It’s a New Year and you know what that means: time to up your kitchen game with a few handy hacks. 2016 is the year of practical thinking, so start by making your kitchen an easy and fun place to be. Check out this list of tips and tricks to save yourself some time and some sanity.
Use a cookie cutter to get the perfect cake decorations without the stress of renegade sprinkles.
Bring your eggs to room temperature by soaking them in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes.
Via Eat the Love
Make gluten-free oat flour at-home to save a couple bucks with oats and a blender.
Via Beard & Bonnet
Sift your own cake flour into existence with about 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
Via Cake Whiz
Toss bananas in the oven to ripen them up in just 40 minutes, they’ll be ready for banana bread or whatever’s up next in your baking rotation.
Via One Good Thing
Save your burnt cookies by breaking out a microplane and shaving off the bad stuff, leaving only the cookie goodness behind.
Via Downtown Dish
Know your substitutions! If you’re out of a key ingredient you’ll be able to swap it out in the blink of an eye.
Via Huffington Post
Get rid of air pockets in your cakes and bakes by dropping your full cake pan onto the countertop from a couple inches up—not too high—enough to knock those bubbles out.
Use fruit purees, like strawberries, to give your cake batters a natural and healthy dye job.
Via Smitten Kitchen
Don’t have the correct sized rimmed baking sheet? Personalize your own version with a little tin foil.
Via Food 52
Help your cakes out of the pan with a homemade, vegetarian cake release spread made of vegetable shortening, vegetable oil and flour.
Create your own homemade sprinkles with sugar, egg whites, water, flavoring, salt and food coloring.
Temper chocolate without a thermometer by using a spatula to get bring a tiny amount of the chocolate near your wrist. The heat sensitive area will let you know if it’s ready for dipping or dripping.
Via The Kitchn
Frost like a boss by mastering the petal technique for frosting cakes, it’s pretty and simple.
Via My Cake School
Finally, grab a cheat sheet. Nothing wrong with a little extra help in the kitchen, print out a list of your favorite how-to’s and keep them close at hand.
Image via One Good Thing
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