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8 Kitchen Life Hacks

8 Kitchen Life Hacks

I love my apartment and having my own kitchen, but cleaning afterwards makes cooking much less enjoyable. Luckily, I’ve learned some pretty great tips to speed up the process. What’s life without a few good hacks anyway?

1. Stop scrubbing your pans.

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Boil water in your kitchen pans after cooking to avoid extra scrubbing. Adding dish soap is totally an option.

2. Don’t water down your iced coffee.

Freeze hot coffee in ice trays for quick and easy iced coffee.

3. Stop smoking up your kitchen with oven spills.

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Sprinkle salt over food that drips and burns onto the oven floor in order to reduce smoke. Sprinkle cinnamon to reduce odor. The two will ease the pain of cleaning the spill later.

4. Deep clean your oven without having to buy new cleaning products.

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Pour drops of vanilla extract onto a kitchen rag and deodorize your oven by rubbing down its racks. Turn on the oven to release the fresh scent.

5. Remove melted plastic from your toaster or stove.

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By leaning over too much, I melted part of my vest on my stove. Use nail polish remover to rub off melted plastic from your toaster or stove. All appliances must be at a cool temperature while attempting this. Also, be sure to wipe it down with a bit of soapy water later to keep acetone out of your food!

6. Never wash your blender again.

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Deep clean your blender by blending drops of liquid soap and water together.

7. Remove tarnish with your favorite condiment.

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Use ketchup to remove tarnish, but munch on fries while you’re at it.

8. Save your sponges.

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Keep your kitchen sponge clean by attaching a binder clip and letting it drain.

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50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


50 Kitchen Hacks That Just Make Cooking Easier

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get dinner (or dessert) on the table faster.

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to the top to subdue some of the sweetness, and just like that your dish is saved.

Get the full tutorial here.

Making deviled-eggs for your entire family? Expedite the process by sticking your hard boiled eggs in a container and shaking it with water. There must be some sort of sorcery involved, because for some reason this trick makes the shell way easier to peel&mdashno poking and tedious picking required.

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or a nearby set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's a no brainer that you need ice cream with your pie, so when you run out, it's kind of a big deal. Instead of making a mad rush to the store, whip up your own with some ripe bananas in a blender. Add in chocolate chips or a bit of hot fudge, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, and consider that crisis averted.

Pomegranate seeds are a delicious snack, but they're kind of a pain to pick out. But as this vlogger shows, it's really just a matter of slicing your pomegranate in half and knocking them out with a few strong taps over a bowl. Brilliant, right?

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

When you have a million things cooking and baking at the same time (a.k.a. any meal during Christmas time), things can get hectic really fast. Avoid a boiling water mess by sticking a wooden spoon on top of your pot. We're not exactly sure why it works (though, our fifth grade science reminds us that wood is a good heat insulator), but we assure you it does.

Making egg white anything can be a major hassle if you try to separate the yolk via the crack-and-catch method. Instead, use an old, clean plastic bottle and squeeze the yolk right out of the whites.

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy. or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

With a blender and a few healthy&mdashbut delicious&mdashingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller. It works just as well. if not better.

Get the full tutorial here.

Slicing onions inevitably leaves us a teary-eyed mess. Thanks to this sneaky trick, though, you won't have to worry about running mascara ever again. All it takes is learning this specific onion-chopping pattern and remembering to keep the root intact at all times.

There's nothing more annoying than dealing with a jar that just won't give. Next time, try this nifty hack that creates a pull system on the lid with a strip of duct tape. Serious game changer, people.

It's so disheartening having to wait for rock-hard avocados to become mushy enough for a big bowl of guac. But if you have an oven, tin foil, and 15 minutes to spare, you can make them soft and ready to smash in no time. We recommend serving with margaritas, of course.

Get the full tutorial here.

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

De-stemming strawberries usually involves chopping off part of the actual berry, and we hate to waste. So try this trick instead&mdashall you need is a straw.

Get the full tutorial here.

There isn't a more heinous offense than serving up a dry bird. Avoid such a catastrophe with the "beer in the rear" trick. It cooks the inside of the turkey with steam, which yields a juicy, tender turkey without having to douse in extra gravy.

Cooking breakfast for the extended family in the A.M. can make you, at the very least, want to pull your hair out. So if you're running out of burners amid the chaos, try making some bacon in the microwave using a bowl and a plate. Simply place the strips on an upside down bowl, put a plate underneath, and heat up. No more stains on your favorite Christmas sweater or painful grease splatters.

Dessert just got a major upgrade. and about ten times less messy. For the kiddies, make homemade ice cream sammies using cookies and slicing up a carton of your favorite flavor. Then, just peel off the label and you're ready to eat.

No need to chop with a knife. It's a matter of hitting your lettuce head, stem down, against the counter until it pops off. Yep, that's really all there is to it.

Sometimes you just want a few apple wedges for a quick snack, or you have some stragglers from left over from that apple pie recipe. To prevent the fruit from turning brown by tomorrow, simply put a rubber band around the wedges to form a smaller fruit and keep the insides from being exposed to oxygen.

Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

Banana bread lovers, you're going to like this one. Ripen the fruit by sticking them in the oven for a few minutes. When you pull 'em out, you'll have perfectly mushy bananas that are ready to use in your favorite baking recipes.


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