Kitchen Cheat Sheet

I love food. I love to cook. I love everything that has to do with cooking and eating. Except for the parts I hate. Good thing I have picked up some sweet tricks of the trade to make kitchen duty easier. Take a look - here are a few amazing, quick kitchen tricks that everyone should know about:

Cinnamon Rolls: Grab a can of crescent rolls and before you instead of tearing the triangles out just roll the dough into a rectangle and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Now roll it up like a jelly roll and slice into however many rolls you need!

Icing/Glaze: Don't have any canned icing? Don't have time to make icing from scratch in the mixer? All you need is water and powdered sugar. Mix 1 cup powdered sugar and 1-2 tablespoons water (depends on how thick you want it) and voila!

No more mess pancakes: I hate making pancakes because it is such a pain in the ass and makes a huge mess. {Especially when your husband makes them} Best fix ever: old ketchup bottle!

Quick Appetizer: Pour olive oil onto a plate and mix in your favorite spices. Dill, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, etc. Dip some yummy bread into it and your set.

Simple Syrup: Nothing is worse than sugar granules in your ice tea or lemonade. Mixing syrup in will get rid of that and taste just the same. Combine1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in sauce pan and heat until sugar is dissolved, mixing often. Once it's cooled mix it into anything that needs a little sweetening!

8 Minute Baked Potato: Who has time to wait for a baked potato to cook on the grill or in the oven?? Poke some holes in it and put in the microwave for 4 minutes and then turn it over and cook for another 4 minutes and it's done! (Unless it's a mutant potato, then it might have to a little longer)

Left over tomato paste: I have yet to find a recipe that calls for the whole can of tomato paste. And even though it's only like $.79, who wants to waste it? Just take tablespoon sized amounts and wrap them in cling wrap and freeze. When you some just unwrap and drop in the pan!

Photo from Barefeet in the Kitchen. She has a lot more amazing tips and YUMMY recipes you should check out!

What kitchen tips do you swear by??

- Lindsey Nicole

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