With a lot of restaurants closed, more and more people feel the need to learn to cook their own food. It’s one of the best ways to make sure they are meeting their nutritional needs. It’s a practical skill to learn as well.
Unfortunately, cooking isn’t easy. Apart from learning different cooking techniques, you also have to know the right ways to prepare your ingredients and tools. You have to know how to read cookbooks, too.
Fortunately, the internet is full of food and cooking hacks. In fact, if you do a quick search, you’ll end up with thousands of results. It can take you days to finish all of them.
To make things easier for you, here are 30 of the best and most useful food hacks on the internet.
1. Coat the bread of your grilled cheese with mayo.
Apply a bit of mayonnaise on the outside part of your bread. Once you’ve coated it, pan-fry your sandwich in butter. This trick will help you achieve that ultimate crunch.
2. Add olive oil to your pot of pasta when cooking.
The oil will help prevent the pasta from sticking. This is an important step if you’re using homecooked pasta.
3. Use sour cream instead of milk when making mac ‘n cheese.
This is a nice hack when you’re preparing boxed mac ‘n cheese. By using sour cream, you’ll get a nice and luscious texture for your mac ‘n cheese.
4. Spiralize your hotdogs before grilling.
This is a must-try hack if you want nicely charred hotdogs. You can use a pairing knife and wooden skewer for the hack. Put your favorite condiments in the little indents.
5. Use canned jackfruit as a substitute for pulled pork.
You can still enjoy pulled pork even without meat. The secret is a can of jackfruit.
6. Add soy sauce to savory dishes.
Soy sauce has a natural umami taste. It can make your savory dishes tastier and more flavorful.
7. Freeze meat before cutting.
Freezing the meat makes it easier to cut. Plus, it also allows you to get even slices.
8. Make pancake without flour.
Believe it or not, you can actually make pancakes without flour. You can use eggs, mashed sweet potato, and ground cinnamon instead. After making the batter, you can cook a piece for about 3 minutes on each side.
9. Microwave your squash before cutting.
Before you pop it into your microwave, remember to poke a few slits with a knife first. Then, set your microwave to run for 5 minutes. It’ll be easier to cut after!
10. Make tropical piña coladas with less than five ingredients.
Well, for this hack, you’ll just need three ingredients: frozen pineapple chunks, rum, and full-fat milk. Place everything in a blender and add ice.
11. Make a dozen of hard-boiled egg in the oven.
Fill a muffin tin with eggs and place it in the oven. Cook at 325ºF.
12. Make keto-friendly waffles at home.
To make protein-packed, low-carb waffles, you’ll need mashed bananas, egg whites, and protein powder. Even if you won’t be using flour, you’ll still get moist and fluffy waffles that are crispy on the outside.
13. Make frozen herbs.
Don’t wait for your herbs to go bad. Start chopping and freezing them in an ice cube tray. Don’t forget to add olive oil. With this, you’ll always have herbs ready for cooking.
14. Freeze onions before cutting.
This is probably one of the most effective hacks to prevent tearing up while chopping onions. Remember to keep your onion in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
15. Grill fish over slices of lemon.
After cutting a lemon, place the slices on top of your grill. Put them underneath the fish. This hack prevents sticking.
16. Poach eggs in the microwave.
Making the perfect poached eggs is tricky and this hack aims to help make the process easier for you. All you need to do place your egg in 1/3 cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar and you’re good to go.
17. Add pudding to your dough.
This extra ingredient can make your cookies more chewy and gooey. You’ll need a vanilla pudding mix for this.
18. Make your own stock.
Don’t throw away your vegetable scraps. You can make your own stock using them.
19. Cook starch in broth.
If you want to make your rice or quinoa taste better, consider cooking them in broth or stock. It’ll taste so much better if you cook it this way.
20. Cook omelet in a sheet pan.
This is an excellent hack if you need to make a lot of omelets. You won’t have to spend a long time cooking several batches.
21. Add mayo to make super moist cake.
Add the mayo with vegetables and eggs. This works really when with boxed cake mixes.
22. Ripen an avocado in 10 minutes.
Yes, that’s right. You won’t have to wait for days. All you need is to wrap it in aluminum foil and bake in a 200 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
23. Chill beer quickly with wet paper towel.
Wrap your bottle with a damp dishtowel or paper towel before putting it inside your freezer for about 7 minutes. It’ll be ice cold quickly.
24. Add a bit of mustard to your mac ‘n cheese.
The acidity of the mustard helps create a more balanced flavor. It also gives that nice complexity to your dish.
25. Add pasta water to your pasta sauce.
Pasta water is considered liquid gold in the kitchen. Adding it to your sauce can help enhance its flavor.
26. Roast your garlic in the microwave.
For this, you will need to trim the head of your garlic bulb before placing it in the microwave. Use a microwave-safe bowl for your safety. Add a pinch of salt, two tablespoons of water, and a drizzle of olive oil.
27. Make this easiest carbonara recipe.
Remove the pasta from your stovetop. Get an egg and crack it open onto your pasta. Stir everything and serve.
28. Add cornstarch to your scrambled egg.
Beat your eggs as usual. After that, you can add a bit of cornstarch. This ingredient can help you make really fluffy scrambled eggs.
29. Add coffee when baking chocolate goods.
This is a must-try hack when your making cakes and brownies. Coffee does a really good job in enhancing the flavor and taste of chocolate.
30. Be more accurate when measuring sticky ingredients with oil.
In baking, you need to be precise with your measurements. One way you can do that is by spraying oil on your measuring spoons. This way, you won’t have problems measuring sticky ingredients.