7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions

Blossom Lady
Dec 27, 2020 05:38 AM
7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions

Everyday hacks and simple solutions are amazing because they make our lives easier, save time, and minimize effort. Today I’d like to share with you some more kitchen hacks, including an easy way to fight a difficult jar lid, how to open a bottle with a small lid, how to prevent stick on the jars, how to use decorative magnet for easy can opening, how to remove stickers and how to unwrap plastic wrap in no time!

I hope, these simple ideas and tips will make your time in the kitchen a little bit more pleasant!

Beating stubborn lids.

7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions
Next time you’re fighting with a difficult jar lid, give your hands a rest and try one of these tips.
A. Invert the jar so that it rests lid-down in about ½ inch of hot tap water in a shallow bowl or pie plate. After 30 seconds or so, the heat will break the vacuum seal and the lid will unscrew easily.
B. Try a thin metal spoon. Use the spoon as a lever and slide its tip between the lid and the jar—avoiding the lid’s notches. Gently press down on the handle until the seal releases. This will also work with a church key.
C. Grab an old computer mouse pad. Its rubber bottom—engineered to anchor it to a desk—creates a good grip that helps budge stubborn lids.
D. Rubber wristbands and bracelets can do more than promote a favorite team, charity, or cause. Wrapping the wristband around the lid helps you gain traction as you twist.

Bottle opener aid

7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions
When the small lid to a bottle of syrup, ketchup, or soy sauce, vinegar, salad dressing, or the like sticks and won’t unscrew easily, try enlisting the services of a nutcracker to help the lid release.

Preventing jarring problems

7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions
The lids of jars with sticky contents such as jelly, honey, or molasses often stick as if they were cemented in place. Instead of struggling with sticky lids, try one of these two tips.
A. Cover the tops of these jars with plastic wrap before screwing on the lids. The plastic prevents any serious sticking, so the lids always unscrew easily.
B. Dip a small piece of paper towel (or your impeccably clean fingertip) into a bit of vegetable oil and wipe the threads of the jar. The bare film of oil prevents the lid from sticking to the jar the next time you open it.

Magnetism in the kitchen

7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions
When you’re using a manual can opener, the lid sometimes drops into the can. Don’t dirty a butter knife to fish it out. Instead, reach for a handy tool hanging right on the refrigerator—a decorative magnet. Place a magnet over the can and the lid will come right out, with no mess.

Ditching clingy ingredients

7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions
When a rubber spatula is too big to use to scrape clingy bits of tomato sauce or paste from emptied jars and cans, try this trick: add a tablespoon or two of liquid to the container, swirl it around to wash the bottom and sides, and then empty it into the pot. A bonus: rinsing with a splash of wine or broth adds extra flavor.

Stripping produce stickers

7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions
It’s easy to puncture thin-skinned produce like plums and tomatoes when peeling away the produce sticker. To keep them blemish-free, use one of these tricks.
A. Gently pry the sticker away with a vegetable peeler—the blade catches the paper’s edge and lifts it off without damaging the skin.
B. Dip the corner of a paper towel in vegetable oil. Rub the oiled towel over the sticker and let sit for about 5 minutes. You should now be able to peel off the offending sticker without marring the fruit’s skin.

Unwrapping plastic wrap

7 Kitchen Hacks & Packaging Solutions
Here’s a clever way to find the beginning of a roll of plastic wrap that has torn and stuck to itself: hold a clean vegetable brush or toothbrush parallel to the roll of plastic wrap, rotating the roll and rubbing the bristles along the surface of the plastic until the hidden edge loosens and the plastic can be unwrapped.
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Dec 27, 2020 11:09 AM

I never thought of using a veggie peeler on those labels, or a toothbrush on sticky plastic rolls. Thanks!