November 20, 2017

Jen’s Top Kitchen Tips (What Are Yours?)


How to Shred Chicken in Seconds How to Shred Chicken in Seconds (Jens Best Kitchen Tips)

Last night on the blog, I shared one of those simple little kitchen tips that revolutionized my meal making. I realized that with all my years of cooking, there are certain things that I do instinctively, and I just forget to share them here. Sometimes I think, “Well, this is so silly. I am sure they all do it,” and then from the comments, I find out that you don’t, and I get all excited because it’s truly those little things that are the big things. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, today I am sharing just a few of my favorites because the post was getting too long, and I now have a running list of many more to share.

I’d love to hear yours in the comments because helping each other in the meal making dilemma is such an encouragement to many.

First, you must head over to my How to shred chicken the easy way post. Literally, shred pounds of chicken in seconds. It’s so much more than just learning how to shred chicken in seconds, it works for chicken, turkey, and even pork. You will wonder how you have spent hours shredding when it could be done in seconds.

DIY Magic Bullet with Mason Jars DIY Party Bar (Make Your Own Magic Bullet)

DIY Magic Bullet: Mason Jar Blender

The beauty of the Magic Bullet is its ease. Well, now you have that ease with your blender and mason jars.

Create your own personal Party Bar by giving everyone their own mason jar

how to stock your freezer Power Cooking: Ten Minute Meals (video demo)Power Cooking: 4 Meals in 4 Minutes

Get our Dinners Planned and Executed with these simple ideas.

homemade popcorn DIY Homemade Microwave Popcorn (Why Did We Wait?)DIY Homemade Microwave Popcorn: You will ask yourself, “How have I not been doing this my whole life?”

chili in tortilla bowl Kitchen Tip: How to Make a Tortilla Bowl

How to make your own tortilla bowl

Bring the touch of a Mexican restaurant right to your own home in minutes.

cooking ground beef in bulk Kitchen Tip: Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot Always have meals in minutes by Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot and having it ready to go.

Then make sure you use the next tip for draining it.

hamburger meat Kitchen Tip: Draining Ground Beef (Power Cooking)

Draining Ground Beef (Power Cooking Tip)

During my Power Cooking sessions, I always have pounds of ground beef cooking, but draining it becomes a huge pain. Not only does this tip take that issue and makes it easy, but it helps eliminates the unnecessary grease with great health benefits.

 How Do I Keep Brown Sugar Soft?Keep your brown sugar soft at all times with this simple tip.

Those are just a few tips that have revolutionized my time in the kitchen.

What are some of your favorite, yet simple, kitchen tips? Please share with my Tasty Tuesday readers!

I can’t wait to see what everyone is cooking up for this Tasty Tuesday.
(Please remember to link up to your direct recipe post, link back here in the post, limit it to two and avoid linking up to your own recipe carnival.)


  1. Thank you for hosting, Jen!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks for all the awesome tips!


  2. Thanks for hosting! I know what you mean about doing stuff for years and not realizing that others might not know about our shortcuts. I had that revelation about motherhood recently. I’ve moved out of the baby stage, and yet I never wrote about it on my blog. Time to be the mom who shares her successes and failures with the baby stage. We never know who we may help.


  3. I love your Blender Bullet tip–use it all the time ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my tips is that if you’re going to make biscuits with your stand mixer, freeze the butter for 15-30 minutes. Grate it on the large holes of the cheese grater, and then let the mixer mix it in for a few seconds. Add the liquid and mix until the dough just comes together. Knead the dough a few times, spread into a rectangle on your cookie sheet, and use a pizza cutter to cut squares. Bake, and you’re done!


    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen Reply:


    We love grating frozen butter with the cheese grater! It works for soft cheese, like mozzarella too! Just either freeze the cheese for a few minutes before grating!


  4. I love a good kitchen tip & I’ve never tried bulk cooking ground beef in the crockpot! That is genius. Thanks.

    I share a lot of kitchen tips on my blog; in fact, I shared one today:

    Some of my favorite tips include:
    1) Silk-free sweet corn:

    2) No more stinky dish-cloths:

    3) Never use tinfoil again:


    4) Labeling foods w/o masking tape:

    You might also want to check out Tammy’s Kitchen Tip Tuesday – always great ideas.

    Can’t wait to see the tips others suggest.


  5. Jodie Steele says:

    umm THANK YOU!! This changes meal time in so many ways!! LOVE this tip !!


  6. Oh Wow! This changes everything! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Thanks for the tips!!!


  8. Wonderful tips, Jen! I especially like the chicken shredding one, as well as the DIY microwave popcorn. Thank you for hosting.


  9. One of my favorites came from my Mama. During the summer when you are growing (or buying cheap) bell peppers buy soem extra for teh winter. Seed them and toss into the food processor. When they are not quite pureed pour them into quart size freezer bags. Lay flat to freeze so they take up less freezer space. During the winter when you need bell pepper for chilli or sapghetti sauce just break off what you want and toss into the pot. MUCH cheaper than mid winter peppers and tastes better too.


  10. I’m so excited… I hate shredding and chopping chicken. I cooked a bag of chicken breasts today in the crockpot. I don’t have a kithen aid mixer so I wasn’t sure if this would work but IT DID! Yahoo! After a day with cranky kids this made my day lol


    Jen Reply:

    YAY! I know. It’s it funny how these little things can make our day. I totally get that. ๐Ÿ™‚



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