You might be an expert in kitchen, whipping up meals so elegant you could be on shows like Top Chef. Or maybe you’re completely inexperienced, unable to cook anything without burning it. Whatever your skill level, you can always learn something new to help you when it comes to making breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
Whether you can barely boil water or you’re so experienced you can make gourmet dishes with ease, here are some kitchen hacks you likely never knew but could incorporate into your cooking routine.
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1. How To Cut The Perfect Pineapple Every Time
Pineapple is one of the hardest fruits to cut. Not only do you have to worry about that tough middle core but cutting off the prickly skin is no easy feat either.
This awesome hack shows how you can cut a pineapple with ease. You’ll be able to cut the perfect bite-sized pieces so that your pineapple is readily available for snacking or serving at parties.
2. How to Store Lettuce To Last A Month
There is nothing worse than digging into a delicious salad only to find that your lettuce has gone soggy. The best salads are ones that are made with crisp fresh lettuce.
This hacks guarantees that your lettuce will stay fresh just how you like it! Not only that, but it may keep your lettuce nice and crips for an entire month – WOAH!
3. The Fastest Way to Cut Cherry Tomatoes And Grapes In Half
Cutting grapes in half is extremely important especially if you have little ones in the house. However, it is never fun when you have to scramble and prepare their snack while they’re crying in the background.
Hanger is a real thing so when you find yourself in this situation make use of this awesome hack and cut a handful of grapes in half all at once! Further, you can use this hack for cherry tomatoes too because they’re essentially the same size!
4. Separate An Egg Yolk From The White With A Bottle
I hate to admit it but I am definitely clumsy when it comes to the baking department. Separating eggs yolks is not easy (in my opinion).
If you’re like me you’ll appreciate this baking hack! All you’ll need is a plastic water bottle. Never experience accidentally breaking a yolk or crunching on baked eggshells again!
5. How To Clean And Season A Cast Iron Pan
Cast iron pans are amazing kitchen tools because if they are taken care of properly, they can literally last a lifetime! Plus, they can seriously cook everything from veggies to meat and even desserts like cake.
Unfortunately, if you don’t take care of your cast iron pan you can ruin it quickly! Don’t put it in the dishwasher and don’t wash it with soap and water either! Instead, check out this easy hack that teaches how to properly clean your pan as well as how to season it for future use!
6. Mince Garlic Without A Press
There are so many different kitchen tools available and it’s hard to know which ones are worth the money. Garlic presses are one of those kitchen tools that are certainly handy but what else are you going to use it for?
This kitchen hack shares how you can achieve the same perfectly minced garlic as a garlic press would produce but instead, you’ll be using a Microplane. The great thing about this is that it’s easy to use, easy to clean and means you’ll get multiple uses out of it too! Use it to mince your garlic but also to zest your lemons, limes, and oranges, and even to grate nutmeg!
7. How An Old Ketchup Bottle Can Make The Coolest Pancakes
Reduce, reuse and repurpose! I bet you thought I was going to say recycle, however, instead of recycling your empty ketchup bottles go ahead and repurpose it! We found an awesome hack that utilizes an empty ketchup bottle to help create the perfect pancakes.
Using a ladle to scoop pancake batter into the frying pan can be messy! The ketchup bottle will help you create the perfect round pancakes and if you’re feeling creative it’ll even help you create fun shapes like hearts!
8. How To Deseed A Pomegranate In Less Than 30 Seconds
Deseeding a pomegranate is never easy and not to mention is incredibly messy! If you’re like me you often are left with red-stained hands and a sad amount of seeds. More than often, I get frustrated and promise myself to never buy the fruit again.
If that sounds like you, let us help you fall in love with this nutrient-dense fruit again! This hack is not only easy but will help you deseed the pomegranate in seconds! Then you’ll be well on your way to enjoying them by the handful, tossed in a salad or however you like them best.
9. Use Rice To Clean Your Spice Grinder In Seconds
Grinding spices is the best way to achieve fresh and fragrant flavors. Electric coffee grinders are great tools for grinding spices quickly and effectively, however, they can quickly become built up with leftover spices and aromas.
