15 Time-Saving Dinner Hacks

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
15 Time-Saving Dinner Hacks
See Gallery
15 Time-Saving Dinner Hacks

Read on for tips to save time cooking dinner.

Peel Garlic Faster

Instead of painstakingly peeling each garlic clove, quickly crush them with your hands and toss the cloves into a big bowl. Flip another bowl upside down to cover the garlic-filled bowl. Shake the two bowls together vigorously for 10 seconds. The garlic should emerge perfectly peeled.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Boil Water in an Electric Kettle

To make water boil faster, add boiled water from the electric kettle to the pot.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Use a Potato for Overly Salty Soup

If you accidentally add too much salt to a soup, add a peeled potato. The potato can absorb the extra salt.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Wear Gloves When Working With Different Meats

Wearing gloves while working with meat saves you from constantly washing and re-washing your hands.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Peel Ginger With A Spoon

When you need to peel ginger, try a spoon instead of a knife. Scraping the spoon against the skin should make it easier and won't be as wasteful.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Use Eggshells to Grab Eggshells

Don't sweat it if a cracked egg shell falls into the mix. Use the large cracked egg shell to fish it out.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Write the Salad Dressing Recipe on a Squeeze Bottle

By writing your dressing recipe directly on the bottle, you can make your vinaigrette instantly (and without dirtying extra cups and spoons). Just draw a line for each of the ingredients with a permanent marker.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Make Sure Eggs are Fresh

Place eggs in a bowl of water to check their freshness. If the egg lies on its side at the bottom of the bowl, it is at its freshest. If the egg lies upright it is okay to eat, but should be used soon or hard boiled. If the egg floats then toss it.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Defrost Meat with Aluminum Trays

Aluminum is a great conductor of heat, so placing frozen meat on an aluminum tray at room temperature will speed up the defrosting process. The aluminum draws energy from the surrounding environment and will affect frozen meat more quickly than a wooden cutting board will. This is a great method if you don't have time to run frozen meat under a cold tap.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Store Salad in a Jar

Salads stay freshest in jars. By throwing your salad into a mason jar, you can enjoy more salad tomorrow too.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Freeze Leftover Wine

If you have a teeny bit of wine left over after the guests leave, freeze it in an ice cube tray. Next time a recipe calls for a little bit of wine, drop the frozen cube into the mix!

Image Credit: Getty Images

Save Parmesan Rinds

After you finish up a block of Parmesan cheese, freeze the rind. The rind makes for a flavorful addition to soup, stew and broth. Just add it to the simmering pot for 20 to 30 minutes. This trick can be done with all hard cheese rinds, not just Parmesan!

Image Credit: Getty Images

Separate Bananas

Keep bananas separate from other fruits. Bananas release a gas that causes fruits to ripen faster — even other bananas. Make sure to keep bananas away from other produce including other bananas.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Store Spices in Tic Tac Containers

In a pinch, store your extra spices in Tic Tac containers.

Image Credit: Getty Images

Water Plants with Previously Boiled Water

Boiling potatoes or pasta in water actually leaves nutrients behind in the liquid. Once the pasta is boiled, the remaining water is great for watering plants.

Image Credit: Getty Images


Tweaking your dinner routine slightly can make the whole process go a lot faster.

By using common household items like trays and kitchen staples like potatoes, you'll be armed with the most efficient kitchen yet.

Check out the slideshow above for the best time-saving cooking hacks.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

People are Reading

Search Recipes