Food really does make the world go around, but cooking and eating are very personal things. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes, some people hate cooking while others dream about it, and that’s before we even mention the physical act of actually eating the food. But at the end of the day, everyone wants to eat delicious food – so why not make life easier for everyone?
These food and cooking hacks have all been discovered by the people of Reddit, and while some people came across these hacks accidentally, others have been thought out and created to solve serious problems we all face in the kitchen. Yes, one thing we do know for sure is that you’re definitely going to wish that you knew these tips and tricks sooner because they really are game-changing.
Grate Some Toast for Last-Minute Breadcrumbs
There’s nothing more annoying than realizing that you’ve forgotten the last ingredient of a dish, and many people have been in a situation where they’ve realized they don’t have any breadcrumbs to go atop their dinner. In most cases, they simply go without – but why should you deny yourself such a great and versatile topping?
An easy solution, if you’re out of breadcrumbs, is to grab a piece of bread, shove it in the toaster, and then grate it on top of your dish. This gives you instant, last-minute breadcrumbs that offer exactly the same taste and texture as if you were to buy store-bought breadcrumbs. It’s even more of a bonus if you have some leftover stale bread you don’t want to waste.
Use Fork Anchors to Cook Your Meat
When you have a large cut of beef, pork, chicken, or even fish, it can be hard to cook it evenly on the stove. While you can easily sear both the top and the bottom of the meat, sometimes you can find that the sides are still raw – making the overall taste a little strange. If you want to ensure that your meat is cooked evenly, all you need are a couple of forks.
It’s super easy to turn your forks into anchors, and all you have to do is stab the meat with the fork, and then lay the fork on the side of the pan. This will ensure that the meat can be turned and cooked on every single side, and you won’t have to stand there and hold it up while you wait for it to cook through. It really is that simple.
Turn Your Normal Cupcake Into a Cupcake Sandwich
Everyone has their own way of eating a cupcake. Some people simply bite into the whole thing at once to ensure an even distribution of cake and icing in their mouths, while there are others who prefer to lick off the icing before devouring the cake on its own. Have you ever tried a cupcake sandwich, though?
It’s super easy to turn your normal cupcake into a cupcake sandwich. All you have to do is tear off the bottom of the cupcake, and place it on top of the icing. This makes the whole eating process even more exciting, and it somehow makes an already delicious cupcake even more delicious. It’s a hack you just have to try.
Shrink Your Pan With a Simple Piece of Foil
While some people have countless pots and pans of all shapes and sizes, there are others who prefer to keep a streamlined kitchen. And while having just a few pans is a good way to ensure that you don’t clutter your cupboards, this can pose a problem when you want to cook something and you don’t have the right size. So, what do you do?
A great way to shrink any pan is to use something you probably already have in abundance in your kitchen; tin foil. You can use this to downsize a surface area of a pot or a pan, as you can create a barrier using strips of foil – like in the picture above. This not only saves you from having to buy another pan, but it also means that you don’t have to make extra food that you’ll ultimately waste.
Cook Two Oven Pizzas on One Tray With Ease
Sometimes one oven pizza just isn’t enough, but finding the space in your square oven (and on a rectangular baking tray) for two round pizzas can be a struggle. You end up having to play Jenga with your pizzas, or you just have to cook one at a time. But this epic cooking hack has solved that problem once and for all – and it’s so easy.
Instead of trying to fit the round pizzas on the tray, simply cut them in half to create semi-circles. Then, spread them out across the tray like in the picture above. This ensures that every pizza is cooked evenly and that both of your pizzas will be cooked and ready in the same amount of time.
Use a Bottle to Press Your Homemade Ravioli
If you love making food from scratch, you might think that you need all kinds of equipment to ensure that you make these foods properly. However, you really don’t need to. A lot of the time you can find DIY options at home, and this is especially true if you want to make your own ravioli. You certainly don’t need to buy a ravioli press, that’s for sure.
