Although we love cooking, baking and spending time trying new things, we would all ideally love to spend less time in the kitchen during the week and when we have guests over.
Find out how to keep your bread fresher, how to keep dairy fresher for longer, how to stop toast going soggy and how to make your dough rise faster among our essential kitchen hacks. Get more organized with suggestions for how to arrange your kitchen cupboards in zones and how to keep your utensils handy at all times.
There are tips on how to choose the right containers, how to save space when you're entertaining (clue: it involves canny use of a cake stand) and how to remove stubborn labels from glass jars. Learn how to convert a square cake tin to a round tin and still pick the right size and see how to use a lemon to clean - it really does work wonders.
Our favourite tip? How to make berries work as ice cubes and improve your drink at the same time. This is one trick that works so well for a party and looks so much prettier than ice cubes too. Plus, we recommend some essential kitchen equipment that is worth the investment, such as our favourite grater. These are among our must-haves.
You won't know how you managed without these time-saving tricks, and you'll be sharing them with your friends - just as we were when we put them together.
So follow our tips and advice for cooking, cleaning and storage and discover how easy your life can be...
1. Peel Ginger With A Spoon
Ever wondered if there's a quicker and easier way to peel ginger? Patrick Drake, head chef at recipe box scheme HelloFresh, recommends using the edge of a spoon rather than a knife to peel the ginger as you run the risk of wasting a lot of the flesh. "This way the skin comes off easily and without any waste; simple!" he says.
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Satisfying, healthy low calorie meals - perfect for a light meal or for the 5:2 diet, including 300 calorie meals and 200 calorie meals
Christmas dessert recipes for an impressive finale, including orange and cranberry cheesecake, chocolate and Florentine torte and mulled berry tart
Christmas cheesecake recipes that will make a wonderful alternative Christmas dessert, including nougat cheesecake and a baked orange and cranberry cheesecake
Low fat dessert recipes including chocolate and coffee mousse, blackcurrant sorbet and zingy melon salad
Christmas cake recipes to make ahead of Christmas, including a simple traditional fruit cake recipe, Christmas cake recipe with a twist and ideas for how to decorate a Christmas cake