found some great and very easy ways to create some downright delicious waffle creations. Since a waffle iron is basically a ‘press’ you can literally create anything that is gently grilled – it will just have waffle marks. So we put it to the test and these are our favorites:
- Bacon – just lay the bacon strips on the iron and it cooks perfectly crispy! Easy and delish.
- Hash Browns — grill your hash browns to a perfect, golden brown. They will come out looking like a yummy, savory potato waffle.
- Cinnamon Rolls — you can either heat up older cinnamon rolls you have in your fridge or place raw rolls (the kind that come in those awesome cardboard rolls) in each quadrant of the iron. Close the iron, then wait a few minutes – the results are delicious. But don’t add the icing until completely done and out of the iron, otherwise it gets messy.
Kitchen Hack – Pancake Dispenser
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Moving on from waffles… to pancakes. A great way to both store and dispense pancake mix? A large, plastic ketchup bottle. Yep – and we are pretty sure you have one of those floating around. We found that this simple bottle is perfect for making the perfect pancake! Now, instead of throwing out extra pancake mix, you can store it with this hack. The bottle seals and stays fresh for a few days, and dispenser makes great shaped cakes. Our favorite pancake recipe is Fabio’s roasted pumpkin pancakes.
Kitchen Tip: Freeze Your Smoothie Ingredients
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Mornings are already rushed as you get yourself ready for work, the gym or getting the kids out the door for school. Sometimes, you probably even skip breakfast. But we all know that it’s the most important meal of the day, and missing it is not there’s no good excuse for skipping out. So think and plan ahead. Ziploc your smoothie ingredients (individually) before your week starts. Then, you can simply grab the ingredients you want for your AM smoothie and plop them into the blender – simple, delicious, fast and healthy!
Kitchen Tip: “EAT ME FIRST”
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How many times do you throw your leftovers into the refrigerator only to find yourself wondering a few days later… “How old is this?” When in doubt – definitely throw out! BUT what a waste! That’s why we loved this creative idea of making an “EAT ME FIRST” box. Place any of your leftovers or soon-to-be expired ingredients in this box as a way to remind yourself to eat, use, enjoy.
And, a much more high-tech means of knowing if food is fresh or spoiled may be coming soon! Color coded smart tags for your food could be the future of your fridge according to this Bustle article.
Kitchen/Cooking Tip: DIY Conversion Sheet
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No matter how often you bake, you probably always find yourselves questioning your conversion skills (we do!). But, we came across this nifty idea of creating a simple conversion chart on the inside of a cupboard door! In the example pictured above they took it one step further –hanging the measuring items to the labeled measuring unit, too! Now, it’s a cheat sheet AND an organizer!
These are just a few of the hacks and tricks we are using over here at Smart Step Home.
What are your favorite funky tricks that you use in your kitchen? At Smart Step Home we love trying new things!