I absolutely love to cook! There is something very satisfying to me when I create a meal that is nutritious and delicious! But, not everyone is as enamored with cooking as I am and not everyone has time to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up fabulous meals. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of 10 kitchen hacks that will save you time, money and make cooking faster and more fun! Get the whole family involved and dinner will be ready in no time!

Keep water from boiling over

Place a wooden spoon across the top of your cooking pot to keep it from boiling over and making a big mess all over the stove!

Keep wine cold without watering it down

Freeze grapes to use as "ice cubes" to keep your wine nice and cold. Bonus - you get to eat the grapes when you're done with your wine!

Peel garlic super fast!

Put a clove of garlic in a plastic bowl, cover and shake! Your garlic will be peeled and ready to use in no time!

Squeeze more juice out of your lemons

Rolling a lemon back and forth across your counter top with the palm of your hand will help break the membranes inside the lemon, making it easier to squeeze more juice out.

Don't boil your eggs, bake them!

Place eggs in a pre-heated 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes. Immediately plunge the eggs into ice water to cool them off and eat! This hack also makes eggs easier to peel. Another bonus!

Peel ginger fast!

Use the edge of a spoon to peel the skin off of ginger root. The skin comes off easily without losing much ginger in the process.

Keep ice cream from freezing into a brick

Placing your tub of ice cream into a plastic freezer bag will keep it soft enough to scoop up without having to use a pickaxe

Enhance the taste of fish and prevent sticking

When grilling fish, place it on top of a bed of lemon slices to prevent burning, sticking and (bonus!) enhance the flavor!

Make ice cubes that are crystal clear

Boil water, cool and then put in your ice cube trays to make crystal clear ice. Boiling helps rid the water of minerals making it clear!

How to know if your eggs are fresh


Place your egg in a bowl of water. If it lies flat on the bottom, it's fresh. If it sinks to the bottom but one end floats up a bit, it's still edible, but should be eaten soon. If it stands on end at the bottom, you should eat it very soon. If it floats to the top, you shouldn't eat it.