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Remember the day you learned to use seltzer on a stain? Or how to keep apple slices from browning? (Reminder: lemon juice.) Read on for nine more clever quick fixes.

BrownSugar1

To soften rock-hard brown sugar

Microwave it next to a small glass of water.

Cake

To extend the lifespan of your cakes

Use toothpicks to fasten sandwich bread to the exposed areas. (It’ll keep it from drying out.)

EggShells

To remove egg-shell pieces from a bowl

Like attracts like: use a larger piece of shell to scoop up those teensy fragments.

Tomatoes1

To keep your tomatoes fresher longer

Store them stem-down. (It prevents air from entering and moisture from leaving.)

SlicedBrownies

To cut better brownies

Slice ‘em with a pizza cutter.

SaladDressing

To give salad dressings a creamier texture

In a food processor, blend non-dairy dressing with a torn-up piece of bread. Voila: instant silkiness.

SkilletPizza

To heat up old pizza

Use a stove-top skillet. Simply place the slices over medium-low heat for 4 to 5 minutes to get the cheese nice and melty and the crust nice and crispy.

RedWine

To make red wine last longer

Pour it in an empty Perrier bottle and screw the top on tightly. It’ll keep for up to a month in your fridge. (Just bring back to room temperature before serving.)

BetterBacon

To get crispier, more evenly cooked bacon

Cook it in a waffle iron. Seriously.

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