20 Life Changing Food Hacks Anyone Can Do
Life can be hard sometimes and if you happen to experience some level of hardships in your life, you just want to go outside and shout. Don’t fret because there are lifehacks that you can apply everyday in order to make things easier. One fine example is preparing food. When we go out or dine in some fancy restaurant, we always wonder how foods are prepared so fast, and still taste delicious and look so attractive. The food business has surely formulated many food hacks to make their job easier when preparing, cooking and serving food. Now you can do the same hacks at home. Don’t make your life hard, especially with food. Let’s begin!
1. Cut Ice Cream With A Knife
Scooping out ice cream is a good way to serving this favourite dessert, however, there is another effective way of serving ice cream straight from the container. Dip the still closed ice cream tub into a sink of hot water for about 30 seconds. Remove the lid and invert the container onto a plate or a cutting board. Slice the ice cream into small portions with a hot or wet knife on a plate or into a bowl.
2. Herbs and Olive Oil Cubes
This will save you time when cooking something that requires olive oil and seasoning. Just chop up a bunch of different herbs like oregano, rosemary, thyme and basil and place the herbs in an ice cube tray and top them up with your choice of good quality olive oil. Put them in the freezer. The herbs will be infused into the oil while it freezes and it will come in very handy whenever you’re frying some delicious meat.
3. The Best Hard Boiled Egg
Hard boiled eggs have always been a classic. It’s nutritious, easy to prepare and a good snack on the go. Put the eggs under lukewarm water before heating instead of adding eggs immediately into the pot of boiling water. As soon as the water boils, turn off the heat and let the eggs continue to cook in the hot water. How long you cook them will depend on you if you want to go for soft boiled or hard boiled eggs.
4. Cutting Cake Perfectly
To cut the cake without ruining it, run your knife under hot water or dip it in a glass of hot water. Dry it off with a clean towel and then cut the cake. To prevent from wasting hot water, just use a glass with hot water and dip the knife again to re-heat it. This works pretty well specifically for thick and rich cakes.
5. Heart-shaped Eggs
Blow your kids mind by making a heart-shaped egg. Just cut a milk carton and then fold it in half. Peel the warm egg and place it in the milk carton and then tie a chopstick on the centre of the egg, tying the chopstick with a rubberband on both ends. Leave it for 10 minutes and remove the chopstick. Cut the egg and show the heart-shaped egg and yolk to your kids. You can put this in their ramen or any dish that requires hardboiled eggs.
6. Golden Eggs
Take a raw egg, and place it inside a tube sock if possible. Spin the sock with the egg as hard as you can. Just be sure that nothing will hit your egg in the sock. After 10 minutes and there is no moving sound inside the egg, the yolk has already broke and has been shaken up. Boil the egg as usual. After cooking, place the egg in ice cold water for a couple of minutes to make the shell easier to break and peel off. After that you will see yellow all throughout. This is best when you want to impress your kids.
7. Slicing Cherry Tomatoes
Slicing cherry tomatoes is easy, but it takes time if you do it one by one. You can slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes by using two lids on the top and bottom. Hold the lids firmly and then slice through.
8. Unwrapping Hershey’s Kiss Chocolate
Unwrapping a Kiss chocolate is pretty easy, but there is a much faster way of doing it without having chocolate right under your fingernails. Just grab a Hershey’s chocolate with your index finger and thumb and then pull on the paper plume to yank the chocolate straight out of the wrapper. Originally the paper plume was designed and developed to differentiate Hersehey’s Kisses from other imitation chocolates, but it has a more useful purpose!
9. Opening Jars
There are products that feature a rubber strap and a holder that helps in opening tight jar lids. It works many times, but not all the time. If you’re having a hard time opening jar lids and want to make sure that it works all the time, use a regular bottle/can opener. Place the opener just like you’re placing it when opening a beer. Lift the lid slowly until you hear a “pop” and unscrew normally. After you’re done, just screw the lid back to the bottle container.
10. Keeping Your Ice Cream Soft Using Ziploc
If you want your ice cream soft but still hold its “shape” transfer your ice cream from the tumbler container to a Ziploc. You will never have bent spoon again when serving ice cream.
11. Keeping Asparagus Fresh
To make your asparagus fresh and last for 2 weeks, this is what you need to do. Cut to about an inch off the tough ends of the asparagus and then place the asparagus in a quart-sized jar and fill it with 2 inches of water. Place a plastic bag loosely over the asparagus without touching the asparagus. Pull and then twist the bottom of the bag. Tuck it under itself to keep it sealed. Place into the refrigerator until you need it. Wash whenever you’re ready to use it.
12. Keep Brown Sugar From Getting Hard
You can keep your brown sugar from getting hard by placing a piece of bread in the sugar container.
13. No Fuss PB&J
To prevent your jelly from oozing out of the sides of your bread when you make peanut butter and jelly, place jelly in the centre of one piece of bread. Surround it with peanut butter. On the other piece of bread surround the sides with peanut butter, leaving a space in the centre of the bread for the jelly on the other bread.
14. Shaping Food With Cookie Cutters
You can shape mini pancakes and fried eggs using cookie cutters with different shapes. This is not only fun, but will also amaze your kids into eating foods with fun shapes.
15. Peeling Eggs In A Jiffy
To make peeling eggs more easier, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. After boiling, let the egg cool for a bit and peel it in a bowl of water to have that clean hardboiled egg finish.
16. No Mess Pancakes
Save yourself from the pancake mess by using old plastic ketchup containers as pancake dispensers. Not only it can save the extra pancake batter but it can also save space in your refrigerator.
17. Freeze Broth Using Ice Cube Trays
You don’t want to waste leftover broth right? If you have a spare ice tray, just pour the leftover broth in it and store them in the freezer. 2 ice cubes are about ¼ cup of broth and will always be ready whenever you need them. Just don’t forget that its broth and not the plain ice that you need on your scotch.
18. Preparing Mandarin Or Oranges The Right Way
Cut both ends of the mandarin or orange, but do not cut too much to avoid cutting the fruity flesh inside. Cut a slit in the middle of the fruit and then roll out the mandarin or the orange into a strip.
19. No Drip Popsicle Stick
Before serving your popsicle. Insert a cupcake paper or a foil liner to prevent drips and to prevent the hands from getting sticky.
20. Use Frozen Grapes To Chill Wine
Freezing grapes are a good way of chilling your wine without watering it down. Just choose your grape of choice, freeze it and just put in your glass of wine before serving it. After finishing the wine you can eat the grapes too.
These simple food hacks are here to make our life simpler and to enjoy one of the best experience in life, and that is eating.
Originally published at xenlife.com.au on January 4, 2016.