Life Changing Kitchen Tips – Volume 2

Pssst…You can see Volume 1 right here.
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With the advent of Pinterest I am surprised there are any kitchen tips left. But somehow these have showed up on my radar lately and they are new to me, so I thought I’d pass them on.

1. Spiral Cut Your Sausages


You guys you must watch this! – We grill A LOT of sausages around our house and I can’t believe I’ve NEVER even thought to do this. Life Changing!

2. Blender + Water + Cauliflower = Rice


I was skeptical when I watched this video about prepping to rice your cauliflower in a blender with water. I felt like it would be fussy and make more dishes and not really be all that helpful.

I was COMPLETELY WRONG.

It is totally convenient, no mess in comparison, and the uniform texture of the cauliflower made my final dish AWESOME!

3. 2 Minute Matchstick Zucchini

I don’t know about you but when my garden gets rolling, we can’t GIVE the zucchini away fast enough. I’m always looking for good ways to cook it and Chow’s tip to cut it into matchsticks has never even crossed my mind. I’m mostly a “slice it into rounds” kind of gal. Can’t wait to try this just to switch things up a bit.

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Any Life Changing Kitchen Tips on YOUR radar lately?

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12 comments to Life Changing Kitchen Tips – Volume 2

  • Michelle
    July 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

    We spiralized our hot dogs yesterday after seeing that video! It’s so pretty, and I love all the extra caramelized bits.

    Have you tried ricing cauliflower in a regular (non-Vitamix/Blendtec) blender? I hate cleaning my food processor with such a passion, so this could be a total life-changer for me.

    • Holly
      July 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

      I have a Ninja which is a cool blender, but also is NOT a vitamix. I am also a hater of cleaning the food processer (HATE HATE HATE)which was why I was willing to try it. When you fill the blender with water and let it rip, it works just like the food processor, but something about having the water in there (and then straining) is SO MUCH NICER than cleaning crap out of the food processor. For me at least. I hate cleaning my food processor so much that I quit using it for rice and just started chopping the cauli by hand. But this blender trick makes it a nice uniform size which I like better.

      • Michelle
        July 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

        Sweet! I’m putting cauliflower rice on the menu for next week so I can try this in my cheap-o blender. I made Mark Bittman/Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ginger fried rice with cauli rice (and coconut oil and coconut aminos) when we first went paleo, and I’m craving it again. I highly recommend it. The crispy ginger and garlic bits are amazing, and then when you put a fried egg on top, it’s to die for.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/dining/271mrex.html?_r=1

  • Amelia
    July 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I can attest that the cauliflower ricing technique works in a cheap-o blender :) I was so skeptical but since I don’t have a food processor, I had never even tried cauliflower rice even after over a year of being Paleo (I KNOW – the horror!) My very organized husband has a thing about not cluttering up the kitchen which thwarts my unbridled LOVE all kitchen appliances and doodads. I go to Williams and Sonoma and just drool… Occasionally, he acquiesces and I can get something new (if I manage to pick something to get rid of to make room). I DO like that the kitchen is organized, though, so I just wait it out and usually I get what I want eventually :) I’ve been going back and forth about the food processor – would it really be annoying to clean? I’ve made it this far with just a blender and my knife skillz so I’m not in a huge rush.

    • Holly
      July 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      YAY! glad to hear it.

      We are the same way in our kitchen, we have NO space so if something comes in, something else has got to go. I enjoy our food processor but it’s not really *necessary.* It was a hand me down from my mom (a gift at her and my dad’s wedding) so that’s why I keep it around. Sentimental really :) So I make room.

  • Lisa
    July 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Stupid me used to cut out the veins on kale leaves, then realized you can hold the stem end then strip the leaf off. Like taking rosemary off the stem.

  • Karen P
    July 7, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I love those kitchen tips. Thanks for posting.

  • Jesabes
    July 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

    The cauliflower ricing thing looks really interesting. I think we’ll have to try that this week. (It was super annoying, though, when the lady in the video kept saying cauly-flower. No! Nooooo.)

  • Theresa
    July 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Hi! Just started reading your blog and I just have to know.. is that the world’s tiniest praying mantis on your zucchini??

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