These Time-Saving Kitchen Hacks Will Change Your Life

E! and ASKO have rounded up some of the most popular and tested kitchen hacks to save you valuable minutes that could be better spent doing a million other things.

By Ashley Spencer Feb 27, 2019 12:04 AMTags

Cooking at home can be so rewarding, but it can also be incredibly time consuming. Luckily, we've rounded up some of the most popular and tested kitchen hacks to save you valuable minutes that could be better spent having a delightful conversation over a candlelit dinner or simply binging Netflix on the couch. Check out these 5 ingenious solutions before getting started on your next meal:

Adjust your dishwasher tray height

If you've been struggling to fit larger plates in your dishwasher, prepare to have your mind blown: Many dishwashers' top trays are actually adjustable. Yep, all you have to do is raise your top tray, as on ASKO's Instant Lift-featuring models, and your bigger dishes will fit perfectly in the bottom and save you from washing them all by hand. Voila! 

Cut a whole carton of cherry tomatoes in one go

Rather than tediously slice cherry tomatoes one by one, pour them out on a plate and then put another plate upside down on top. Apply light pressure as you slice sideways through the two with a large serrated knife. It also works for grapes! See it in action here

Enhance your grain dishes with tea

Instead of bothering with a concoction of spices, simply cooking with tea is a great way to heighten the flavour in grain and legume dishes. Kitchn suggests trying a Lapsang tea to add a smoky touch to beans or a matcha green tea to bring out earthen flavours in rice.

Peel a mango on the side of a glass

Mangoes are notoriously hard to peel due to their thick skin and large pit, but with the aid of any drinking glass they become a breeze. First, cut a mango in half, then place one half alongside a glass where the skin meets the fruit and push down the side of the glass. The skin should come off in one smooth peel. See how it works here

Cook pasta in a frying pan

Traditionally, you probably fill a big pot with water, bring it to a boil and add in your pasta. But there's a quicker way! Try putting your pasta straight into a frying pan with 5.5 cups of cold water. (Starting with cold water will prevent the pasta from sticking to the pan.) Turn up the heat and stir regularly until cooked. This should shave about 15 minutes off your pasta dish's cooking time.