20+ Food Hacks to Make You a Jedi in the Kitchen
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
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
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
Overripe bananas can be saved by freezing 1-inch chunks on parchment paper.
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
Forgo forks for chopsticks when eating a salad so none of the pieces awkwardly fall into your lap.
Add a Lot More Salt Than You Think
Liberally salt your desserts (and add flake salt to the tops) to bring out the flavor.
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
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
Fill and freeze ice-cube trays of cold-brew coffee so that your iced coffees never ever dilute.
Iron a Panini
Yes, ironing bread and cheese works. Throw some ham in the mix for a full-fledged panini.
Dish Out Perfectly Portioned Cookies and Cupcakes
A spring-loaded ice cream scoop will be your key to evenly portioned cookies and cupcakes.
Zest Citrus Without a Microplane
Don't have a Microplane? Get citrus zest anyway by peeling the skin and chopping it up.
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
You're going to need a tall glass to fill a pastry bag with ease.
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?
A cheese grater is by far the best way to get butter to room temperature fast.
Keep Bread Fresh (Practically) Forever With This Trick
Freeze sliced bread to keep artisanal (or homemade) bread fresh forever.
Crack Nuts Without a Nutcracker
No nutcracker needed for this method to crack open shelled nuts with your hands.
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
Don't let your cutting boards slip as you cut by adding a damp dishcloth underneath the board.
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
The trick to better-tasting cake from a box involves adding your own sprinkles and making homemade frosting.
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.