10 brilliant solutions to your everyday kitchen problems 15



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Cooking can be such a drag sometimes. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 10 simple yet brilliant solutions to your everyday kitchen problems. Hopefully they help calm your cooking nerves.


1. Make your own magnetic spice rack to save space and keep organised


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  1. Buy a stainless steel base for the wall – whatever size you like.
  2. Find a place in your kitchen and screw the base into the wall.
  3. Buy a bunch of  jars – whatever size, number, shape and material you prefer.
  4. You’ll also need magnets for each jar. Ensure the magnets are strong and fit the lid of your jar. It may take a bit of trial and error.
  5. Use a hot glue gun and apply pressure to ensure they’re stuck together. Let it dry for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Label the jars. Get creative – masking tape, sticker, drawing

2. Removed baked on grease with heat and hot water


  1. Hit up your pan over the stove. Face the baked-on grease side towards the flame/hot element.
  2. Once heated, place the pan in hot water for 10 minutes.
  3. Clean with soap and a scrubber.


3. Peel ginger with a spoon




4. Remove egg shells with the egg shell


Sometimes egg shells can escape into the bowl of shelled eggs. Ever try to grab the shell but at the last minute it slips through your fingers? Next time, simply use a large piece of the broken egg shell to scoop it out.


5. Another egg trick! Use a water bottle to separate egg yolks from the whites

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  1. Crack egg into a bowl
  2. Squeeze an empty plastic water bottle slightly
  3. Place the bottle opening over the yolk
  4. Release your grip – the yolk is sucked inside separating it from the egg white
  5. Squeeze the yolk into another bowl


6. Peel garlic by shaking it


  1. Put the garlic cloves in a container.
  2. Place the lid on and shake vigorously for just 20 seconds
  3. The garlic will be peeled!


7. Get rid of fruit flies with apple cider vinegar 

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  1. Pour apple cider vinegar in a small glass
  2. Roll up paper into funnel shape and place in glass
  3. They’ll fly in and won’t come in – RIP fruit flies


8. Create storage containers in the freezer 

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Do you have a freezer avalanche forming? Use containers of varying sizes to sort your goods in the freezer – potatoes, veggies and so on. Then label the containers to help keep you organised.


9. Stale bread? Coat it in water and bake it again!


  1. Coat your baguette in fresh clean water
  2. Pop it in the oven at 230C for about 5 to 7 minutes
  3. Crispy, crunchy bread!


10. Wash your hands with stainless steel to remove onion smell

Old Spoon on Black Slate Background

  1. Get a stainless steel utensil
  2. Pretend this utensil is a bar of soap and wash your hands
  3. The stainless steel will remove the onion from you skin


Have you tried any of these kitchen solutions before? Tell us, do you have any other brilliant solutions? 

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  2. If you scrubbed that frypan you would have to bin it. Unsafe to use non stick once some of the lining is scratched off.

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  3. If I burn a saucepan I throw it out in the garden in the sun for a few days then the burnt bit just flakes off. I discovered this in frustration when I threw the saucepan outside to bin it. Not a very good cook ha ha!!!

  4. Of course , should you believe the ” Finish” dishwashing adverts – you’d just put the whole burnt & stuck mess of a pan into your dishwasher with their ” wonderful , expensive tablets ” & it will come out as new by the end of the cycle. Ha Ha – & pigs might fly !!
    Personally I have always used most of the methods suggested here. A good long soak in hot water with detergent, no scrubbing, just rubbing with a soft cloth, it comes clean.
    Also, why do people buy these tablets when the generic powder brands are just as effective for a fraction of the price + for a really good rinse aid use white vinegar in your dishwashers compartment space instead of paying out for other fancy rinse aids – I’ve been doing this for years. Dishwasher powder can also be substituted with bi-carb. but haven’t tried that one yet.
    Bi-carb & a splash of bleach down the loo, with a scrub is a lot cheaper than toilet cleaners.
    Every month give your washing machine a thorough washing cleanse with Epsom salts on the hottest wash (with no clothes in !! ) – this cleans out all the pipes & hoses gives years more life to the machine – proven fact & told to me over 20 years ago by a washing machine engineer.

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