People are all about hacking these days: life hacking, fitness hacking, work hacking and more – all in an attempt to make things more convenient, quick, easy and efficient.
That’s why we’ve decided to share some of our favourite kitchen hacks that will help you maximize the ingredients you have on hand. There are a ton of ingredients loitering in your kitchen right now that you can re-purpose for things other than cooking. Here are a few of our favourites that we McGuyver for other uses regularly.
Culinary Use: Cooking, baking, smoothies and elixirs, desserts, as a spread for toast.
Kitchen Hack: Coconut oil makes a fantastic moisturizer – its saturated fats keep our skin moisturized, healthy smooth and supple, plus its anti-microbial properties help protect our skin from infections. And if you’re getting frisky in the bedroom, coconut oil is an ideal lubricant, so you can skip the ones with toxic chemicals (though it’s not latex safe!).
Culinary Use: Digestive tinctures, flavouring water, teas and sweet treats (especially chocolate!).
Kitchen Hack: If you have a headache, mix a few drops of peppermint oil with olive oil, coconut oil, or any other oil you have on hand. Then rub the mixture into your temples for headache relief. Also, you can mix a few drops of peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle and use it as an anti-bacterial all-purpose cleaner.
Culinary Use: A natural sweetener for a wide range of sweet and savory dishes, beverages and desserts.
Kitchen Hack: Burned yourself while taking that tray of roasted veggies out of the oven? Try applying raw honey to the burn as it helps to soothe the injury, plus it prevents infection, reduces inflammation and speeds up the healing process.
Culinary Use: Teas, infused sugars, salads, as a substitute for rosemary.
Kitchen Hack: If you’re having trouble sleeping, lavender can help you relax and send you off to dreamland. Place a small pouch of dried leaves on your pillow so you can inhale it easily, or if you have lavender oil, add a few drops directly onto your pillowcase. You’ll be snoozing in no time!
Culinary Use: As a leavening agent in baked goodies.
Kitchen Hack: Baking soda can be used in homemade toothpaste, deodorant, and cleaning products, plus it can be mixed with water and used as shampoo.
Culinary Use: To add flavour and acidity to basically any meal.
Kitchen Hack: Can’t get rid of that garlic smell after chopping up a few cloves? Rub the inside of half a lemon on your hands and you’ll be lemon-y fresh. Lemon can also be used in homemade cleaning products, as an exfoliant, to vanquish dark under eye circles, and more.
Culinary Use: Breakfast porridge, baking, binding agent in savory dishes like burgers and veggie loaves, flour.
Kitchen Hack: Grind up your oats, mix them with coconut sugar and a bit of water and use the mixture as a face and body scrub.
Culinary Use: Guacamole, mashed on toast, as a topping on salads, scrambles, burgers and tacos, chocolate mousse and icing, baked goods.
Kitchen Hack: Blend your avocado with raw cacao powder for an ultra-moisturizing, antioxidant-rich face mask. Check out this recipe for inspiration.
What are your favourite kitchen hacks? Please share in the comments!