11 Reddit Reader Kitchen Hacks Readers Can’t Live Without

Some kitchen hacks are musts. Things that make life so much easier in the kitchen. Things that help you get dinner on the table with less stress, fuss, or muss. Things you want to be sure you’re never without, even if you don’t cook all that much. These Reddit reader hacks will help you transform your time in your kitchen.

1. Get A Great Pair Of Kitchen Shears

A pair of kitchen shears cutting the tips off an artichoke.
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A great pair of kitchen shears will save you a ton of work in the kitchen. Shears will trip vegetables, cut meat into chunks, or simply trim fat with little to no effort.

2. Revive Wilted Veggies

A celery stalk base in a jar of water.
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Revive wilted lettuce, carrots, and celery by cutting their edges and soaking them in warm (not hot) water until they are crisp again, then refrigerate.

3. Let Cookie Dough Sit

Pfeffernusse Cookies lined up on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
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Once your cookie dough is made, cover it and set it in the fridge for three days. Yes, this takes a lot of self-control. But it gives the flavors a chance to meld, which will make your cookies taste even better.

4. Scooping Seeds

An ice cream scoop on a white background.
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Scooping seeds out of squash is a messy business, with seeds flying everywhere. So put down the spoon, and use an ice cream scoop instead. Works like a charm.

5. Destemming Herbs

A fork destemming a sprig of parsley.
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We’ve all seen those tools for sale that will destem your herbs and even some larger greens like kale. But you don’t need that when it comes to herbs. Just use your fork!

6. Caramelize Onions In A Slow Cooker

Caramelized onions garnishing a slice of bread with meat and cheese.
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Most folks don’t have time to babysit a pot of onions for hours to get them perfectly caramelized. So instead, add the onions and some butter to your slow cooker and let them cook on low for 12 hours or until they reach the doneness you like best.

7. Never Sauté Garlic And Onions Together

Onions and garlic cloves gathered on a wood table.
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At the same time, that is. Always sauté the onions first. Add the garlic to the onions in the last minute of cooking. Garlic only takes about 1 minute to cook properly. After that, it imparts a bitter flavor.

8. Pre-Roast Your Spices

Dry spice roasting in a black skillet.
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If you are cooking with dried spices, dry roast them in a hot skillet until you can smell them. This brings out their flavors in ways that simply adding them to cooking food can’t. this is particularly wonderful with Indian spices and Mexican spices.

9. Brown Butter For Cookies

A skillet with browned butter in it. A wood spoon rests on the edge of the skillet.
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Are you making chocolate chip cookies? Don’t add the butter until you’ve browned it. It takes your cookies to a whole new level of flavor.

10. Add Cocoa Powder To Chili

A bowl of cocoa powder with a wooden scoop in it.
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Even some soups will benefit from the addition of a tablespoon or so of unsweetened cocoa powder. It deepens the flavor without making it taste like chocolate.

11. Revive Dried Out Veggies

Plants in glasses on a sunny windowsill.
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You know that celery at the back of your fridge that looks dried out? You can still salvage it. Clip the ends and place them into a jar of lukewarm water. This will rehydrate many different veggies, such as greens, carrots, and more.

12. Add Soy Sauce To Soups

Soy sauce being poured into a pot.
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If you are missing that really good umami flavor in your soup, try adding a splash of soy sauce. It deepens the flavor and adds umami.

These hacks were shared from this thread on Reddit.

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How To Scramble Eggs
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If your scrambled eggs always turn out less than stellar, there’s How To Scramble Eggs Like A Pro instead.

How To Freeze Avocados

Option three for freezing avocados is to remove the seed, put the halves back together, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer.
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If you have a lot of avocados and no way to use them before they go bad, try freezing them! This guide shows you exactly How To Freeze Avocados.

How To Make Almond Milk

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Interested in making almond milk at home? This guide will walk you through the steps on How To Make Almond Milk.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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