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We Asked Some Expert Aussie Organisers For Their Best Timesaving Kitchen Hacks
By Nikolina Ilic | Nov 15, 2021
With many of us back working in the office and spending more time out and about with friends, we have much less time to spend around the house chipping away at daily chores.
We’ve asked the top Aussie organising influencers what their fave hacks are for getting the chores done and pulled them together in one place.
These helpful tips and tricks ensure maximum cleaning and cooking efficiency so you can still enjoy a sparkly clean house while embracing the freedoms of a fabulous social life. You’re welcome!
1. Stripping herbs with a grater
If you’re having people over for a nice meal, it’s likely you’ll be using herbs within the dish or as a pretty garnish. Either way, stripping herbs from their stalky stem takes time that everyone would like to have back. To speed up the process, follow From Great Beginning’s wonderful trick using a grater. Take a few pieces of your chosen herb, putting the stems directly into the hole of a box grater, then forcefully pull the stems through the inside. As if by magic, the leaves are quickly separated from the stems, remaining on the outside of the grater.
2. Peeling garlic hack
Garlic is the key to flavour and deliciousness in most instances, but a nightmare to peel (especially when it gets under your nails and leaves you smelling like garlic for days). This other cooking hack also from From Great Beginnings is genius for speed and cleanliness. Grab your cloves, squash them a bit with a small Tupperware container then pop them inside and shake around. The garlic skins come off straight away! A perfect, no mess cooking prep hack that will help most hosts cooking up a tasty storm.
3. Baking soda for crunchy potatoes
There’s a variety of ways to make delicious crunchy and fluffy roasted potatoes, but this way is by far the fasted and easiest! Chop and boil potatoes as normal but add a teaspoon of baking soda while they’re boiling. When you chuck them into the oven to roast up, this small extra step will ensure they will turn out toasty and fluffy every single time.
4. Placing coffee grounds in fridge to repel odours
Mama Mila has the top trick for keeping the fridge smelling fresh. Simply pop some leftover coffee grounds into a small bowl and place in back of the fridge. The coffee will repel any unwanted odours in between cleans to ensure everything is smelling tip top!
5. Vases in the dishwater
Everyone’s vases get grubby as much as you try and hand wash them, and if you’re hosting people it’s nice to have a sparkly vase to best showcase any kind of floral arrangement. Real Dad’s of Melbourne have brought to light a genius time saver for cleaning all vases at once, simply chuck them into the dishwasher and they’ll come out crystal clear!
6. Laundry bag for small items in the dishwasher
Ever wasted time cleaning small fiddley items that are too little to put in the dishwasher? Another crazy clever dishwasher hack from Real Dads of Melbourne is to pop all these items into a laundry bad and then pop them in all at once. This will wash everything (jar lids and all) without having things slide around/ getting lost. Perfect!
Nikolina is the web-obsessed Digital Editor at Men's and Women's Health, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she spends most of the time in the gym or with her husband and daughter. She was previously a Digital Editor at GQ and Vogue magazine.
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