So many jobs and so little time! So here at Winchester Kitchens we are all in favour of little handy hints to give us a helping hand! We had a chat in the showroom  and came up with a list of our favourites to share with you!

Grate Cold Butter

We love this! Your pack of butter has to be close to frozen for it to work, and you must work fast to keep it from melting, but the grated butter is perfect for adding to flour before baking biscuits, scones, muffins, etc. It also makes the butter melt much faster, so if your butter is too cold to spread, consider grating it first and then topping toast, veggies, or a baked potato!


Store Ice Cream In A Bag

A plastic freezer bag keeps the cold air from making your ice cream rock hard. If you like straight spoons and soft ice cream, this trick is worth the extra step! Try to push out as much air out of the bag as you can before putting it in the freezer.

Make Your Own Yogurt lollies!

A sweet frozen treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about! We know it works with Activia and most other individual yogurts with a soft top that will allow a lolly stick to slide in will work just fine.


The Best Way To Chill Wine

We love frozen grapes (and bananas) in the summer time, but they are also fantastic little cubes for keeping your wine chilled without watering it down. You can also plop one or two in a glass of red wine that has been kept at a room temperature that is too warm.


Wooden Spoon Trick

Place a wooden spoon over boiling water to keep it from boiling over. There is a lot of science behind this, but the easiest way to explain why this works is because the spoon pops a lot of the bubbles once they come into contact with it, and it also absorbs some of the moisture. Apparently, metal spoons don’t work because they heat up too fast. It’s worth a try!


Taming Chillies

Before chopping them, rub a little vegetable oil onto your hands. This creates a barrier which prevents your skin absorbing their fiery properties and aroma. Be warned, though — it may make the knife slippery.