Kitchen hacks, lifehacks, we all have them. You know our skillful ways to manipulate the system to do less work and improve the outcome of your project. I read every article I can find on this stuff. The world moves so fast, it is always good to work smarter not harder, right. However, I was always after the hacks that worked on the mammoth tasks, and that was so stupid. It is great to save time on the big projects, but we have small things we do everyday that we can save time and energy on.
BREAKFAST ROUTINE OF HACKS
This morning when I started making my daughter’s breakfast of yogurt and fruit, I noticed I used quite a few kitchen hacks that I have learned from many people over the years. I started counting and realized in this simple task I used four hacks. The cool part about it was I did not even think twice when doing them. I have done them so long, they were just a part of my routine. So, check out these easy short cuts to the best PINEAPPLE & STRAWBERRY YOGURT PARFAIT you have ever tasted.
HACK #1 VINEGAR BATH
I am a clean freak, germaphobic, and I just plain hate dirtiness. My microbiology professor in college doomed me to be a chronic handwasher and a questioner of every items sanitation. When I first got married my husband would have a fit when he saw me washing our produce with soap and water, There had to be a better way, and there is a much better solution to cleaning your fruits and veggies.
I was watching the food network one day and saw a very neat trick. They were making a dish with leaks, which are very hard to clean. The host soaked them in a bath of vinegar water. This is a less abrasive cleanser than soap and is has a second benefit. It preserves the produce. A vinegar soaked item will have a slightly longer shelf life, than anything just rinsed with water.
HACK#2 ADD BALSAMIC VINEGAR TO FRESH FRUITS
This is another tip I stole from a chef. My husband and I were at the Strawberry Festival in Lakeland, Florida one year and stumbled across a cooking demo. The demonstrator was making her fruit component of her strawberry shortcake and she said to add a little balsamic vinegar to the mixture in order to bring out the sweetness of your fruit. I was interested, but my husband turned up his nose.
So, I decided to give this a try. The next time I made a strawberry topping for his pancakes, I was sure to add a little bit of balsamic vinegar. He went on and on about how sweet the berries tasted. It was years before I told him my secret to amping up the sweetness.
HAACK #3 TOAST YOUR GRANOLA
I love fresh granola, but I do not always have time to make it. And even if I do make it fresh sometimes the left overs just seem to fall a little flat on the subsequent uses. This hack I came up with all on my own. There has to be a way to get the crisp crunch that the right out of the oven stuff has on even store bought granola.
There is most definitely a way to regain that crunch. I heated up a small frying pan, added a touch of olive oil, and then my granola. By toasting the granola you get that fresh crunch and it allows any nuts that may be in the mix to release a little oil and so you get the benefit of added flavor.
KITCHEN HACK #4 STRAIN YOUR YOGURT
I am a texture person. I cannot stand mushy or runny textured food. It always seemed that my granola in my yogurt parfait was mushy before I could take my first bite. Then I remembered watching a demo in younger years at a 4H camp. They needed some mixture they were making to thicken so it was strained through cheese cloth.
Now I did not have any cheese cloth available, but I did have a tightly woven colander. I strained the yogurt saving the more runny portion for my daughter’s smoothies and like magic a more thick less runny yogurt for my breakfast.
Well there you have it my kitchen hacks to an easy, beautiful, and tasty PINEAPPLE & STRAWBERRY YOGURT PARFAIT. I pair mine with some wheat toast and chicken sausage for a delicious and healthy way to start my day.