Sometimes preparing meals and just dealing with food can feel like a bore and a chore – or just plain frustrating! We’ve got the best food hacks to pass down to you to get you in and out of the kitchen fast. Not more drudgery, and dare we say it, some of these hacks are kind of fun. Save money, too. Win-win!
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Grate Your Butter for Easiest Pie Crust, Ever!
What? Yes! This is one of our favorite hacks. Freeze sticks of butter before making pie crust, then grate the still frozen butter right into your flour mix. Or, if you are making chocolate chip cookies and need room-temperature butter, simply grate straight out of the fridge, and it will be ready to cream. Try our Gluten-Free Pie Crust. It is THE BEST one out there. Promise.
Freeze Your Cheese!
Semi-soft cheeses, like mozzarella, can be hard to grate. Freeze them, then grate! Problem solved. Now try one of our pizzas! How about Sourdough Pizza?
“Faux” Buttermilk to the Rescue!
Happens every time. A recipe calls for buttermilk, and it is not something we have in the fridge on a daily basis. We’ve got a quick “faux” buttermilk recipe for you. Easy-peasy.
Removing Kernels from Corn Cob
Place the corn cob on the middle part of a bundt pan while cutting, allowing the pan to catch the kernels. Now you already to make our Corn Fritters!
Use a pizza cutter for effortlessly chopping herbs. It’s summer! Get those fresh herbs into your cooking! Try Pasta Primavera.
Revive Brown Sugar
Brown sugar rock hard? It happens. You’ve got choices. Place in a bowl with a few sprinkled of water, cover and microwave for about 15 seconds, or until soft. If you have time, you can put a piece of soft bread, a damp paper towel, or even a slice of apple, in the brown sugar jar, cover and let sit overnight. The moisture will soften the brown sugar; then you’ll be ready for Salted Buckwheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies!
Hull Those Strawberries
Remove the stem of a strawberry quickly by inserting a straw into the tip and pushing it through the other end. TA DA! Done. Time to make Strawberry Salsa!
Maximize Juicing Citrus
Recipe calling for fresh squeezed lemon juice? Or maybe you just have a hankering for fresh OJ? Microwave lemons, limes, or oranges for 5-10 seconds. Then, roll them back and forth on the counter with your hand applying pressure before cutting to maximize juice extraction with minimal effort. Try our Citrus Mojo sauce. Slather it on everything!
Peel That Kiwi
Peel a kiwi with a spoon by cutting off the ends, sticking the spoon inside against the peel, and circling around until it’s completely peeled. Make our Green Smoothie!
Slice the avocado into quarters lengthwise to break away from the pit, then peel back the tip of each section of skin and remove the peel like a banana. Make guac!
Natural Peanut Butter Storage
Store jars of natural peanut butter upside down to make stirring easier and avoid the need to stir the oil back in. Wipe the jar well after each use, then try our PB & J Bars!
Water Your Bread
Another odd trick that really works! If your bread has gone moldy, toss it. But if it is just a tad hard, verging on stale, you can revive it. Stick your loaf of bread right under a streaming faucet; we like room temp water. Aim at the crust, not the exposed cut areas. Get it wetter than you think makes any kind of sense. Pop into a 325°F oven on a sheet pan, or even right on the rack, and heat until crispy outside and soft and tender inside. Money saving – and kind of a magical parlor trick.
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17 Of The Most Expensive Foods In The World: Would You Pay This Much To Eat Any Of These?
These days our food budget is not going very far, even for everyday foods. And yet, there are still those who seek out extravagant foods, regardless of price. I guess we can live vicariously through these pictures. Maybe someday someone will bestow a 4-pound white truffle upon us, but until then, this will have to suffice.