This hack shares how a handful of rice can quickly help remove leftover bits and pieces as well as the odors. Using this hack you can have a clean grinder in just a few seconds!
10. Save Your Avocados From Browning With This Simple Trick
Society has shifted to finally accept and encourage others to eat more healthy fats. People are enjoying avocados more than ever and for good reason – it’s delicious and a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids!
However, the worst thing about avocados is that they seem to go from ripe to overripe incredibly quick! This hack provides the ins and outs of how to effectively store your avocado and how to prevent it from browning too quickly.
11. How to Prevent Sliced Cake From Going Stale
Baking is hard work, and the last thing you want is all your hard work to go to waste. If you’re hanging onto leftover cake don’t let it go stale! Instead, try this genius hack!
This idea uses bread and toothpicks to ensure that your cake never goes stale. The bread acts as a barrier and will cause the bread to go stale instead of the cake.
12. This Common Kitchen Utensil Opens Stubborn Jars in Seconds
It is incredibly frustrating when jars are hard to open. It’s even more frustrating when you don’t have anyone around to help you! That is where this awesome hack comes in.
A spoon is your secret weapon when it comes to tackling stubborn jar lids! You’ll quickly discover that it will help break the seal and, in turn, will allow you to open the jar with ease.
13. How to Clean A Wooden Cutting Board With A Lemon And Salt
Cutting boards are important kitchen tools that help to prevent scratches and marks on your countertops! However, failing to take proper care of your cutting board may cause it to deteriorate quickly.
This hack proves how easy it is to give a wooden cutting board a deep clean! The best part is that all you will need is half a lemon, coarse salt, and a bench scraper.
14. The No-Stick Method To Grate Cheese With Ease
I don’t know about you but grating cheese is so satisfying! What isn’t satisfying is when the cheese clumps up or becomes stuck to the grater.
This brilliant hack lets you in on 2 secrets on how to prevent cheese from sticking. Keep in mind this hack will work for both a handheld grater and the box style too!
15. Sheet Pan Pancakes
Say goodbye to flipping pancakes because sheet pan pancakes just made breakfast prep so much easier! All you’ll need is your favorite pancake mix, foil or non-stick cooking spray, and a sheet pan.
While our recipe is infused with fresh berries you can toss in whatever mix-in’s you like! Keep them plain, or consider adding chocolate chips – your choice! Once you see how easy this is and how you can effortlessly feed a crowd, you’ll never want to prepare pancakes the same again!
16. How to Whip Cream Without Beaters
There is nothing more luxurious than diving into a treat topped with the dreamiest whipped cream. However, getting the whipped cream to be the perfected light and airy texture does require some elbow grease and handy electric beaters, until now that is!
This hack is especially handy if you don’t own a set of electric beaters or if you’re not in your normal kitchen environment. All you’ll need is a mason jar and heavy cream! With those 2 items and this genius hack, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying whipped cream while you’re camping, at a friend’s house, or even, on the road!
17. Ripen Rock-Hard Avocados On-Demand
It’s funny how it feels like it takes forever for an avocado to ripen, yet once they’re ripe they go bad quickly. The next time you find yourself needing a ripe avocado pronto be sure to try this hack!
To speed ripen avocados all you’ll need is a bit of foil, your oven and the instructions from this hack! Your delicious avocado can be ready to eat in just 10 minutes! That is a heck of a lot better than having to wait several days for the avocado to ripen or not being able to enjoy any avocado at all.
18. Cut The Perfect Cake Slices With Dental Floss
Cutting the perfect cake slices is no easy feat. The last thing you want to do is mangle a beautiful cake that you either spent hours preparing or spend a pretty penny for!
This brilliant hack uses dental floss to cut the perfect no-mess cake slices. Try it once and you’ll never want to cut a cake with a knife again!
19. Incredibly Easy Baked Egg Cups
Mornings can be the busiest time of day because we’re busy getting things in order for the day as well as trying to get ready and possibly even struggling to get the little ones out the door too. This is why it is so easy to skip breakfast which only leaves our tummies grumbling and in some cases can make it hard to focus at work too.
