Prep Like a Pro – Get creative with kitchen tools
The holiday season is a time for wonders, and will they never cease! Create a sense of wonder for your guests by using kitchen tools and utensils in a new, unique way. Here are five great ways to reduce the number of items required in your kitchen drawers. Share the ideas with younger generations. Make mealtime look easy just like the pros! Just be prepared to get some raised eyebrows and hopefully some extra helping hands.
Pizza Cutters are essential for creating the perfect size slice fresh out of the oven. But they can do so much more! Give the knives a rest and let the pizza cutter pull double duty. Quickly slice through fresh herbs for the perfect finishing touch or easily shred a handful of lettuce for tacos. Keep kids happy by slicing off crusts, halving the last big marshmallow or creating pita dipping sticks for that tasty tzatziki or hummus.
Mason jars are a staple for storage. Add a strand of battery-powered lights inside for a beautiful flame-free alternative to candles for centrepieces and mantles. Missing the lid? Grab a cupcake liner. Cover the mouth of the jar with the liner and secure with an elastic band. Poke a few holes in the top and you have the perfect shaker for cinnamon, icing sugar even parmesan cheese.
Empty condiment bottles are practical for many reasons. After the ketchup or mustard has run out, give them a thorough wash. Fill them with canola or olive oil to eliminate the risk of big oil spills. Keep it close at hand to quickly add a squirt to the pan. Make the perfect pancake with a simple squeeze of batter onto a hot griddle. Or make your own homemade salad dressings. Add all the ingredients to the bottle and give it a shake. Your dressing is ready to save or serve.
Expecting a lot of friends and family? Grab the muffin tins. Keep unwanted traffic out of the kitchen and the freezer door from constantly opening by making large ice cubes in a muffin tin. Use in the punch bowl, crush and throw in a scoop for drinks or add to the bottom of serving platters to keep appetizers chilled. You can also pre-scoop ice cream into the tins and keep in the freezer. When it is time for dessert, no more sweating over the perfect scoop of ice cream.
A cocktail shaker is a site for holiday eyes! Pour eggs, milk, spices, cheese and veggies into the shaker and scramble up for easy-mix omelettes. Shake-up homemade dressings and marinades infused with lemon, lime or garlic and let the strainer hold back larger pieces as you pour. Just make sure to give it a good clean before the next round of martinis.