20+ Food Hacks to Make You a Jedi in the Kitchen

POPSUGAR Photography | Nicole Perry and Anna Monette Roberts
POPSUGAR Photography | Nicole Perry and Anna Monette Roberts

It's time to stop wasting energy, effort, and food. The old-fashioned ways of doing things don't always cut it when you're baking, cooking, or just plain trying to eat! These 20+ tips step up your game in the kitchen, so you can basically be a jedi cook.

Freeze Oatmeal in Muffin Tins
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Freeze Oatmeal in Muffin Tins

If you can't stand the flavor of instant oatmeal but don't have time to make old-fashioned oats every morning, make a big batch over the weekend, divide the cooked oats in a muffin tin, freeze, then transfer to a resealable freezer bag. So brilliant!

A Simple Trick For Measuring Gooey Ingredients
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A Simple Trick For Measuring Gooey Ingredients

Sticky ingredients like honey and molasses come off of measuring cups and spoons if you spray the tools with nonstick spray first.

A Better Way to Freeze Bananas For Smoothies, Banana Bread, and More
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A Better Way to Freeze Bananas For Smoothies, Banana Bread, and More

Overripe bananas can be saved by freezing 1-inch chunks on parchment paper.

Clean Your Spice Grinder
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Clean Your Spice Grinder

Clean a spice grinder, aka coffee grinder, by blending up some white rice inside. It will trap any leftover spices and aromas.

The Right Way to Eat a Salad
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The Right Way to Eat a Salad

Forgo forks for chopsticks when eating a salad so none of the pieces awkwardly fall into your lap.

Mince Garlic the Fast and Easy Way
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Mince Garlic the Fast and Easy Way

The mincing trick involves no knives — just a Microplane.

Open a Stubborn Jar With Ease
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Open a Stubborn Jar With Ease

If you have trouble opening pesky jars, try this spoon trick to pop the top off.

Don't Have Day-Old Bread? Here's How to Fake It
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Don't Have Day-Old Bread? Here's How to Fake It

Many recipes may call for day-old bread like stuffing, french toast, and bread pudding — and this simple hack slowly dries out fresh bread without toasting it.

Never Drink Diluted Iced Coffee Again
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Never Drink Diluted Iced Coffee Again

Fill and freeze ice-cube trays of cold-brew coffee so that your iced coffees never ever dilute.

Iron a Panini
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Iron a Panini

Yes, ironing bread and cheese works. Throw some ham in the mix for a full-fledged panini.

The Easiest Way to Shred Chicken
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The Easiest Way to Shred Chicken

Stop shredding with your hands and use a fork instead!

Dish Out Perfectly Portioned Cookies and Cupcakes
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Dish Out Perfectly Portioned Cookies and Cupcakes

A spring-loaded ice cream scoop will be your key to evenly portioned cookies and cupcakes.

No Lid? No Problem
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No Lid? No Problem

Foil works wonders as a makeshift lid for a pot.

Have Fresh, Warm-From-the-Oven Cookies Whenever a Craving Hits
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Have Fresh, Warm-From-the-Oven Cookies Whenever a Craving Hits

Prep for your next cookie craving by freezing the dough into perfect tablespoon portions.

Fill a Pastry Bag Without Making a Huge Mess
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Fill a Pastry Bag Without Making a Huge Mess

You're going to need a tall glass to fill a pastry bag with ease.

The Fastest Way to Thaw Meat
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The Fastest Way to Thaw Meat

Thaw meat (without getting food poisoning) by setting it in a mixing bowl and letting room-temperature water run into the bowl.

Need Room-Temperature Butter Fast?
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Need Room-Temperature Butter Fast?

A cheese grater is by far the best way to get butter to room temperature fast.

Keep Bread Fresh (Practically) Forever With This Trick
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Keep Bread Fresh (Practically) Forever With This Trick

Freeze sliced bread to keep artisanal (or homemade) bread fresh forever.

Never Suffer the Disappointment of Freezer-Burnt Ice Cream Again
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Never Suffer the Disappointment of Freezer-Burnt Ice Cream Again

Freezer-burnt ice cream begone, simply by turning the pint upside down.

Keep Your Cutting Board From Slipping
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Keep Your Cutting Board From Slipping

Don't let your cutting boards slip as you cut by adding a damp dishcloth underneath the board.

No-Fail, Fluffy Quinoa
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No-Fail, Fluffy Quinoa

There's no bigger bummer than crunchy quinoa. Keep it ultrafluffy by cooking it like pasta, then steaming it.

Make Cakes From a Mix Taste Better
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Make Cakes From a Mix Taste Better

The trick to better-tasting cake from a box involves adding your own sprinkles and making homemade frosting.

Marshmallows Soften Brown Sugar
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Marshmallows Soften Brown Sugar

Keep brown sugar soft (or "rehydrate" it from a rock-solid state) by throwing a marshmallow into the bag or air-tight container.

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