Never skip breakfast again and try this awesome breakfast hack! This recipe allows you to cook a large batch of baked eggs in less than 20 minutes! These low-carb and high-protein bites will fuel your morning perfectly.
20. cut onions without shedding tears
When you cut into an onion, you're actually breaking open microscopic cells filled with enzymes that turn into volatile gasses when they escape. This causes a chemical reaction and creates a lachrymatory agent, similar to the chemicals used in tear gas. When the fumes reach the almond-shaped glands in the corner of your eyes, your eyes begin to produce tears in an attempt to dilute and flush the chemical from your eyes.
It can be an irritating and even painful process to slice and dice onions, so here are some ideas you can try without getting weepy:
1. Onion heating 45 seconds . It can spoil the pungent ingredients in Onions.
2. Stick it in the freezer 10 minutes before chopping.
3. Chop with a piece of bread hanging out of your mouth.
4. Soak it in cold water for a few minutes.
5. Wipe the blade with lemon juice before cutting.
6. Chew gum.
21. Peel Garlic
Garlic is one of my most-used ingredients and an elemental flavor in so many of my favorite dishes like Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Mushrooms with Garlic. But scrapping the thin, papery skin off multiple cloves is a pain.
So we put six popular methods for peeling garlic to the test.
1. Heat garlic for 20 seconds. After cooling a bit, the Garlic slip easily from their skin.
2. You’ll make a large shaker by grasping two metal bowls together and use the force of shaking the bowls to pop the garlic out of its skin.
3. You use the flat blade of a knife to press down on the garlic cloves to crack their skins and then remove the peel by hand. It is a quick and easy method that doesn’t require dirtying any additional equipment.
22. Make The Perfect Crispy FLAT Bacon Using A Cooling Rack
Bacon has stolen the hearts of many. Its salty flavor is incredibly crave-worthy and is the perfect addition to your breakfast. Unfortunately, cooking bacon on the stove-top can be messy and can be especially painful if that hot oil splatters on you.
This hack not only creates the perfect flat bacon but also helps to reduce greasy messes. This super easy cooking hack can prepare bacon is about 12 minutes or less!
23. Put Your Knives Away And Hull Strawberries With A Straw
Cutting off the stems of a strawberry with a knife isn’t easy and does require a bit of skill. Not to mention, if you haven’t mastered the skill it can be dangerous as you can slice your finger open if you’re not careful.
This fool-proof hack proves that it’s easy to hull strawberries and all you need is a straw to do it! Better yet, because this is a safer solution, you can have your little ones help you! They’ll love playing chef in the kitchen while snacking on fresh sweet strawberries.
24. Make Non-Drip Popsicles For Even The Messiest Kids
Cold treats like popsicles are perfect for the hot summer months. However, many store-bought varieties are loaded with refined sugars and artificial flavors and colors. The best solution to this problem is to make your own homemade popsicles! Your kids will love them and you’ll be happy that you know exactly what went into making them.
This hack provides you with a secret on how to make the perfect non-drop popsicles. I’ll give you a hint, it’s not the popsicle mold but instead, it is a secret ingredient!
25. How to Harvest And Dry Herbs
Herbs are amazing ingredients that truly provided dishes with a lovely punch of flavor. Further, some herbs can even provide medicinal properties. If you grow your own herbs don’t let them go to waste and check out how to properly harvest and dry them.
This hack will not only help to preserve their essential oils but will ensure that they hold their flavor. You’ll learn how to harvest the leaves, the flowers, and the seeds as well as tips on how to gather them properly and how to dry and store them effectively.
26. Never Drink Watered Down Iced Coffee Again
If you’re like me, in the summer you trade hot coffee for refreshing iced coffee. The only negative thing about iced coffee is that it is loaded with ice. Once the ice melts, that rich luxurious coffee quickly becomes watered down and taste like a weak caffeinated drink – yuck!
To prevent that from happening, give this brilliant hack a whirl and never drink watered-down iced coffee again. As a bonus, you’ll be provided with a few tips on how to make your iced coffee taste even better!
27. How To Make And Keep Your Brown Sugar Soft
White sugar is more popular than brown sugar but that doesn’t mean brown sugar isn’t important too! Some recipes require brown sugar for a reason. Unfortunately, because it doesn’t get utilized as frequently as white sugar, it can harden over time.
