Tips and Tricks

The Top 5 Kitchen Tools & Gadgets to Help with Weight Loss

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While we love dessert, we like to balance our sugar rushes with healthy habits. Thanks to these kitchen tools and gadgets, we’re able to have our cake(s) and eat it too!

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BLENDER

The blender (both countertop and immersion type) is essential in every kitchen, especially when it comes to blending smoothies and pureeing soups to give them a creamy texture (without the cream).

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FRESH HERB SAVER

Not only are fresh herbs a much healthier option than dried, but they also pack a flavor punch and help in cutting down on salt consumption. Worried you won’t use them up before they wilt? Grab this fresh herb saver, a gadget that, unlike the grocery store plastic bags, will keep herbs fresh for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

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OIL MISTER

While olive oil is an essential ingredient in every kitchen, an accidental slip of the wrist (pour versus spray) can wreak havoc on your diet – fill this oil mister with olive oil (plus herbs for extra flavor, if desired) and spritz away on salads and in cooking pans.

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STEAMER BASKET

The old school steamer basket is a life (and waist) saver. Steaming couldn’t be easier than with this steamer basket (the pop-up handle helps you remove it easily), a surefire way to serve up healthy vegetables and fish.

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MEASURING CUPS & SPOONS

Obvious, right? We know, but don’t dismiss how essential these tools are for staying trim. Measuring cups and spoons will take the guesswork out of determining what a true serving size (“What do you mean that’s all the cereal I get?”) is and keep your portions down to a science.

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Top 10 Timesaving Tips in the Kitchen

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We’re armed with shortcuts that’ll help you go Mach 5 (that’s Hypersonic fast) in the kitchen.

Here are our top 10 cooking tips for those with the need for speed:

1. Use your CITRUS GRATER to mince garlic.

2. Quickly bring EGGS to room temperature by placing them in a bowl of very warm water.

3. Slice OLIVES, MOZZARELLA & MUSHROOMS in an egg slicer.

4. Use a POTATO RICER to squeeze water out of cooked spinach.

5. Using NON-STICK COOKING SPRAY, lightly coat the feed tube, shredding disk and work bowl of your food processor before shredding cheese.

6. To remove fat from a soup or stew (when you can’t wait for it to chill and congeal), drag a slice of BREAD across the surface of the liquid to soak up as much of the grease as possible.

7. Cut up CANNED TOMATOES quickly by snipping them right in the can with kitchen shears.

8. When a recipe calls for SIFTING, it also works to put all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir with a WHISK.

9. To CRUSH NUTS quickly, easily and tidily, place nuts in a resealable plastic bag and squash with a rolling pin.

10. A speedy and flawless way to SEPARATE EGGS whites and yolks is to crack them into a slotted spoon placed over a bowl.

There you have it, Ace. Fast and easy as Alpha, Bravo, Charlie.

Baking Tips and Tricks

20_1929779273_lWhen it comes to baking tips and tricks, Lisa is our go-to gal! Adding chocolate chips, blueberries and raisins always makes for a more exciting cake, so this tip will be sure to help us out when our little friends are sinking to the bottom of the batter.

Here are 3 of our fave recipes to let you test this trick out:

Chocolate Chip Scone

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Moist Blueberry Muffin