7 Things You Should Be Doing While Cooking

Do you find the cooking process stressful and time-consuming even though the food you make turns out delicious? Have no fear—these 7 cooking hacks will cut down your cooking time and make it all run more smoothly, from measuring ingredients to keeping your kitchen clean.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
2-minute read


Conserve Cooking Utensils by Planning Ahead

To use the fewest cooking utensils possible, first measure out all the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients. This way, you can reuse the measuring spoons or cups, and only have to wash them once.

Keep Your Remote Clean While Cooking

If you like to channel surf while cooking, place your remote control in a resealable plastic bag or plastic wrap. The buttons will still be visible, and the control will stay clean.

Prepare for the Unexpected While Cooking

Professional cooks keep small plastic bags nearby in case both hands are covered with dough or food and they need to answer the telephone. Or, you could put your hands in plastic bags before mixing meatloaf or kneading dough.

Get Gloves on More Easily

Sprinkle a little baking soda into each of your latex kitchen gloves and they’ll stick less when you’re putting them on and taking them off.

Using Plastic Wrap

Keep plastic wrap from clinging to itself when you’re trying to dispense it by storing it in the refrigerator. The colder temperature will keep it from sticking.

For the Best Potholders

Your potholders don’t have to look stained and dirty. Wash them frequently, and after each wash, spray them with starch. Spray starch repels grease, so your potholders will stay unblemished.

Measuring Sticky Liquids

Before measuring a sticky liquid like honey, coat the inside of the measuring cup with vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray. The liquid will pour out easily. You can also run the measuring cup under hot water.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.