This hack provides you with 2 tips. One that will help prevent brown sugar from hardening and one that will help repair the brown sugar if it has already hardened.
28. Use Vinegar To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs With Ease
Hard-boiled eggs are an eggcellent protein-packed snack and can even be used as a lovely appetizer like deviled eggs or in delicious recipes like egg salad. Boiling the eggs is easy but peeling them isn’t.
This hack will help you peel hard-boiled eggs with ease! The secret ingredient in this hack is a 1/4 cup of vinegar and a dash of salt. These two ingredients help the shell break off in large chunks instead of tiny eggshell shards.
29. How To Peel A Peach In Seconds
Not everyone enjoys bitting into a fuzzy peach with the skin on and some baking even requires that you peel the skin off too. This hack proves there is a way to peel the skin off quickly without having to use a sharp knife!
The big secret is to blanch the peaches! This hack will walk you through step by step instructions on how to blanch them properly. You’ll be able to dig into a skinless peach in no time!
30. Make Perfect Rice Every Time With a Kitchen Towel
Cooking rice seems easy in theory, however, it can quickly go soggy or mushy if it isn’t prepared correctly. Give this hack a try to prevent this from happening!
The only tool you’ll need is a kitchen towel and a timer. Before you know it you’ll have perfectly fluffy rice every single time. Alternatively, if you have an Instant Pot, you can try preparing it with this !
31. Speed Ripen Your Bananas In The Oven
It’s always disappointing when you head to the grocery store only to find a long row of very unripe bananas. Especially if you were planning on doing some delicious baking. Instead of waiting several days for the bananas to ripen, check out this amazing speed ripen bananas hack!
All you’ll need is a sheet pan and your oven. In about 40 minutes your bananas will be ready to be incorporated into your favorite recipes!
32. The No-Shuck, No-Boil Way To Cook Perfect Corn on the Cob
Cooking corn on the cob isn’t the hardest side dish to prepare but it can be a nuisance. Cooking it on the barbecue can be messy and standing over a boiling pot on a hot summer day isn’t fun either. Rest assured, we have the perfect solution for you!
This no-shuck, no-boil corn on the cob hack achieves perfectly cooked corn in just a few minutes! The secret is to use the microwave and to allow the husk to act as a steam bag!
33. The Ice Cream Sandwich Trick
Ice cream is another delicious and refreshing treat that is especially enjoyed during the hot summer months. There is, however, one summer treat that is even better than plain old ice cream – ice cream sandwiches of course!
It may seem difficult to make homemade ice cream sandwiches but this hack proves that it is actually quite easy! With a few secrets such as using store-bought cookie dough and packing the ice cream into a disposable cup, you’ll quickly learn how truly effortless it is to make your own.
34. The Instant, Ice-Free Way To Chill Your Wine
Ice cubes do a great job at chilling beverages to perfection, however, nobody likes watered-down wine. So say no to ice cubes and enjoy a perfectly chilled glass with this secret hack!
Instead of ice cubes, chill your wine with frozen grapes! While they serve a practical purpose of chilling the wine, they also look cute in the wine glass too! This hack also provides you with tips on how to pair green and red grapes with different types of wine.
35. No Mess, Easy Scooping
There are several steps that go into making delicious cupcakes and muffins. Once you have prepared the batter you need to evenly scoop it into the muffin tin.
While this task doesn’t sound overly hard, I’m sure we’ve all experienced a messy counter and baking sheets during this step. Put the spoons and ladles down because this tutorial is going to show you how a simple ice cream scoop can effortlessly (and cleanly) distribute the batter into the muffin tin.
36. The Best Way To Keep Bananas From Turning Brown
Bananas are similar to avocados because they too can go from ripe to overripe in just a day or two. This can be especially frustrating if bananas are quick and accessible healthy snacks in your household. Plus overripe bananas aren’t very useful unless you plan on doing a lot of baking!
Thankfully there are awesome food hacks like this one that can help prolong the life of bananas. The secret tool in this hack is to use duct tape! Who knew duct tape could serve so many different purposes!
