These ingenious cooking hacks will make your time in the kitchen more fun! Before you know it, you’ll be cooking like an amazing master chef!
Creative Cooking Hacks To Make Your Life Easier
More and more people today are finding new creative solutions to age-old cooking problems. As a foodie and a mom who’s always busy, I couldn’t be happier! Cooking hacks are solving problems tear-jerker onions and making homemade bread. This means more time well-spent in the kitchen! No more wasted time trying to peel off hard-boiled eggs or slicing cherry tomatoes one at a time. Learn these cooking hacks today and make your next dish with the confidence of a pro.
1. Peeling Ginger
When peeling your ginger, ditch your knife! A spoon gives you a more even and smoother ginger. Use the knife only to cut off the uneven nubs. Finish peeling your ginger by scraping the tip of your spoon against the ginger skin.
2. Grating Cheese
Do you have soft cheese that creates a mess when grated? Let these cooking hacks help you out. Freeze your cheese first for a while before grating it. Simple!
3. Slicing Cherry Tomatoes
Slice all you cherry tomatoes at once. Lay them all out on a plate together. Press a lid that on top of all the cherry tomatoes and slice horizontally. Genius!
4. No-Tears Onions
Cooking hacks have a lot of different ways for preventing tears when chopping onions. I prefer this one. For tear-free onion chopping, place your onions in the freezer for 15 minutes before dicing. This will reduce the tear-inducing compounds found in onions.
5. Broken Egg Shells
If you’ve never experienced having broken egg shells in your batter, then consider yourself lucky. The next time this happens to you, wet your fingers before attempting to pick those shells out.
6. Waffle Iron Hash Browns
If you’re craving for diner-style hash browns, make them in a waffle iron. A waffle iron is a great “hack tool” to have in the kitchen as it doubles as a sandwich press and can even make perfect cinnamon rolls and roasted chicken!
7. Perfect BLT
One of the best cooking hacks I’ve ever seen! Make the perfect BLT with this crisscross bacon hack! To ensure you get crispy bacon in every single bite, crisscross your bacon like so (see above).
8. Homemade Hard Shell Tacos
These tacos are a bit wider than traditional hard shell tacos. But you’ll find that these tacos are able to hold more filling and stand upright on their own! Homemade is always better than store-bought.
9. Brown Sugar Softener
Keep your brown sugar from clumping by putting marshmallows in the bag! Cooking hacks just keep getting better. If you don’t want to put marshmallows in the bag, you can also place apple slices or a wet paper towel to retain your brown sugar’s moisture.
10. Non-stick Fish
If you’re looking for cooking hacks for fish, take note of this one. Grilling your fish on a bed of lemons will not only infuse a fresh citrus flavor into your fish, but will also keep it from sticking to the grill.
11. Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
There are many cooking hacks for eggs, but this one simply takes the cake. For perfect hard boiled eggs, place a tack into your egg before boiling. This will ensure even cooking and will make cracking your egg shells a breeze.
12. Fresh Egg Test
Another one of the best cooking hacks for eggs! If you want to see how fresh your eggs are, try the water test. If your egg is fresh it will sink to the bottom of a bowl or cup filled with water. A week old egg will be at the bottom with the pointy end on top and a 3-week old egg will be balanced with the more rounded end sticking up.
13. Forever Soft Ice Cream
Keep your ice cream soft by placing it in a Ziploc bag and then putting it in the freezer. Who needs soft serve when you’ve got these cooking hacks!
14. Rubber Dishwashing Gloves
Rubber gloves aren’t just for dishwashing anymore. They’re also great for opening stubborn jar lids kinds of covers. Looks like the days of banging our jars against the counter are over, thanks to these cooking hacks!
15. Perfectly Shredded Chicken
Get perfectly shredded chicken every time by tossing cooked chicken breasts into a mixing bowl, and then shredding the chicken with the paddle attachment of your mixer. Mix on low for 5 minutes.
16. Vegan Whipped Cream
We have cooking hacks for your health needs, too! For easy vegan whipped cream, refrigerate coconut cream overnight and whip it the next day.
17. Frozen Grapes For Chilled Wine
To chill your wine, don’t use ice cubes! They’ll only dilute your wine and make it taste less exquisite. Try chilling your wine with frozen grapes instead.
18. Perfect Cheese Plate
Cooking hacks for a fancy dinner? You got it. Nothing goes better with wine than cheese—an entire platter of it! Refer to the image above to construct a perfectly balanced cheese plate.
19. Wine Flavor Profile Cheat Sheet
What use are your cooking hacks if you can’t pair your meals with the perfect bottle of wine, right? For those who find wine as confusing as rocket science, here’s an easy guide for you.
Cooking hacks cover all kinds of culinary needs—from prepping your ingredients to serving your desserts! Cut mangoes the right way by referring to the video above.
21. Crockpot French Toast
Yes, these cooking hacks make it possible for you to make French toast using a Crock-Pot! Simply make the mixture in a separate bowl and pour it over the slices of bread on the Crock-Pot. Let this wonderful kitchen appliance take care of the rest.
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22. Slow Cooker Bread
Artisan bread is an achievement that takes years of baking experience. For those who don’t plan on becoming master bakers anytime soon, all you need is a Crock-Pot, this recipe, and these cooking hacks. Make the dough according to instruction. Place it in the slow-cooker and cook on high for 45 minutes.
23. Longer Lasting Bananas
Keep your bananas fresh for a longer period of time by separating them and then wrapping each of the crowns with plastic wrap. This will keep them ripe for another 3 days.
24. Crisp Lettuce & Veggies
To keep them crisp and fresh for a longer period of time, wrap your lettuce and veggies in paper towels and put them in a bag. Make sure there are no bad leaves before you do this. Probably the most simple tip among these cooking hacks!
25. Egg Substitutes
Not into eggs? These cooking hacks will take care of that. Use the guide above to find suitable substitutions for eggs in baked goods and dishes.
26. Vegan Soda Cake
You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy this wild and tasty soda cake invention. This hack only requires two ingredients and a raging sweet tooth. What did I tell you? No recipe is too difficult or too much with these cooking hacks.
27. Baking Soda As Fire Extinguisher
Cooking hacks also cover kitchen accidents. If a small fire starts while you’re cooking, use baking soda as an extinguisher. Baking soda releases carbon dioxide, which will stifle the fire.
28. Iced Coffee Cubes
Let these cooking hacks take care of your beverage needs as well. Cool your coffee down without diluting it by turning them into coffee cubes! We recommend trying this hack with specialty coffee.
29. Reheating Pizza & Baked Goods
There are busy nights when we need cooking hacks to make dinner from leftovers. To reheat pizza or other baked goods, place a cup of water in the microwave with them in order to retain moisture and avoid dry, stale food.
30. Instantly Soft Butter
Soften butter instantly by grating it with a cheese grater or flattening it with a rolling pin. If you’re opting for the rolling pin method, be sure to put your butter in a plastic bag first.
If you think you’ve seen all the cooking hacks for eggs, think again. Watch this video from HouseholdHacker for more:
Did you enjoy these cooking hacks as much as I did? I can’t imagine my life without them! They have made being a foodie, mom, and cook so much better! I always feel like there’s no recipe I can’t master with these cooking hacks. If you have the patience, I’m sure you’ll get the hang of these hacks in no time. Try one today!
Want more tips and tricks for cooking? Try these 11 Easy Cooking Tips To Make You A Pro! Do you have any other cooking hacks up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments section!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in July 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.