Brianna’s Super Simple Kitchen Hacks
As a business owner and yoga instructor, among many other things, I like my kitchen to be simple and functional. I’m also living the condo life downtown, where there isn’t usually that much extra storage space. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am quite minimalistic, and my philosophy is to have multi-functional, good quality items that last. I also don’t like getting my hands dirty – and not in a pretentious type of way, I literally just don’t like getting dirt and food on my hands and underneath my fingernails – so most of my hacks help to avoid mess. Here are a few of my favourite kitchen hacks and gadgets that are easy, multi-functional and won’t clutter up your kitchen cupboards with utensils that collect dust.
Freeze your organic waste
I grew up in the country where we literally had a “chuck-it-bucket” that we threw all of our kitchen scraps and leftovers in. Once it was full, we walked outside and threw it into the field – composting at its finest! Living in the city, we don’t have the same luxury, but a lot more condo buildings are incorporating organic waste systems. The unappealing thing about composting is that food scraps often smell and usually end up leaking through the bag. This is where your freezer comes into play. As soon I have some food scraps, I throw them into a biodegradable bag that I keep in the freezer. No smells, no leaking, no bugs, and no trail of garbage juice dripping on the floor all the way to the garbage disposal. Once your bag is full, then simply dispose of it as usual.
Use a lemon press
After my blender and knives, my lemon press is my favourite and most used kitchen utensil that I own. I use lemons a lot – in the morning to have lemon water, in teas, and for salad dressings. The lemon press allows you to squeeze out every last drop of that citrus goodness, you don’t have to get your hands dirty, AND the best part is, you don’t have those annoying seeds falling into whatever you’re making. Don’t feel limited to just squeezing lemons by the way – it works for limes (yes perfect for making guacamole) and oranges (although I would not recommend attempting to squeeze yourself a whole glass of o.j using this method).
Blend your matcha
I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m a matcha addict. It’s one of my go-to morning drinks and it’s amazing hot, iced, with collagen, the options are endless. When I first discovered this green-goodness, I found the whisking of the matcha so daunting, and I could never quite get out all of the clumps. Then I discovered blended matcha, and everything changed. It’s so easy to just throw in your hot water and matcha (I also love adding ghee, MCT, and sometimes collagen for a bulletproof inspired beverage) and only takes about five seconds for everything to to blended perfectly.
Use a french press (for more than coffee)
Okay, it’s actually a toss up between my lemon press and french press for third most used item. A french press is by far my preferred method for making coffee (lately I have been obsessed with having a bulletproof coffee in the morning). According to Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof, by brewing coffee with a metal filter (like a french press or espresso machine) it helps to maintain precious coffee oils that are potent neurological anti-inflammatory agents that protect against oxidative stress and DNA damage. I also use my french press to make loose leaf tea, especially when it’s more than just one cup. Lastly – and probably the most clever way to use the french press is to make nut milk! Yes, you can make almond milk without a cheesecloth or nut bag (because let’s be honest, they usually end up ripping, and no one wants to squeeze it like the utter of a cow to get the milk out). Also with the french press method, you get to keep your hands clean.
Use silicone baking cups
Not only great for baking, as these bad boys can withstand heat, they are also perfect for making frozen treats. These zero-waste cups are reusable, so you don’t have to throw out the paper wrapper each time you eat a muffin, and you can also throw them in the dishwasher – which is always a win in my books. I love to make homemade almond butter cups, layered fat bombs and paleo morning glory muffins in my multi-coloured baking cups. The possibilities are really endless with what you can make in these, and they come in various sizes too because everything tastes better when it’s miniature right?