37. Make Perfectly Flaky Pastry With This Simple Butter Trick
Achieving the perfect baked pastry is truly a work of art. It does take a bit of practice, hard work, and dedication. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring that the butter is broken up into the perfect sized pieces.
This hack helps diminish the time and effort it would take if you were to chop the butter with your hands or with a pastry blending tool. Plus, hacks like this will make you feel like a professional baker. For more ways to make you feel like a professional, check out !
38. Cook Spaghetti Squash Effortlessly In An Instant Pot
Spaghetti squash is the perfect low-carb substitution for spaghetti pasta because it has a stringy texture. However, cooking spaghetti squash the traditional way, in the oven, can be time-consuming.
Once again the Instant Pot is helping us in the kitchen by decreasing the cooking time significantly. The fast cooking time is the first benefit of this hack. The second is the results. Let me be the first to tell you that nothing quite compares to how the Instant Pot can cook spaghetti squash. The squash quite literally peels itself which means there is no squash left behind (or wasted).
39. Use A Mason Jar To Peel Cloves And Keep Your Hands Garlic-Free
I love watching cooking shows for inspiration and if I’m being totally honest to drool at dishes that I know I cannot cook for myself. It’s funny how professional chefs always seem to make tasks such as peeling garlic look so effortless on camera. But we all know that isn’t the case.
Avoid smelly hands and cut down on prep time by peeling serval cloves of garlic at once with this incredible hack. Aside from the garlic, of course, all you’ll need is a mason jar!
40. No Cream? No Problem! Make Your Own Heavy Cream Substitute
The next time you get an itch to spontaneously bake up a storm be sure to try this genius hack! Not everyone has heavy cream on hand and that is totally okay! This hack proves that you can make your own heavy cream from 2 ingredients.
It’s important to note that this homemade heavy cream won’t turn into whipping cream but it will work perfectly in many recipes such as biscuits and custards. You can even use this hack to create a homemade cream sauce such as alfredo – yum!
41. DIY Hard Taco Shells, Bowls, & Cups
Say goodbye to store-bought taco bowls and hard taco shells and cups because this amazing food hack is about to blow you away. It’s actually incredibly easy to make hard taco shells, bowls, and cups at home and this hack will walk you through exactly how to do it.
The oven rack, tortillas, and a bit of non-stick cooking spray are all you’ll need to prepare hard taco shells. Further, a muffin tin will help you prepare both the taco bowls and the taco cups! Taco Tuesday just got so much better!
42. Neatly Decorate A Cake With Cookie Cutter Shapes
Have you ever wondered how some people are capable of neatly writing or designing on cakes? You don’t have to master the technique because there are awesome hacks like this that help to make it easy!
This baking hack uses a simple cookie cutter to effortlessly decorate a cake. Further, this tutorial shows how you can utilize both the outside of the cookie-cutter shape as well as the inside.
43. Mornings Made Easy With Waffle Maker Omelets
Breakfast time gets another awesome hack with this waffle maker omelet idea. Flipping omelets isn’t as easy as it seems but throws away the frying pan because you don’t need it!
While they may not come out looking like a traditional omelet, this hack is certainly foolproof and is a fun way to change up breakfast time! Plus, you can still customize your omelet with whatever additions you like.
44. Cook Quinoa Effortlessly In An Instant Pot
Quinoa is full of important vitamins and minerals and is even a great source of protein! It can be a delicious base for salad such as this or it can be enjoyed warm as a side dish.
Cooking quinoa on the stovetop isn’t overly hard, but it does require babysitting because it can quickly boil over, overcook or burn on the bottom. This means no multitasking! However, throw the Instant Pot into the equation and you can prepare a large batch of quinoa incredibly quickly and hands-off! So go ahead and set the pot, walk away and catch up on your favorite show. Thankfully the Instant Pot will beep to let you know that it has completed its task!
45. Get more juice
Next time you need fresh lemon juice, try this restaurant tip. Microwave a lemon for seven to ten seconds. Then, roll the lemon back and forth under your palm on the counter. When you squeeze, you’ll get more juice from the lemon with way less effort. Try it with limes, too!