28 Brilliant Food Hacks That Will Make You A Kitchen Genius

Nutella Hot Chocolate!

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You’re about to take your kitchen skills to the next level. Let’s get started with what may well be the tastiest of these tips… Never waste a precious drop of your Nutella again. Instead, pour warm milk into the dregs of the jar to create Nutella hot chocolate and happiness…so much happiness.

Make Your Own Taco Shells In The Microwave

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Do you have tortillas? Check. An microwave? Check. A craving for hard tacos but no shells? Check. Here’s a speedy solution: Put soft tortillas in mugs and nuke em for a few minutes. They’ll crisp up without any frying!

Grill Fish On A Bed Of Lemons

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Don’t you love fish on the grill? Of course you do, but what you don’t love is fish stuck to the grill. Place the fillet on a bed of lemons and you won’t be scraping salmon off of the grates.

Store Natural Nut Butters Upside Down

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If you’ve ever opened up a new jar of natural peanut butter, you know you burn off all the calories you’re about to consume simply by trying to stir it (and not spill any of the oil.) Solution: Store natural nut butters upside down to make it easier to stir and then spread…and then eat large quantities of.

Keep Cake Moist With Bread Slices

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After all your hard work making a cake, the last thing you want is for it to go stale — or even lose a crumb. Because…well, cake. Solution? After cutting into a cake, use toothpicks to cover the exposed portion with piece of bread to keep cake nice and soft.

Cut Cakes And Doughs With Dental Floss

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You could try and perfectly cut through cakes and doughs with a knife and as often as not mangle your dessert, or you could put some of the free floss from your dentist to use. Dental floss makes cutting doughs and cakes a breeze.

Make Fries With An Apple Slicer

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Have you ever thought, “What else can I do with an apple slicer?” (Who hasn’t, right?) If so, try cutting potatoes with it to speed up your french fry prep and make even wedges. (For a steady base, slice a small piece off one end of the potato first.)

Peel Ginger With A Spoon

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Never waste ginger again! (The spice, not the Gilligan’s Island character.) Spoon your ginger and you’ll be left with a beautiful piece of peeled ginger and almost zero waste.

Turn A Mason Jar Into A Salt Dispenser

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Salt containers are not pretty. Mason jars look fancy and they’re functional.

Conclusion?

Use the top of a Morton salt dispenser to replace your mason jar lid. Now you can use it to store and dispense sugar, salt, pepper, or seasoning.

Freeze Cool Whip In Cookie Cutters

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Looking for a cute addition to your hot chocolate? Freeze Cool Whip in cookie cutters and it borders on, dare I say, adorable.

Oil Up Your Eggs

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That sounds a little dirty, but get your mind out of the gutter. Rubbing egg shells with vegetable oil before refrigerating them helps keep them fresh for an additional three to four weeks.

Keep Brown Sugar Soft With Marshmallows

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There’s not much worse to a baker than to pull out the brown sugar to find you now have a brown sugar brick. Put a marshmallow in your brown sugar, though, and it won’t clump or dry out.

Cut A Mango

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Why are some things so hard? You want a piece of fruit, not to feel like you’re performing surgery.

Here it’s easy with a couple quick steps.

Make Heart-Shaped Eggs

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These are almost too cute to eat…almost.

Use a chopstick or pencil and rubber bands to make a heart-shaped boiled egg and win the adoration of whoever consumes it. (If you’re lucky, it will be you.)

Make Creative Pancakes With Cookie Cutters

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Do you have kids? A desire to eat breakfast foods shaped really fancy?

Pancakes can be made in any shape with cookie cutters.

Wrap Banana Crowns In Plastic (Or Store Them Separately)

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Oh, you have unripe bananas? — Wait .02 seconds. — Oh, your bananas are rotten?

Wrap banana crowns in plastic wrap and they’ll last 3-4 days longer.

Make Hash Browns In The Waffle Iron

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Maybe you’re not into waffles but have a waffle iron gathering dust. No more!

Simply watch this video and make them in your waffle iron.

You’re welcome.

Remove Pesky Egg Shells With Wet Fingers

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You wanted to make a cake, not go fishing for tiny pieces of egg shells you accidentally got in the bowl.

Get those pesky eggshells out of the bowl with this quick trick.

Keep Avocados Fresh With Onion

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If you’re one of “those people” who doesn’t eat the whole avocado at once, I don’t trust you, but I’ll also help you out.

Store a cut avocado with onion to keep the brown away.

Make Frozen Herb Butter

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Fresh herbs go bad so quickly that one day you have parsley and the next day you have green liquid seeping out on the floor.

Lovely.

Instead chop and mix fresh herbs with melted butter or oil, pour into ice cube trays to preserve portions for future meals.

Keep Celery Fresh With Foil

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Because nobody likes liquid celery, wrap it in foil to store and keep it fresh for up to a month.

Navigate The World Of Cheese

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If you’ve ever thrown string cheese on a plate next to some smashed up Triscuits, you coul dbenefit from a few tips on creating the perfect plate.

Cut Corn Off The Cob With A BUNDT Pan

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In a perfect world, corn would easily fall off the cob when you needed it to. Well, the world is not perfect, my friends. Luckily, there’s a solution.

Cut corn off the cob with no problem by using a bundt pan to both hold the cob as you cut and catch the corn that comes off.

Keep Cookies Moist With An Apple

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Sometimes crunchy cookies are delicious…,if you’re expecting a crunchy cookie. But if it’s just because the cookie is stale? Not so much.

To keep this from happening, simply put an apple slice in the Tupperware with your cookies to keep them moist. A slice of bread works, too.

Turn Lemon Slices Into Ice Cubes

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It’s hot. You want a refreshing drink. You grab the lemonade and it’s watered down from ice cubes.

Not cool. Literally.

Instead freeze lemon slices in muffin tins to make cubes you can pop in the pitcher without watering it down.

Pit Cherries With A Funnel

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While half the fun of eating cherries is spitting out the pits, apparently that’s not always “acceptable” in public. Or maybe you’re actually baking with them.

If that’s a case, get out the funnel. No need for fancy equipment to pit all those cherries.

Keep Onions And Garlic Fresh In Hole-y Bags

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Hide garlic and onions in punctured paper bags to keep them fresh without molding.

Keep Drinks Bug-Free With Cupcake Liners

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Dear Bugs: Thanks for ruining relaxing drinks on the patio.

Exterminate that problem by putting cupcake liners over your drinks and sticking a straw through.

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