When it comes to life hacks, the ones that seem to be the most useful and enjoyable are the delicious food hacks. Not everyone enjoys spending time in the kitchen, so when these clever food hacks are available, they just have to be shared with friends and family. When it comes to people who love to be in the kitchen, food hacks are the best because they’ll help you save a lot of time, along with a lot of money. Nobody likes to throw unused food away because it either went bad or doesn’t taste good anymore. You might as well just throw money into the garbage can instead! But luckily these clever food hacks are available to everyone, and will help you enjoy any time spent in the kitchen, whether it’s for just a few minutes or all day.
1. Bitter Coffee – Honestly bitter coffee is enough to ruin anyone’s morning. This often happens if you brew your coffee with water that is too hot. Don’t throw away the whole pot of coffee just yet though. If you add just a tiny bit of salt to your coffee and stir it around, it’ll no longer be bitter.
2. Crying When Cutting Onions – It never fails that when I’m cutting onions, I end up crying like a giant baby. Nothing is wrong, I just can’t help it. But if you put an onion in the fridge before cutting it, you won’t cry. Also if you chew on something while cutting the onions, you’ll reduce your chances of crying too.
3. Keep Your Green Vegetables Bright When Cooking – If you cook your green vegetables for under seven minutes, they’ll stay greener than if you were to cook them longer than seven minutes. The reason is because the magnesium atom in chlorophyll turns to a hydrogen atom when it gets hot, damaging the cells and turning them more of a yellow green color.
4. Are Your Eggs Still Good? – There have been a lot of stories lately about how expiration dates are there more for the grocery store and not the consumer. You typically have a little longer than the expiration date to eat your food before it goes bad. When it comes to eggs, that is not one I want to be guessing on. If you want to check if your eggs are still good, put an egg in a glass of water. If it floats, don’t eat it. If it sinks, you are good to go!
5. Get Bananas To Ripen Faster – I hate when I go to the grocery store and they only have bright green bananas. I want the bananas to be ripe right now, not next Tuesday! But there is a quick fix for this. Put the bananas in a paper bag with ripe tomatoes. Ripe tomatoes contain a hormone that is actually used to ripen fruits on a commercial level.
6. Stale Cookies – Nobody wants to throw away cookies, but when they are stale sometimes you have no choice. Now you do! If you put them in a sealed bag with a slice of bread, the cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread, making them soft all over again.
7. Cleaning Cast Iron Pans – We have all said that we will get to the dishes later, then forgot about them only to find your favorite cast iron pan caked with old crusty food. Did you know that you can pour Coca Cola into the pan and it’ll make the pan a whole lot easier to clean?
8. Get Those Beverages Cold – I’ve actually done this one and it works wonders, especially on a Sunday morning when you want mimosas but forgot to put the champagne in the fridge the night before. Get a bucket or large bowl. Fill it with ice and then pour some salt in. Fill with water, then submerge your beverages. In about two minutes, they’ll be ice cold!
9. Hamburger Patties Cooked Thoroughly – I don’t know many people that like their hamburgers raw, so to make sure they are cooked all the way through, take a toothpick and poke a hole in the middle of the patty. This allows heat to travel through the middle quicker, making sure it’s not raw inside. Take a look at this backyard diy bbq that takes grilling to a whole new level.
10. Keep Guacamole Green – About 99% of the time when I make guacamole, we don’t finish it all and I need to refrigerate it. But in just a few hours, it seems to start turning brown. Solve this problem by either covering the guacamole with plastic wrap, or add a small layer of water on top. This basically suffocates the guacamole, making it so it doesn’t turn brown since the air can’t get to it.
11. Best Time To Drink Coffee – I thought anytime was a good time to drink coffee, expect for right before bed. But nope! If you drink coffee between 9:30am – 11:30am, you’ll get the biggest caffeine boost possible. This just so happens to be the time when your stress hormone cortisol is dropping. You’ll feel the effects of the caffeine much more at this time.
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