Six life hacks for a happy kitchen

Try out these easy life hacks for a clean and organised kitchen with minimal food waste.


Fresh herbs can give a dish the extra kick of flavour it needs, but using these before they start to wilt can be a challenge. Chop up the leftover herbs and freeze them in ice cube trays covered in olive oil. Next time you cook put the whole cube in a pan and you’re ready to go. Mix herbs before freezing for the best flavour combinations.


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Sunday morning fry-ups are a must, but dirtying multiple pans can be off-putting. In 2016 Tom Daley changed our lives by introducing the multi-pan via his Instagram account. Multi-section pans allow you to cook all of your breakfast food at once, using one pan.

Try the Reelva Multi-Section Frying Pan from Amazon.


The last thing you want to do at the end of the day is clean the microwave. Grab a microwave safe bowl and quarter-fill it with water. Cut a whole lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water then add the rinds. Microwave on full power for three minutes, let it sit for another five and
then simply wipe the mess away. Use a washable cloth instead of kitchen roll to reduce waste.


No matter how big or small your kitchen is there’s always something that won’t quite fit. Putting free-standing shelves in your cupboards can double your storage space for things like mugs and plates.


What’s for dinner, appointments and who’s turn it is to take the bin out can be a lot to remember for the week. Use a sectioned memo board to plan your meals for the week, write up your schedule and leave a reminder for that unlucky person.

Memo boards are fairly cheap on sites like Amazon, or DIY with a plastic frame, a memo board print out and some dry wipe markers. Why not try a magnetic board that can go on the fridge if you’re short on space? You’ll never have to worry about dinner dates again.


It’s easy to get confused between use-by, sell-by and best before dates, but knowing what they mean can avoid food waste and save money. The sell-by date tells supermarkets when food should be removed from the shelves. The best before date is when the product should be used by to assure the ideal quality of food − food past this date is still safe to eat.

The final date, and the one you should be aware of, is the use-by date. Food might not be safe to eat once this date has past. Organise your food cupboards by date so you know what to use up first.

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