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20 Killer Cooking Hacks That’ll Make You Look Like A Total Pro

20 Killer Cooking Hacks That’ll Make You Look Like A Total Pro
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Your time in the kitchen doesn’t have to be tedious. Enjoy cooking again with some of these creative hacks that put a little spice into your dishes and pantry.

1. Muffin Tin Magic

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    Pre-scoop frozen desserts into a muffin tin before you serve your meal and stick it back in the freezer. When it’s time to serve, your guests won’t have to wait.

    2. Or Slice Your Ice Cream

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      Dip the container in warm water for 30 seconds, pop the whole ice cream “loaf” onto a plate and then slice it with a warm knife.

      3. Wooden Spoons

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        Prevent water or other items from boiling over by resting a wooden spoon across the top — or at the edge.

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        4. Freeze Scraps

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          Wine, stock, herbs – in ice cube trays. This gives you neat little hunks of goodness you can throw into future meals.

          5. Clothespins

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            Keeps bags tight – and food fresh.

            6. Spoon Rest

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              Place the end of a wooden spoon into the hole of a pot handle, keeping it up and out of the way and keeping drips on the stove or counter to a minimum.

              7. Frozen Fruit Ice Cubes

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                Freeze berries, grapes and chunks of melon whole (make melon pieces into cool shapes if you’re feeling Martha Stewarty) and place them in punch, kiddie cocktails, champagne or white wine coolers.

                8. Taco Bowls

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                  Turn a muffin tin upside down and spray it with a little vegetable oil if it’s not non-stick. Place tortillas in the crevices and create your own taco shell bowls. Bake at 350 until the shells are hard.

                  9. Bread in Sugar

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                    Place a piece of bread in your brown sugar container to keep the sugar from forming lumps.

                    10. Pastry Bag

                    Need a pastry bag to frost those cupcakes or write someone’s name on a birthday cake? Don’t despair. Load your frosting into a storage bag – Ziplock or plain – twist it down tight and then cut the corner off. Cut off as much or as little of the corner as you need for your “tip.” A small amount off the corner makes a great writing tip while a larger amount gives you a thick tube of frosting.

                    11. Funnel

                    Need to fill a jar? Cut the corner off an envelope or roll a piece of paper into a cone.

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                    12. A Little Water

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                      Tired of wasting guacamole when you’re done with it because it turns brown? You can save the guac! Just pour enough water on top of it to cover it and the water will prevent the guacamole from reacting with the oxygen. When you want to eat it again, just pour off the water. Voila!

                      13. Need mayo?

                      One large egg in a cup of oil in the blender makes mayo. Yeah. It’s that easy.

                      14. Bundt Pan Magic

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                        Place an ear of corn in the hole of a bundt pan and slice off the corn. The pan catches the kernels. Who knew?

                        15. Freeze Cool Whip

                        Then pop it out and cut it with cookie cutters for a fun addition to a hot beverage like cocoa.

                        16. Grill the Fish

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                          Save that lovely piece of salmon from a grill-induced death by placing the fish on a bed of sliced lemons. The lemons infuse the fish with flavor and keep it from sticking.

                          17. Boil Water

                          Boil water for clear ice cubes. Cold water makes cloudy cubes. Yes. True.

                          18. Coffee Filters

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                            Invert a coffee filter over your glass, poke a straw through the top and keep the bugs at bay on a hot summer day. Does not prevent spilling, I’m afraid.

                            19. Ice Pack Sponges

                            Soak a sponge. Place it in a Ziplock bag. Freeze it. Place it in your lunch cooler.

                            20. Ice Cream in the Bag

                            Place your container of ice cream into a Ziplock bag before putting it in the freezer. Keeps it scoopably soft.

                            21. Cut Cherry Tomatoes or Grapes Easily

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                              Simply place your cherry tomatoes or grapes (especially for little kids) between two large lids or plates and run the knife through them horizontally. Take the time to arrange them so you don’t end up smooshing them too badly.

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                              Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                              100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                              100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                              Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                              By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                              Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                              83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                84 write random letter

                                  85 use a rubberband

                                    86 dorm smell bad

                                      87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                        89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                          90 take a picture of the name card

                                            91 iron inside out

                                              92 old newspaper

                                                93 tumble try shoes

                                                  keep a card like this

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                                                      94 soap bar

                                                        95 make a hole

                                                          96 drop the battery

                                                            97 use a coozie

                                                              98 when taking a picture

                                                                use a clean dust pan

                                                                  try a pants hanger

                                                                    use your cellphone light

                                                                      use a spring from an old pen

                                                                        quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                          user binder clips

                                                                            wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                              put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                  use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                    doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                      use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                        use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                          freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                            use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                              almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                  unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                    cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                      remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                        turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                          for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                            how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                              tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                  ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                    use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                      take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                        how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                          put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                            How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                              user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                  turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                    50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                      the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                        add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                            hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                              stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                  how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                    the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                      use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                        to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                          user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                            a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                              rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                                    51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                      52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                        rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                          kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                            use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                  60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                    hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                      Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                        hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                          use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                            if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                              keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                  drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                      use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                        do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                          when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                            dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                              put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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