Instead of shelling out on an expensive press for your pasta night adventures, simply find a bottle of wine and use the bottom of it instead. It’s best to find a bottle that has ridges so you can seal the edges of the pasta properly, while also adding a little flair to its appearance. Plus, it gives you an excuse to drink the wine, too.
Freeze Your Garlic Like Ice Cubes
We’re going to assume that you have a whole stock of ice cubes in your freezer. After all, you never know when you’re going to need them – so it’s always good to have them on hand for when you have an impromptu margarita after work. So, why not make sure you have the same when it comes to garlic? Especially if you use it in almost every dish you make.
Instead of mincing up garlic every single day, prepare your garlic ahead of time to prevent waste. Mince a whole lot at once, and then freeze it in ice cube freezer bags. This will allow you to have fresh garlic every time you need it, and you’ll have the perfect amount ready and waiting for you.
Transform Your Wrap Using This Wrap Hack
Wraps and burritos make the perfect meal. You can fill them with sausage and egg for a breakfast wrap, or you can eat them for lunch or dinner. The scope for this meal is endless, but you may often find that you struggle to fit in as many ingredients as you like. That’s where this wrap hack comes in.
The best way to ensure a filled and delicious wrap is to work in sections. Split the wrap into four sections and fill them with the ingredients of your choice. Then, cut the wrap halfway down the middle before folding the four corners in on themselves. By doing this, all of your fillings will mix, and they won’t fall out the bottom.
Use Ice Cream Cones to Up Your S’mores Game
If you have ever tried to make s’mores, you’ll know that it can be a messy business. When you sandwich chocolate and marshmallow between two open-ended graham crackers, you end up with gooey deliciousness all down your hands rather than in your mouth. But you can stop that from happening if you simply swap the graham crackers with something else.
Yes, all you have to do is swap your graham crackers with an ice cream cone, and you’ll up your s’mores game for good. The ice cream cones have a similar taste and texture to the crackers, and they’ll ensure that the chocolate and the marshmalllow stay where they need to be. Plus, you can simply wrap the cones up in foil, place them on the grill, and let them do their thing.
Use a Waffle Maker to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese is something everyone knows how to make. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s absolutely delicious – but how many of you make your grilled cheese in a pan? While there’s nothing wrong with this, there’s a hack that will make your grilled cheese experience even more incredible. And it involves a waffle maker.
Not only is it quicker to make grilled cheese in a waffle iron, but it also takes away some of the grease while also giving it a different texture. And it’s these little pockets from the waffle iron that will make it the perfect companion to your tomato soup. After all, every time you dip you’ll find the soup makes its way into the little waffle pockets.
Use a Spoon to Anchor Your Strainer
Strainers are a staple in any kitchen, whether you use them to strain your rice, pasta, or even your jams. However, strainers are often quite small in comparison to the bowls that you have underneath them, and one small knock will see the strainer falling into the bowl – and nobody wants that.
One of the easiest ways to ensure that your strainer doesn’t move when you don’t want it to is to simply anchor it. You don’t need any fancy equipment to do that, and you don’t even need anything too heavy. A spoon is all you need, as you can slot this into the small handle and keep it in place while you strain your food.
Use Dental Floss to Perfectly Cut Your Food
Whether you want to cut a cake, a strudel, or even some soft cheese, cutting these food items with a knife can often be more trouble than they’re worth. Because they are soft and often flaky, the knife pushes the food down, distorts the shape, and even pushes out the filling. One way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to use dental floss.
Dental floss will cut through your food with ease, and leave you with perfect portions that are ready to eat. It’s important to note that you should use flavorless dental floss for this food hack, though. The last thing you want is for your apple strudel to come with a hint of mint.
Use an Onion to Stop Your Avocado Going Bad
Avocados have become hugely popular over the past few years, and it’s not hard to understand why. Not only can they be smashed up to become guacamole, but they can also be sliced onto your toast or even blended into your smoothies. However, if you find that you can only eat half an avocado at once, the other half often goes bad before you get the chance to finish it.
