9 Genius Kitchen Tricks
From softening clumped sugar to cutting better brownies
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.
To soften rock-hard brown sugar
Microwave it next to a small glass of water.
To extend the lifespan of your cakes
Use toothpicks to fasten sandwich bread to the exposed areas. (It’ll keep it from drying out.)
To remove egg-shell pieces from a bowl
Like attracts like: use a larger piece of shell to scoop up those teensy fragments.
To keep your tomatoes fresher longer
Store them stem-down. (It prevents air from entering and moisture from leaving.)
To cut better brownies
Slice ‘em with a pizza cutter.
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.
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.
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.)
To get crispier, more evenly cooked bacon
Cook it in a waffle iron. Seriously.