*Knives Sharpened for Free * Which Side of Foil is Non-Stick? * Natural Fruit Fly Trap * How to Tell a Sweet Ripe Watermelon * The Best Way to Store a Cucumber *
It’s time for another round of Healthy Kitchen Hacks! Here are the shortcuts and “ahas” that I’ve tried in my kitchen in the past few weeks that I’m totally using…now. I’d love to hear about if you plan to try these out – or maybe you already have?
1. Get Your Knives Sharpened for FREE
via @Shnucks and @MSN
If your local grocery store has a meat department, they will probably sharpen your knives for FREE. I’ve known about this service at my local Shnucks supermarkets for a while – and I thought I was just lucky to have a Shnucks nearby.
However this MSN article “13 Things Grocery Stores Can Do for You for Free” makes me think that wherever you live, you can be lucky enough to have safer knives too. Because, sharper knives are safer knives.
2. Why is One Side of Aluminum Foil Shiny?
via @Reynolds Wrap
Am I the only one who didn’t know why one side of aluminum foil is shiny and one side is not? I might be! But in case I’m not, I just learned from a Reynolds ad that you can:
- Use the non-shiny (dull) side of foil for: A better non-stick surface (some oil is still recommended.)
- Use the shiny side of aluminum foil for: A heat reflecting surface (I’ve found cookies baked on the shiny side brown more evenly and don’t burn on the bottom.)
3. The Fail-Proof Way to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally
Seasonal apple or peach picking not only yields a bounty of fruit, but we also bring home fruit flies. To catch the majority of them, I make this simple trap I learn from my friend Rebekah:
- Place a little apple cider vinegar, or a piece of ripe fruit in a clean quart Mason jar – or a pasta jar. << The fruit works best.
- Cut a sheet of paper in half and shape into a cone with a 1/4- to 1/3-inch-diameter hole in the bottom. Secure the cone with a piece of tape.
- Place cone in the top of the jar. The fruit flies will fly into the jar and be unable to fly out. Release the flies outside daily by removing the cone. (Or you can put a lid on a jar with vinegar and shake it to drown the flies.)
4. How to Choose a Sweet Ripe Watermelon
via Jen @JenHaugen RD
Do you tap? Or sniff? Jen offers great advice for picking watermelon at the market – or from your garden. When shopping at a market, you should tap (see above) and look for a creamy yellow spot on the bottom.
I’m a super novice gardener. But Jen’s excellent advice was so helpful, I ordered her book Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden. And it has many more helpful tips. Now I’ll be a bit more ready for next years garden – which I’m already planning. How to choose a ripe watermelon + 4 more #HealthyKitchenHacks via @TspCurry Click To Tweet
5. The Best Way to Store a Cucumber
via @America’s Test Kitchen
Cucumbers are my kids favorite veggie. All of them will eat cukes all year round. Maybe it’s the shape of the slices – they’re just so easy to pop into your mouth.
America’s Test Kitchen tested storing a cucumber in the crisper drawer, in plastic wrap and a few more ways. And of course my results matched with their careful testing.
In parchment paper, the results weren’t pretty after a week in the fridge. You might guess the winner from my photo, but you can get the whole scoop on their recent podcast.
Would you try any of these hacks? Do you have any healthy kitchen or healthy living shortcuts to share? Shoot us an email (or share in comments below and we’ll try them out.)