Thankfully, there’s an easy hack to stop the avocado browning, and all you need to help you is a little bit of onion. If you store these two in a container together (while making sure that they don’t touch so you avoid taste transfer), the vapors from the onion will actually keep the avocado fresher for much longer.
Use a Pancake Batter Dispenser for Your Cupcakes
While it’s always extremely fun to eat cupcakes, making them can be pretty messy. The flour puffs into the air, slimy eggs go all over your kitchen counters, and the mix goes everywhere when you try and spoon it into the cupcake casings. But what if we told you that you could ditch the spoon in favor of something much cleaner and more efficient?
If you have a pancake batter dispenser simply taking up space in your kitchen cabinets, you might as well make use of it by filling it with cupcake mix and pumping it into the casings. This allows you to put an even amount of mix into each cupcake case, and it means that there’s less clean-up to do when you’ve finally put cupcakes into the oven.
Filter Cooking Oil to Use It Again and Again
Do you hate throwing away used cooking oil? We really don’t blame you. Not only does it seem like such a waste, but it’s also bad for the environment. And while the world has gotten used to simply throwing away oil after it’s been used, you might be happy to know that it’s super easy to use it time and time again instead of ditching it.
Of course, re-using old oil does come with its problems – especially if there are little bits of food in it. To ensure that you have a food-free oil to use when you next cook, simply filter your oil through some kitchen paper. It’s even easier if you have a spare mason jar to hand, as you can simply place the paper in-between the jar and the lid and pour the oil through the top.
Make the Perfect Egg Using a Mason Jar Lid
Although you could splash the cash on expensive egg cookers, we’re here to tell you that you really don’t need to – you can save that money for a vacation instead. If you love an egg muffin in the morning, you can make your own McDonald’s style egg at home yourself, and the only equipment you need is a pan and the lid of an old mason jar.
Yes, if you place the lid of your mason jar in the pan and then crack your egg into it, the egg will cook in a perfect circle shape, ready to be placed on top of your muffin. It really is as simple as that, and doesn’t require any extra work or equipment. So, why not have a few spare mason jars hanging around the kitchen, just in case you get peckish?
Hull Your Strawberries Using a Straw
While fruit is both nutritious and delicious, many fruits do require a lot of preparation. They might need peeling, they might need chopping, and they might even need hulling. Strawberries are particularly fiddly, as you need to remove the stems from the fruit before you eat – and while you could cut them off, a straw can also come in handy.
To hull your strawberries with ease, simply push a straw through the bottom of the strawberry until it pushes the stem out of the top. This can be done in seconds and ensures a clean and crisp removal. In fact, you could probably hull a whole punnet in less than five minutes, meaning your whole family can enjoy eating the fruit without getting any knives involved.
Toast Your Large Buns Using a Toaster
When making yourself a burger, you may find yourself dealing with some rather large buns. This bread takes up a large portion of the meal, but making sure these buns are toasted to perfection can be hard when they are so big. Some people grill them because they don’t fit in the toaster – but they obviously don’t know this hack.
While these buns certainly won’t fit inside of a toaster, that doesn’t mean that you can’t toast them at all using this device. All you have to do is put the toaster on and balance the two buns on top of the heat. This will still ensure that they get warm and toasted, but they definitely won’t get burnt – which is always a bonus.
Chill Your Wine Using Frozen Grapes
If you like a chilled glass of wine but your partner prefers it to be room temperature, you can find yourself in somewhat of a lovers’ squabble when trying to decide whether to keep it in the refrigerator or not. In the end, you keep it at room temperature and simply add some ice cubes to your glass… but this just waters-down the wine and changes the taste, right?
Thankfully, there’s a super easy way to chill your wine without watering it down, and it involves the main ingredient of this drink. All you have to do is stash some grapes in the freezer and pop a few in your wine glass when you pour it. The grapes will keep the wine cool without altering the taste.
