Food Hacks That Are Guaranteed To Make Your Life Easier

Posted by Editorial Staff in Food On 3rd August 2017

Food is a part of everyone's life. Whether you love food, or simply eat it to keep surviving, there is a food hack out there for you. These tips run across dishes and offerings from all sorts of cuisines, so whether it's Jell-O or tacos or burgers, we've got a tip for you!

#1 Put your leftover pizza in a pan to reheat, instead of the microwave.

The bottom will get crispy while your toppings on top get nice and melty. A microwave doesn’t even come close.

#2 Section ground meat before freezing

You can break off as much as you need without defrosting the whole package.

#3 Make limp celery crisp again

Trim the top and bottom of the celery (cut it off of the root if it is still attached) and drop the stalks upright into a pitcher or jar of ice-cold water to re-crisp. You can also store celery like this. The ice water trick also works on tired broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, lettuce, and spinach.

#4 Juicing a Lemon

There's nothing like a freshly squeezed glass of lemonade in the hot summer months. That being said, squeezing a lemon can prove to be a pretty daunting task. To avoid a mess or accidentally squirting juice in your eye (we've all done it), simple place half a lemon in between a pair of tongs and squeeze. This will allow you to get the most juice out of your fruit and enjoy a fresh delicious beverage at the same time.

#5 Use an egg slicer to slice mushrooms (or strawberries)

If you put your favorite little fungi through an egg slicer, they’ll come out perfect as a pizza topping!

#6 “Dot” your butter … better

When a recipe calls for “dotting” with butter, such as a fruit crisp or a breadcrumb-covered casserole (it adds richness and helps browning), grate chilled butter on the large holes of a flat grater to create uniform pieces that are easier to distribute.

#7 Seal bagged foods with a MacGyver’d plastic bottle

#8. Measure sticky ingredients without getting stuck

When you’re measuring thick, sticky ingredients like honey or peanut butter, spray your measuring cups with nonstick cooking spray to make the ingredients slip right out.

#9 Avoid kitchen math

#10 Using the tab on a soda can to hold your straw.

That’s the kind of thing that is so ingenious you wonder if that was intended by can manufacturers. And makes you wonder why you didn’t think of it first.

Never do that awkward “grab the straw with your tongue” thing again.

#11 Make your own freezer Packs

Whether you’re packing a picnic or transporting perishable groceries from store to home, ice packs are key for keeping your goods cold in the heat of summer. If you’re all out of the mini ice packs you picked up at Restaurant Depot or the full-size ice packs are too big for your cooler, watch this tutorial to find out how to make DIY freezer packs (both solid or gel ice packs) with dish soap or rubbing alcohol.

#12 Cure for Freezer-Burned Ice Cream

If you are one of the thousands of people around the world affected by freezer-burnt ice cream, we feel you. There's nothing worse than anticipating a sweet, creamy flavor when you take a bite of your ice cream, and getting a crushed-ice like taste instead. Ew! To avoid such a casualty, simply place your pint of ice cream into a zip lock bag before tossing it in the freezer. So simple, yet so handy.

#13 Slice cherry tomatoes in seconds

Slicing tomatoes needn't be a time-consuming task. Simply sandwich your tomatoes between two plates, add pressure with one hand, and slice through all the tomatoes simultaneously with a knife.

#14 Peel garlic in seconds

You're peeling garlic wrong. Place the cloves inside a metal bowl, place another metal bowl on top and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.

#15 Take egg shell out easily

Wetting your fingers a little will help you fish egg shell out of your bowl with ease.

#16 Cook eggs inside bell peppers or onions rings for a deliciously healthy and fun meal. Perfect for any time of day!

#17 A guide to the perfect brewing time for different teas

#18 Your bananas can last up to 5 days longer by simply placing some plastic wrap around the tops.

#19 If your cakes keep drying out then simply place a piece of bread on top of them overnight.

#20 Do you struggle with chopsticks? Well not anymore!

#21 Use a melon baller to carve out apple balls. Add sticks, coat them in toffee and leave to set. A quick and easy way to make tasty apple snacks!

#22 Unroll an Orange Instead of Peeling it

Rather than getting chunks of fruit under your nails, slice the ends of your orange with a sharp knife. Then, cut the skin vertically and open up the orange into a strip. From there, you can separate the individual pieces and peel them out fairly easily.

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