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9 Surprising Kitchen Hacks You’ll Love

I swear by these 9 Surprising Kitchen Hacks that will save you effort, extra washing up and money. When I’ve shared these with fellow cooks, they thought they were a brilliant no-brainer. What other hacks do you live by – comment below.

9 Surprising Kitchen Hacks You'll Love

1-2. Kitchen scissors

A pair of kitchen scissors is an essential part of my kitchen. They are useful in so many ways and the hacks below prove the point.

No pizza cutter?

No problem, simply cut your pizza into slices using a pair of kitchen scissors! It couldn’t be easier.

Chop chop

Chop chives, spring onions and herbs using a pair of kitchen scissors straight onto the dish or onto your serving plate. It’s a little trick I’ve learnt from Nigella.

Kitchen scissors also come in handy for cutting up sausages or pasta straight in the pan!

9 Surprising Kitchen Hacks You'll Love

3. DIY steamer basket liner

Use a sheet of baking paper to make steam basket liners for dumplings and other foods.

Simply fold the baking paper square into four, then in half again twice. Use kitchen scissors to cut small triangles out of each edge and unfold.

9 Surprising Kitchen Hacks You'll Love

4. Ice cream scoop

Use a spring-loaded ice cream scoop to measure out and dollop in batter for muffins, cupcakes and pancakes.

It’s one of my favourite kitchen hacks! It saves messing about with pouring and dividing the batter evenly, you always get the same amount in.

5-6. Freeze your herbs

Stop herbs from going to waste by freezing unused portions while still fresh. Additionally, keep herbs like coriander, parsley and dill wrapped in a damp piece of paper towel while storing in the fridge. This way, they will last longer.

9 Surprising Kitchen Hacks You'll Love

In oil

For basil mix with extra virgin olive oil and use an ice cube tray to freeze it.

In zip locks

Chop up dill, parsley and coriander and store them in zip lock bags in the freezer.

7. Soften butter

Place required amount of butter on a plate. Fill a glass or bowl with boiling hot water, leave for a minute then pour the water out. Place the hot glass or bowl over the butter and leave for 5 minutes to soften it.

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8. Keep fruit and veg fresher for longer

Place a sheet of baking paper in your fruit and veg bins in the fridge to keep your produce fresher for longer.

Additionally, this hack helps with clean up if you accidentally forget something at the bottom and it goes bad, simply remove the paper and wipe down with a hot water cloth, or replace the paper.

You can also get this special fresh paper which helps keep your produce fresher for longer.

9 Surprising Kitchen Hacks You'll Love

9. Stick blender mayo

Forget all the recipes that call for drizzling oil slowly into the food processor to make mayo.

Simply add 1 egg, 1/2-1 cup extra virgin olive oil (the more oil you add the thicker the mayo), 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, a pinch each of salt and pepper into a jug and use a stick blender in an up and down motion to make mayo instantly.

Add some garlic to the mix before blending for a delicious aioli.

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