Wrap Your Burger Toppings in a Lettuce Leaf
Anyone who has ever eaten a burger will know that it can be a messy process. As soon as you bite into one side of the burger, you have to watch as the ingredients on the other side fall out. You’re left with just a burger bun and a whole load of toppings on the plate – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you wrap a piece of lettuce around one side of your burger and the toppings inside, you should be able to stop the toppings from falling out. The lettuce will serve as a barrier, and stop anything from moving where it shouldn’t This means that you get to eat everything all at once, just like how a burger was intended.
Turn Your Broccoli Stems Into Spaghetti
Whether you’re a cooking novice or a kitchen wizard, there’s a high chance that you hate wasting food. And when it comes to fruits and vegetables, it often seems like you waste so much. You throw away the leaves, you chop off the ends, and you ditch the stems. But what if we told you that you could actually use your broccoli stems to make spaghetti?
Next time you have broccoli, save the stems and run them through a spiralizer instead of throwing them out. They’ll instantly become noodles that you can have as an alternative or even alongside your spaghetti. Not only do they taste delicious, but they’re also super nutritious and less wasteful than simply tossing them in the trash.
Use a Tea Infuser for Your Herbs and Spices
If you’re someone who cooks a lot of food from scratch, you probably use a lot of herbs and spices. And while you can put a lot of herbs and spices straight into your food, there are some that you need to remove before you eat them – like bay leaves. If you only have small pieces of bay leaf left in the jar, then you might want to utilize your tea infuser.
Using a tea infuser will allow you to use up all of the broken bits of bay leaf at the bottom of the jar, allowing you to enjoy the taste that they provide, while also allowing you to remove them when the time comes to eat the dish. You don’t just have to use the infuser for bay leaves, though. You can do this with any herb or spice you choose.
Turn a Bottle Into a Rolling Pin
Whether you’re someone who likes to make pizzas, croissants, pies, or anything else that requires the rolling out of pastry, you’ll know that you need something to do the rolling. And while you could shell out on a rolling pin, why do that when you could use something that you have in your house for free?
If you have a wine bottle or any kind of glass bottle lying around the house, you can use that instead of a rolling pin – and it does the job perfectly. This is especially beneficial if you have to try and keep the pastry cold, as you could grab the bottle of vodka from your refrigerator and use that to not only roll it out but also to stop the butter from melting.
Use a Syringe to Fill Your Cupcakes
The only thing better than a normal cupcake is a cupcake that’s filled with jam, cream, or caramel. If you’re someone who makes these on a regular basis, you may have found yourself buying plastic piping bags to get the filling into the cake – but you don’t need to use a piping bag. You can just use a syringe.
Of course, you don’t need a syringe with a needle, as a needle-less medicine syringe will do. Not only will this be more precise, but it will also be much cleaner than using a piping bag, and the syringe can simply be washed out and re-used time and time again. Just head down to your local pharmacy and grab one.
Grind Pepper Fast Using a Handheld Drill
If you’ve ever come across a recipe that requires a huge amount of ground pepper – or even if you just love pepper – you’ll know that it can take a while to grind it by hand. You have to twist the grinder again and again to ensure that you have enough. But if you want to do it quickly, all you have to do is head to your garage and grab your drill.
By attaching the drill to the pepper grinder, you can simply press a button and have as much pepper as you could possibly need. Of course, you need to be super careful when you do this, and ensure that you are following all the precautions necessary. Either that, or you continue to simply grind your pepper by hand.
Use Lemons to Stop Your Fish From Burning
There’s nothing quite like cooking fish on a grill. The open flame gives the dish a much richer and smokier flavor, and it’s something that can’t be replicated in a conventional fan oven. However, cooking fish on a grill does pose a very big problem – and it often results in burnt fish that tastes more like charcoal.
Thankfully, you don’t have to give up on your grill adventures. By placing lemon on the grill, and then laying the fish on top of it, you can still achieve this smoky flavor while also creating a barrier between the fish and the flame. Plus, the lemon will add an extra flavor that enhances the overall fish taste.