I don’t know about you, but when I am in the kitchen cooking, I am always looking for ways to speed the process up. Any shortcut I can find to make the process faster is right up my alley and I am sure some of you can identify with this too. You may have your own tricks of the trade to make meal preparation simpler and quicker but, here are some food hacks and shortcuts I've discovered that will make cooking easier, more fun and take up less time. Some I’m sure you’ve never even thought about.
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Every morning after you drink your coffee, you probably have a few cups left over. Don’t dump it out. Save it for that afternoon slump when you’re feeling a little sluggish. You will want to make sure the burner is off and your coffee has had plenty of time to cool. Just pour it over ice and add sweetener and creamer as you desire and you have your own barista special to get you recharged in the afternoon.
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We have all experienced splatters in the microwave from heating up certain foods. This can be a mess and pain to clean up. Just use a paper plate to cover your plate of food when heating it up in the microwave. It will absorb the splatters and won’t be hot to the touch after heating. You can simply throw it away when you are done.
Did you know that nuts can go rancid if they are not kept cool? Just keep your nuts in the freezer and you’ll always have them on hand for your recipes. They will stay fresh and you’ll never wonder again if they have spoiled.
If you are serving a meal that requires several toppings to be added to it by your guests, you can keep them all separate by placing them in a muffin tin. This works great for burger, taco or chili toppings and makes for easy clean up with one dish.
Making pancakes can be a mess and you never use as much as you end up making. Next time you want to make pancakes, fill an empty ketchup bottle with the batter and you can squeeze out as much as you need in the pan. You can make several pancakes or just one and save the leftover batter in the refrigerator for when the mood strikes you and you want more.
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Need some fresh corn for your summer time recipes? Just grab a budnt cake pan and easily place the corn in the middle and commence slicing precious kernels off. The bundt cake pan will catch everything so it's a no brainer hack for those in need of large amounts of corn (yum).
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The next time you are making a sandwich on toast, put two slices of bread in one slot of the toaster. This will make sure that the outside of the bread is toasted and the inside of the bread is soft. This could possibility be the solution to the perfect sandwich.
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Cutting up strawberries can be a pain with all the time it takes. Make this chore quicker by using a straw to slide off the stems. Just place the straw through the bottom of the strawberry and push up. The stem will pop right off, making this the fastest way to prepare strawberries out there. (Plus you'll save a lot more of the strawberry and reduce food waste).
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How many times have you cracked an egg and had egg shells fragments in the bowl? It always seems so hard to get them out without getting messy. Next time this happen wet your fingers and then grab for the stray egg shell. You’ll be amazed at how well this works and how the egg shells come right out on the first try.
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To avoid your meat from drying out after being cooked simply place it under a tin foil tent for 10 minutes. This will keep the heat in and give the meat time to soak up its juices. It’s a great way to have moist and tender meat every time you cook.
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When you are reheating pizza in a microwave add a glass of water to the inside and it will help make sure your pizza doesn’t get hard during the reheating process. This will definitely make your pizza taste better.
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We’ve all seen out potatoes get out of control. Not anymore! All you have to do is place an apple in your potatoes storage container and it will prevent your potatoes from growing sprouts. This will definitely make your potatoes last longer.