Have you ever had those days where you just don’t want to do much of anything? Maybe you experience them on the regular, even?
While you might be feeling lazy, that doesn’t mean that you don’t love to cook…you’re just looking for the easiest way to get the job done, right?
Well, look no further! Here we have gathered 15 of our all-time favorite (and laziest) cooking hacks.
1. Cut Butternut squash with ease
If you’ve ever tried slicing through the middle of a raw butternut squash before, then you don’t need us to tell you how ridiculously impossible it is to work with sometimes.
Next time you need to chunk up some of this nutty goodness, do yourself a major favor by poking a few holes through it and bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. You won’t believe how much easier it is to work with.
2. Laziest caramel sauce ever
Sinful sweetness doesn’t get any lazier than this. Rather than whisking away at a pot of butter, milk, and sugar that’s always threatening to boil over, just boil a can or two of sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours. You’ll have some of the richest, creamiest caramel sauce you’ve ever experienced, with almost none of the effort!
3. Lazy doesn’t always mean unhealthy
If you’re in the mood for a sweet snack that also magically fits the “healthy” bill, look no further than your banana and your freezer. That’s right, just toss your bananas in the freezer and when they’re fully frozen, pull them out and either mash them or give them a few pulses in your blender. Throw in a little peanut butter for an added touch flavor and creaminess.
4. Peel garlic in a pinch
Finally, no more dealing with finicky, sticky garlic skins! Just slice off the bottom of the whole bulb and microwave for 1 minute at 550-watt power. Temperature and timing ARE important here, so make sure you’re set at 550w or adjust your timing accordingly.
After you pull them from the microwave, hold over a bowl or plate while you pinch the top skin of the bulb downward and voila! It falls right out and you’re done.
5. Since you’ve probably got one nearby…
Can’t find the rolling pin? No need to dig it out. Just put a cork in that wine bottle nearby and get to rolling!
6. Boxed cakes just got even easier
We know boxed cakes are already pretty darn easy to make, but it still requires several ingredients to get the job done (eggs, oil or butter, and water). Well, why not swap the three out for one?
That’s right, you can ditch out with the required ingredients on the box by swapping it out for a can of soda. Just pick your flavor, pour, and mix! Then, you just bake the cake as instructed on the box. Not only do you save on the other ingredients, but your cake comes out with a delicious hint of flavor. (For chocolate cakes, we suggest cherry cola).
7. Lazy homemade whipped cream
Fresh whipped cream has never been so easy to make and beats the pants off of the store-bought variety. Just take a frozen mason jar and pour in some heavy whipping cream, a little powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
Then, just screw the cap on and shake that sucker until it fluffs up. To make things even easier, throw in one of those spiraled share balls.
8. For lazy people on the go
If you ever find yourself in a hotel feeling too lazy to go out for food, and too broke for room service, keep this hand hack in mind. Tote along a Cup-O’-Noodles with you and just use the coffee-maker to boil the water. Brilliant!
9. The truly easiest way to peel a hard-boiled egg
Ever seen all those different hacks for the perfect way to peel a hard-boiled egg? Well, you can toss those out the window now that you have this hack.
Just take your hard-boiled eggs and drop them in a glass or jar of cold water. Then, simply seal the jar tight and shake it up for a few moments. The shell will fall right off!
10. Slice more than just your eggs
If you’re feeling truly lazy, this will be your hack-of-choice when it comes to slicing up your fruits and veggies. Just take your egg-slicer and use it on anything from strawberries to mushrooms!
11. Everyone needs this hack in their life…
If you’re a lover of cinnamon rolls (and who isn’t?!) then you will be thanking your lucky stars for this hack. Everyone knows that making cinnamon rolls is hard work, unless you’ve got some crescent rolls handy.
Just coat them with cinnamon and sugar, roll em’ up, bake, and top with vanilla cake frosting. Boom! Now that’s a baked bun you can’t beat!
12. Quit crying over your onions
Tired of tearing up every time you cut an onion? Whether you’re crying because of the gas or from the frustration of trying to peel one, this hack will spare you your tears. Just soak them in hot water for a few moments and the peels will slip right off and their odor will be much less pungent.
13. The waffle iron was made for many things
Waffles aren’t the only thing that cook up to perfection in your handy waffle iron. Try making your hashbrown in there, too, the next time you’re feeling lazy. They’ll turn out perfect, crispy, and golden every single time.
14. The perfect egg
If you’re looking to get the perfectly circular egg to fit on your English muffin and to do it without breaking the yolk, and you don’t feel like rummaging around for a mold, look no further than the nearest onion. Just slice a 1/2″ thick chunk of onion, remove the outer ring, and use it as your mold! As a bonus, the onion will impart a delicious hint of flavor to your egg.
15. Shred your chicken with ease
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Shredding chicken is a pretty easy process, but when you’re feeling lazy it’s the last thing in the world you want to do. Well, now you don’t have to feel that way. Instead, just pull out your hand mixer and push that fancy button. Voila! Shredded chicken with next to no effort.
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