Here at MGV we love a good time-saving tip for the kitchen. Getting dinner on the go in flash means you can be in and out of the kitchen, and back with the tots quicker than you can say chop chop! We’ve scoured the wonderful web and collected a whole heap of tricks that will have you cutting your fruit and veg like a pro in no time.
With these handy hacks at your fingertips you’ll be eating more fruit and veg, so it’s a win for your body too!
Make sure you get the most out of your capsicum with this little trick. Just cut off each end and then roll the knife through the middle and voila you have a strip of capsicum ready to go. (via Fine Cooking)
Peeling like a pro
Peeling apples is a slow task that is why so many are turned off making their own apple pie. Who could be bothered? Step in some power tools and you will be making a pie so fast you will never by a pre-made one again.
Perfect chips every time
I bet you thought your apple cutter was just for apples? Nope. You can make quick and easy potato wedges in the perfect shape. No need for frozen chips in your house anymore. (via Grandma’s Briefs)
Do you realise you have been peeling your mandarins the hard way? Just slice the ends and make a slit in the skin and it will come out all in little pieces ready to eat and enjoy. (via Jewel Pie)
If you have a bunch of kids to feed there is nothing better than watermelon. It goes a long way and in season it is super cheap. Make it easier for you to cut and for the kids to eat by turning it upside down and slicing into sticks. (via Simply Sated)
Easy as cutting tomato
Mini tomatoes are great in a salad but slicing them usually leads to slicing a finger. Make the job quick and simple using either two plastic container lids or two plates. Put the tomatoes between the two lids and using a serrated knife you just slice them in half. (via Food 52)
Make it look pretty
Not only will this help you cut up a pineapple but you won’t even need to mess up any plates to serve it. Just cut it in quarters, cut out the flesh and slice into chunks. Perfect for a healthy party treat. (via Instructables)
Mangos taste so good but getting the whole flesh away from the skin has not been easy, until now. Just use the side of a glass to slide the whole mango away from the skin. No more sticky fingers! (via Sweet Simple Vegan)
Spooning a kiwi
Kiwi fruits are delicious but not that easy to eat. You can never really get all the fruit out. We have tried this spoon trick and it works brilliantly. Just cut the ends and run a spoon under the skin and you get the whole kiwi fruit out in one go. (via Barefoot in the Kitchen)
Squeezing it all out
Juicing limes isn’t like juicing any other fruit. In order to get the most juice out of the lime you need to make sure you cut it right. Otherwise you are just wasting it. Take a look at this video to get the most out of your limes.
Stick a straw in you strawberry
No one can ever stop at one strawberry. Quickly and easily hull a punnet of strawberries by pushing a straw through the middle. A quick way to get afternoon tea into hungry kids! (via Ziploc)
Kernels of goodness
When you cut the kernels off a corn they can fly everywhere. Try cutting your corn on a bunt cake pan. It will keep the kernels from flying away and you get to enjoy every last bit of your corn. (via Simple Bites)
How the monkeys do it
It turns out that monkeys are peeling their bananas the right way. Just pinch the bottom and the banana comes right out. Perfect to teach the kids who have trouble getting their banana open on their own at school. (via A Real Life Housewife)
The strong stuff
This is definitely one for when the kids go to bed. A watermelon margarita in a watermelon. Just cut a hole big enough for your mixer to go in, add the ingredients and mix. Just add a plastic cup and you can even pour it out directly from the skin. A fun addition to a summer party! (via White On Rice Couple)