As you get more comfortable in your kitchen, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use your favorite items in a way where, eventually, the skills will become second nature. If you’re really paying attention, you will learn very quickly that many pieces of kitchenware can serve multiple purposes. Today’s stale bread can be tomorrow’s bread pudding- and sometimes a coffee maker is not just for coffee.
For example, if you have a few herbs, spices, or fruit that you’d like to keep from spoiling, a great idea is to freeze them for future use. Bananas are the worst culprit. Although they’re a great value at the grocery store, I often find myself actively going out of my way to eat them before they spoil. A great way to avoid this is to puree fruits, freeze them in an ice cube tray, and then add them to your favorite smoothies, sangrias, or lemonades. You will save money and add a special touch to your meals. No one wants to waste food, and no one wants to open a fridge to an unopened batch of blueberries that spoiled long before you had a chance to enjoy them.
If you’re a gardener, composting is your best friend. Save your coffee grinds from your favorite Capresso Cappuccino machine to add nutrients to your potting soil, and see the great benefits in no time. A great life hack is not complete without an ingenious take on something familiar. Have a great Keurig coffee maker? Use it to boil water for a quick instant oatmeal or ramen. You will save time, but what is more, you will be able to gain a level of appreciation for your coffee maker that you could have not imagined before.
So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the potential in your kitchen, and get hacking!