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With our busy lifestyles, cooking can sometimes become an arduous task at the end of a long day. But these easy kitchen hacks from Tesco will help you save time!

Freeze fresh herbs

Fresh herbs don’t last long in the fridge. Ensure you’ve always got herby additions for sauces and soups by freezing portions in an ice cube tray with a few drops of olive oil, and then toss them straight into the pan when you need them.

Instantly soften hard butter

No need to wait for butter to soften when you’re baking – just grate it straight into the mixing bowl and the flakes will warm and soften up almost instantly.

Cut down on cutting

A food processor is the ultimate tool for chefs in a rush. Most come with chopping blades, so you can avoid all the manual labour. Chuck all your veg into the processor for perfectly sliced carrots, peppers, mushrooms and onions.

How to peel garlic, quickly

An old Mason or jam jar is all you need. Place the cloves inside, put the lid on and shake vigorously until they’re peeled.

Prepare smoothie packs

Not many people have time in the morning to chop fruit for breakfast smoothies. Freeze individual packs of your favourite fruity combos and chuck them straight into the blender with some yoghurt, milk or juice – as it’s been in the freezer, it’ll also be deliciously cold.

Marinate meat

When freezing poultry or red meat, pour some marinade in with each portion. Your meat will get a nice, long soak in the juicy flavours when you defrost it so it’ll be extra tasty by dinnertime.

Kitchen scissors

Don’t let your knives have all the fun. Kitchen scissors are amazingly versatile tools for speeding up cooking. Use them to chop herbs, cut chicken into equal-sized pieces or divide up quesadillas and slices of pizza. Just make sure you wash the scissors between each use.