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{30} Smart Tips for Your Kitchen

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I am counting down the days to my 30th birthday, and I couldn’t be more excited! Truly! As I was brainstorming ways to celebrate here on the blog, I couldn’t help but think that 30 lists of {30} items would be just about perfect for my type-A, list-making self. Join me for the next month as I share the things I’ve learned in the past 30 years and my hopes for the future! See all 30 Days of {30} posts here.

Earlier this week I shared 30 smart ideas to make life easier, and you may have noticed there were no kitchen tips in that post. That’s because I figured the kitchen deserved a dedicated post of its own, and there is no shortage of cool tips to use to save time and frustration in the kitchen.

Be sure to share your best tips in the comments!


From keeping a pot from boiling over to easily peeling hard-boiled eggs, find a variety of tips for your kitchen below:


1. Make easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs.

2. Test your oven for hot spots.

3. Make a perfect crumb crust.

4. Turn your toaster sideways to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

5. Use a drink bottle as a pancake dispenser.

6. Soften butter quickly with a rolling pin.

7. Substitute applesauce for oil.

8. Bake bacon in the oven.

9. Easily fill stuffed shells with a pastry or ziploc bag.

10. Use a wooden spoon to keep a pot from boiling over.

11. Use a shower cap to temporarily disable a smoke detector.

Kitchen organizing:

12. Store cookie cutters on a paper towel holder.

13. Use the spout of a plastic bottle to seal bags.

14. Create a snack basket for your pantry.

Frozen treats:

15. Use wooden spoons to make ice cream scoops on a stick.

16. Use overripe fruit to make smoothie popsicles.

17. Use a cupcake liner to catch popsicle drips.


18. Make produce baskets from a paper plate.

19. How to cut stone fruit.

20. How to cut a pineapple.

21. Use a vinegar wash to prevent moldy berries.

22. Quickly peel an entire head of garlic.

23. Hull strawberries with a straw.

24. Freeze overripe avocados. And bananas.


25. Use baby oil to clean stainless steel appliances.

26. Use a lemon to clean your cutting boards.

27. Make sippy cups from mason jars.

28. Add a pour spot to mason jars.

29. Make a DIY fruit fly trap.

30. Use a gift box as a cupcake holder.

What’s your favorite kitchen tip?