23 Food Hacks That Will Change Your Entire Life
Or at least the way you eat and cook
RIPEN AN AVOCADO IN 10 MINUTES
Wrap the avocado in tinfoil and stick it in a 200°F oven until it softens, then put it in the fridge to cool.
PEEL HARD-BOILED EGGS MORE EASILY
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water, cook as usual and then let the eggs cool. When you peel them, the shells will slide right off. (Yesss, that just saved us ten minutes.)
COOK PASTA IN 60 SECONDS
Plan ahead: Soak your pasta in a bowl of water for an hour before dinner. When it’s time to eat, drop the pasta into a pot of boiling water for 60 seconds and it’s ready to go.
KEEP AN APPLE FROM GETTING BROWN
Nope, not the lemon juice trick. Instead, slice an apple and keep the core. Reassemble the pieces around the core so that the apple looks whole again and then wrap a rubber band around it to keep the slices in place.
MINCE GARLIC FASTER
Instead of wasting time peeling the clove, put the entire thing in your garlic press and give it a squeeze. Minced garlic will come out, but the skin will stay tucked inside the press.
KEEP HARD-BOILED EGG SHELLS FROM CRACKING
Before you put your eggs into a pot of cold water, brush the shells with lemon juice. The acidity will help keep the shells intact as the water heats up.
MAKE BROWN RICE TASTE BETTER
Cook the rice as usual, then pat it dry with a paper towel. Heat a skillet and add a few tablespoons of olive oil or ghee and the herbs of your choice. Sauté the rice in the skillet until golden.
SEPARATE EGG YOLKS WITH NO HANDS
Crack the egg onto a plate, then position the mouth of an empty water bottle over the yolk. Squeeze the water bottle slightly, then lower it over the yolk as you un-squeeze to suck the yolk off the plate and into the bottle. It’s egg-white omelet time.
MAKE BETTER COFFEE
Always use cold water, not hot, to brew your coffee. The hot water sits in the tank until you’re ready to use it, while cold water is less likely to collect mineral deposits. Mmm, breakfast blend…
RE-CORK A BOTTLE OF WINE
Wrap the cork in wax paper after you remove it from the wine bottle. Yay, now it will slide in and out of the bottle with ease.
KEEP COOKIES FRESH FOR DAYS
Stick those macadamia-chocolate-chunks in a ziploc bag with a slice of bread to keep them moist.
MAKE PRETTIER ICE CUBES
Boil filtered or bottled water on the stove to remove air bubbles, then let it cool and boil it again. Let the water cool down again, then pour it into ice-cube trays and cover them with plastic wrap to keep any particles from getting in. Bam, restaurant-level cubes.