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12 food hacks that will make your time in the kitchen much easier
There's no reason not to make things a bit easier for yourself while you're cooking.
Jessica
08.02.21

Whether you love or hate your time in the kitchen, there’s no reason to make it more difficult than it needs to be.

That’s why we’ve found 12 useful cooking hacks that will save you time, money, and frustration.

From clever ways to get kitchen items to work best for you to clever substitutions, here’s how to make the most out of your cooking hours:

1. Use cocoa powder as dusting flour

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Flickr - sylvar

Are you making chocolate-flavored dough or batter? Instead of using dusting flour, use cocoa powder instead.

2. The greasy spoon trick

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Grease your spoon or measuring cup with oil. This way, the liquid mix won’t stick to the spoon and there will be less mess.

3. Always wash rice before cooking

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Wash your rice before cooking. This removes the surface starch content and helps you make the perfect rice.

4. Crumpled baking paper

Hate the way baking paper curls up when you place it on a baking tray? Crumple it and then smooth it out so it doesn’t curl up on the tray anymore.

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5. Yummy crispy fries

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Flickr - MicheleColletteFrazier

Want to make your fries crispy? Soak your potatoes in ice-cold water first.

6. Olive oil and its low heating point

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Flickr - Geoff Peters

Never use olive oil to sear or stir fry food. Olive oil has a low heating point and will burn when under heat for too long. Just use coconut, avocado, or canola oil.

7. Stale cereal?

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Flickr - tmray

Did you accidentally leave the cereal box open for days? And now it’s gone stale? What to do? Place it in the oven! It’ll be good and crispy after a few minutes.

8. Add garlic last

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Flickr - Tristan Schmurr

When cooking with onion, garlic, ginger, and similar produce, always cook the garlic last. Garlic can burn easily, and that doesn’t taste good!

9. Keep lettuce fresh

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Instagram - @fitysana

If you bought the lettuce with the stem still intact, submerge it in a container or glass of water. Cover the rest with a plastic bag. This will keep the lettuce for longer.

10. Homemade sprinkles

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Instagram - Chocolates Valor

Does your recipe call for chocolate sprinkles but you don’t have any? Just get any chocolate bar and use a grater to make “sprinkles.”

11. Butter up

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Need an onion but don’t need all of it? Here’s how to make it last longer in the fridge. Spread butter on the cut side of the onion before putting it in the fridge.

12. Season last

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When cooking mushrooms, let them brown first before adding any seasoning. Mushrooms carry a lot of water and adding salt will draw out the water and make it soggy. And don’t overcrowd your pan!

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