When it comes to food, a little trick and hack here and there never hurts! From stopping water from boiling over a pot to a mess-free way of eating s'mores and cupcakes, there are various ways to improve the joys of eating and cooking.
It sounds so crazy that it just might work...
A Waffle Iron To Make A Soup-Friendly Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese and tomato soup go together like PB&J. Instead of soaking the sandwich in the soup, potentially making it a bit soggy, try this hack out.
Make the grilled cheese in a waffle iron. This will create pockets in the bread and will ultimately work as little "bowls" for extra soup!
Use Cake Mix To Make Quick And Easy Cookies
So long are the days of making cookies from scratch. One trick to making quick, easy, and delicious cookies is simple -- use pre-made cake mix!
By adding two eggs and half a cup of oil to the cake mix, the world opens up to delicious treats such as Funfetti or red velvet cookies.
Cut Two Pizzas In Half And They'll Fit On The Same Pan
When heating up frozen pizzas, a lot of people might grab two baking pans. It's a common misconception that only one pizza can fit on one pan. However, with a bit of geometry, it is possible to fit two pizzas on a single pan, decreasing cleanup and dirty dishes.
All a person has to do is cut both pizzas in half, facing the flat sides snug against the edges of the pan.
Peel Back An Avocado Stem To See If It's Ripe
Avocados are one of those fruits that are difficult to assess whether or not it is ripe enough to eat. Instead of pressing into the fruit's flesh and potentially bruising it, pop the tiny stem cap off instead.
If the avocado is green, it is ready to eat. If the color is browner, it is likely the avocado is overripe.
Mess-Free Cone S'mores
It's no secret that s'mores around a campfire can get messy with all the melting chocolate and gooey marshmallows. For a mess-free snack, people should try this hack out for size.
Step one: ditch the graham cracker and grab some ice cream cones instead. Step two: pack the cone with chocolate and marshmallows. Step three: wrap in tin foil and stick over the fire. Step four: enjoy a mess-free s'more!
Say Goodbye To Watered-Down Coffee With Frozen Coffee Cubes
Some coffee drinkers live and die by their morning iced coffee. Sadly, when the ice begins to melt in the caffeinated beverage, it gets watered down.
Instead of dealing with the half-water-half-coffee drink, freeze coffee and make coffee ice cubes. Even when the coffee cubes melt, it won't give the drink a water-down taste.
Create Cookie Dough Bowls On Upside Down Muffin Tins
Cookie dough bowls are a great way to have a dish-free dessert. But how do people go about making them? Instead of molding using nothing more than their hands, people should use this little kitchen trick.
Grab a muffin tin and flip it upside down, molding the dough on the bottom part of the tin. Stick the tin in the oven, resulting in a delicious and edible cookie dough bowl.
A Cupcake Sandwich
Weirdly enough, eating a cupcake can be a messy business. Icing tends to get all over the place and even has the pesky habit of falling off the cake once it's bitten into.
A way to bypass the mess is to tear off the bottom portion of the cupcake and place it on top, making a delicious cupcake sandwich!
A Wooden Spoon to Stop Water From Boiling Over
One of the oldest tricks in the book is also one of the simplest. Instead of listening to the stovetop sizzle each time water boils over a hot pot, place a wooden spoon over it.
The cool temperature of the spoon makes the boiling water bubbles burst, stopping them in their tracks before falling over the edge.
Forgot A Condiment Holder? Flip That Fry Box Flap!
Is there anything worst than getting into the car with a hot box of French fries and ketchup packets only to realize there is no condiment holder?
Have no fear; the fry box is here to help! All a person has to do is fold the high "scoop" portion of the box over, making a perfect plate to place ketchup.
For Extra Storage Space, "Roll" Ground Meat Before Freezing
While freezing meat is a great way to keep things fresh, it can also take up a lot of room in the freezer, thanks to its bulky nature. A great way to increase storage space is simple -- flatten the meat!
Stick the ground meat in a freezer-safe ziplock bag. Then, use a rolling pin the flatter the meat. This little trick will open up a lot more freezer space.
Soft Cookies: An Airtight Container And A Slice Of Bread
After baking delicious cookies, no one wants them to go stale within a day. To bypass that heartache, this handy hack is a great way to ensure soft and chewy cookies.
Place the cookies in an airtight container and place a slice of white bread on top. The cookies will soak up the moisture from the bread, helping them stay fresh longer.
Weave Bacon For The Ultimate BLT
For BLT sandwich lovers, this hack will have it so the bacon will no longer fall out the sides!
Instead of lying strips of bacon down, think about weaving the meat together before cooking it. This way, the woven bacon will be about the same size as the bread and won't fall out of the sides in an annoying fashion.
Use Tongs To Get ALL The Lemon Juice Out
Squeezing lemons and limes can be difficult, especially if they aren't fully ripe. Instead of using a whole lot of hand strength to try and get the last bit of juice out of the fruit, try this trick instead.
Place the lemon or lime between kitchen tongs, using the arms of the utensil to squeeze the juice out!
Homemade Corndogs Have Never Been Easier
Corndogs are a great summer treat. However, making the delicious snack can be a bit of a hassle, not to mention messy.
A nice hack to making mess-free corndogs is simple. Make cornbread muffins, per the instructions on the box, place the mix in a muffin tin, and then place small chunks of hotdog in the batter! Cook for 15 minutes, and they're complete.
A Melon Baller To Core Apples
Coring an apple of the hard stem and seeds is no easy task. This tiny part of the apple is tricky to get rid of, especially when using a large knife.
Instead of accidentally knicking a finger with a knife, think about using a melon baller instead. The small utensil's sharp edges will pop the core right out in no time.
Dental Floss Makes Cutting Cakes A Breeze
Amazingly, a knife isn't the easiest way to cut a cake. For precise lines and even slices, a great trick is to use dental floss.
For a layered cake, simply place the floss around the middle of the cake, tugging each end of the floss in opposite directions. The cake will come away with perfectly even parts. Note: make sure it is unscented floss and not mint!
Use An Empty Nutella Jar As An Ice Cream Bowl
Sadly, there is no way to get all of the Nutella out of the jar. Some of it sticks to the sides! Thankfully, there is a way to get those last bits of chocolate goodness.
Don't throw the empty jar away. Instead, reuse it as an ice cream bowl! This way, the ice cream will grab the rest of the Nutella.
A Thin Layer Of Dish Soap On The Bottom Of Camping Pots
For anyone who has cooked over a campfire, they'll probably notice their pots and pans coming away looking tarnished and burnt on the bottom.
By applying a thin layer of dish soap to the bottom of the pot or pan, that "old look" will become a thing of the past. After cooking, wipe away the soap away.
Unfold Condiment Cups For A Bit More Space
The next time a person finds themselves in a fast-food restaurant, they don't have to worry about a too-small condiment container.
By taking the tiny container and flipping the sides back, a bigger bowl is formed, allowing for more ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, or any condiment that seems worthy of a French fry dip!