Kitchen Hacks That Actually Work

These kitchen tricks are the ones I always use. They really work and are practical in real life.

There are dozens of kitchen hack posts and videos, but some are so weird that I would never use them in real life. There I’m However, there are also some great tips to save time and sanity. Today I’m sharing four of my favorite cooking tricks that actually work and that I always use. I’ve also created a video at the end that shows all four of these hacks in action so you can see for yourself how they work.

Pour into the glass jar with spout

Cut the lid off a salt container, then shrink it to fit in a glass jar. Step by step instructions can be found here or just watch the video below. I use these glass spout jars for many of my baking ingredients … yeast, cornmeal, salt, sugar, etc. They work beautifully and it is much easier to control how much comes out of the container. Plus the jars are cute so that’s always a bonus in my book.

Make your own powdered sugar

Have you ever been in the middle of making icing only to realize you’re a little short on powdered sugar? This is the worst!

Fortunately, I’ve learned the secret to making powdered sugar and it’s super easy. Pour 1/2 cup of plain granulated sugar into a blender, then whisk on high until soft and powdery.

Mind. Blown.

Does the name say it all right? Powdered sugar. But I’ve never put two and two together which is literally just plain sugar that has been pulverized. And now I’ll never finish again.

1/2 cup of granulated sugar makes about 3/4-1 cup of powdered sugar. If you need to do more, it’s best to do it in small 1/2 cup batches. Too much sugar in the blender all at once will not give you good results.

Slice the chicken the easy way

I was taught to shred cooked chicken by placing it on a cutting board and using two forks. It takes forever. FOREVER!

Now I mince all my chicken with a hand blender. If I cooked it in the crockpot, I cut it right into the crock, juice and all. It works incredibly well and is much faster than the two-fork method. I will never go back!

Fresh whipped cream in seconds

Whipping cream by hand is ridiculous. Whipping the cream in a planetary mixer or with a hand whisk is bearable. What if I told you there is a way to make fresh whipped cream in seconds? Literally … in less than 30 seconds you can turn a pint of cream into perfectly whipped cream!

The secret is to use a blender. Pour 1 pint of heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/3 cup of sugar into a blender. Make sure the lid is tight, then blend on high. You’ll know it’s done when you feel the blender slow down because the cream has thickened. It’s magic, folks. I’m telling you … Magic!

See these kitchen tricks in action in this short video:

Do you have any tips or tricks in the kitchen that make your life easier? Share them in the comments!