6 Kitchen Hacks You Can’t Live Without

Asian smiling woman looking a cookbook while standing in her kitchen
Asian smiling woman looking a cookbook while standing in her kitchen

1. Peel garlic quickly, without crushing it.

The traditional method of peeling garlic involves smashing it and then removing the skin. While this is great if you want to go Godzilla and enjoy crushing garlic, there’s a way to peel garlic pain-free without smashing it into Simply take two bowls that are relatively the same size, insert the head of garlic into one bowl and place the other bowl on top, upside-down. Shake, shake, shake until the sound changes from dull to sharp and voila, intact, peeled garlic.

2. Use empty Tic Tacs containers for spice storage.

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian like me, you’ll know that spices are your best friend. But having a million size bottles and containers is annoying, both for storage and use purposes. So I keep the big spices in a drawer while the little tic-tac boxes remain out for everyday use. They’re also great for traveling.
Bonus: label your tic-tac containers with the spice.

3. Cut cherry tomatoes the right way.

We all know cherry tomatoes, the evasive little devils of salads. They just elude your fork at every stab, rolling around in your bowl or on your plate until you get frustrated and just pick them up with your fingers. So make your life easier and cut them. Just get two plates, put the tomatoes in between them and slice away with a large knife. Here’s a tutorial video.

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4. Use a regular glass cup to peel a mango.

The first time I discovered this, it blew my mind. It was just in time for mango season in South Florida, where you hope you’re lucky enough to have your own mango tree or at least know someone that is generous enough to share their plentiful bounty. Simply cut your mango in half and scrape it against the rim of the glass to separate the skin from the Here’s a video showing you how to do it.
Bonus hack: You can also use a similar technique to
peeling a boiled egg.

5. Make your own sushi mat.

If you’ve ever wanted to make sushi at home, you’re not alone. It’s easy to get most of the ingredients at your local grocery store, but for a sushi mat, you probably have to go to a specialty store. In order to save both time and money, make your own with duct tape and wooden kabob sticks. Here’s the video. If you’re looking to try something new and fresh with your newly made sushi mat, try fruit sushi!

6. Remove the stem from a strawberry with a straw.

Now we know why they’re called strawberries! Ok that might not be true, but they sure are tasty. Fortunately, I have a puppy that for some reason loves to eat the tops off of strawberries so he usually takes cares of it for me. Unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough to have a pup that loves to eat his fruits and veggies, so check out the quick video on how to de-stem strawberries simply by inserting a straw into them.

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Laura Sanchez-Ubanell

Laura Sanchez-Ubanell is a graduate of Northeastern University with degrees in journalism, philosophy and ethics. She is a world-traveled multimedia journalist, having lived in Virginia, Boston, California, Nevada, Seville and now Miami. She has written on a variety of topics, anything from international politics to health and fitness. She is also an avid animal lover, Star Trek fan and creative guru. She plans to see as much of the world as possible.