Our Top 50 Kitchen Hacks Will Change the Way You Cook

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get food on the table faster.

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Lindsay Funston

Whether you're baking, frying, or sautéing, these tricks get food on the table faster.

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Make an Omelet in a Bag

You may never use a pan again.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Make Dessert Less Sweet

All is not lost if your chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie turned out a bit too rich for your liking. Simply add a touch of lemon or lime juice to subdue some of the sweetness.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Never Splatter Cake Batter

Because cleaning up is the worst part of baking — and a well-placed paper plate can really help.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Pie Crust Crimping Techniques
Chelsea Lupkin
Make Fancy Pie Crust

Instead of pinching, thumb-pressing, or just leaving your dough as is, grab a fork, spoon, or set of tongs to make pretty designs along the edges of your crust. It'll look even better than the pies at the bakery.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Make A Brownie in Two Minutes

You are two minutes away from a warm dessert. You're welcome.

Get the full tutorial here.

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As Easy As Apple Pie
Make Mayonnaise in a Blender

If you're out of mayo, combine an egg, white wine vinegar, salt, and sunflower oil in a blender. In 30 seconds you'll have a batch of your favorite spread ready for any sandwich or dinner recipe.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Dreyer's Ice Cream
Make Cookie Bowls

This is what we call pure genius. Use the bottom of your muffin tin to bake bowl-shaped cookies and eat them with your favorite scoop of ice cream. Because why make more dishes when you can simply eat them?

Get the full tutorial here.

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Lindsay Funston
Frost a Cupcake With a Marshmallow

No frosting? No problem.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Judy Kim
Make the Best Roast Chicken

Roast chicken can be the best thing ever if it's juicy ... or the worst if you accidentally scorch it. The secret to avoiding failure: a very hot oven. Crank it up to 500 degrees for that perfect golden brown skin and an oh-so-tender bird.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Cook Low-Calorie Rice

It's delicious, yes, but it's not always the most nutritious side ever. But now we know that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Guilt-free rice? Sign us up, please.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Heat Up a Low-Calorie Mug Cake

Yes, you can give yourself the gift of an ooey gooey brownie without completely derailing your diet. The trick? Using apple sauce instead of butter. It'll keep the cake nice and spongy and reduce the calorie count by a whopping 50 percent.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Con Poulos
Use Chard Scraps for a Pinterest-Perfect Treat

Don't even think about throwing away those broccoli stalks, carrot tops, or rainbow chard leftovers. Instead, let them bake on top of a simple pastry tart and your guests will be seriously impressed.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Peel Potatoes Super Quickly

A single slice of a spuds' skin will change your life for the better.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Wash Potatoes Fast

When cooking for a lot of people, washing potatoes can be quite the time suck. Luckily, you can free up some sink space by sticking your spuds in the dishwasher for a quick rinse cycle (no soap, of course) and have clean taters in no time.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Tell if an Egg Is Good or Bad

Forgot how long ago you bought your eggs? No worries — it's all in the float.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Save Wine for Cooking

Got wine leftovers? Don't even think about pouring it down the sink. You can simply freeze that precious Merlot (or whatever wine you love) and use for a future wine reduction sauce further down the road.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Make a Low-Sugar Apple Crisp

Trying to cut back on sugar is pretty darn challenging when you constantly have candy cane desserts and pumpkin pie sitting in front of you this time of year. But thanks to this recipe, which has a mere 8.6 grams of sugar in it (which is relatively small compared to most desserts), you no longer have to cut out sweets cold-turkey.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Turn A Tortilla Into a Hard Shell Taco

What do you do when you only have burrito ingredients but you're CRAVING tacos like whoa? You follow the instructions in this tutorial.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Make A Healthy Wendy's Frosty

With a blender and a few healthy — but delicious — ingredients, you can easily whip up the classic fast-food dessert sans the crazy amount of calories and sugar. Without the artificial gunk, everyone wins.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Use a Wine Bottle as a Rolling Pin

Unless you're a serious foodie, you probably only use your rolling pin two times a year (if that). Instead of wasting space in your drawer or cabinet, just cover your dough with some plastic wrap or wax paper and use a bottle of wine as your roller.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Mama Say What?
Cut a Watermelon With Ease

Never fear the rind again with this hack, which turns watermelon into kid- and party-friendly sticks perfect for noshing on at any get-together.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Turn Mashed Potatoes into Cinnamon Rolls

No, really. Got some mashed potato leftovers? Instead of reheating them yet again, make some delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treats instead. No kneading necessary for these.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Ethan Calabrese
Make the Best Scrambled Eggs

You can instantly earn 10 or more points on your breakfast game by using just one key ingredient in your scrambled eggs: sour cream. We bet you've never had 'em so creamy and fluffy before.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Peel an Orange Super Fast

Turns out, you've been doing it wrong your entire life. You'll be shocked at how easy this tip helps the rind fall off.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Hack or Wack: Easiest Way to Shuck Corn
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Shuck Corn in a Snap

You'd be eating corn way more often if you just knew a better way to shuck it.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Pit Cherries Without Struggle

Avoid chomping on a pit by removing the cherry centers with a pastry tip or paper clip. Simply drive it through the middle and the core will pop out on the other end.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Christopher Testani
Blanch Vegetables

Blanching veggies (cooking them briefly in boiling water) speeds up their cooking time, and shocking them (immersing immediately after in ice water) stops the process while retaining that just-right texture. The more you know.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Build a Better BLT

This technique will ensure you get bacon in every. single. bite.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Use Parchment Paper For Baking

To avoid a burnt batch of brownies (or any kind of cake, really), pour your batter onto parchment paper before throwing in the oven. Bonus: You can say goodbye to those stick-to-the-pan messes for good.

Get the full tutorial here.

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Ethan Calabrese
Hull a Strawberry With a Straw

It's no opening Champagne with a saber, but hulling a strawberry with a straw makes for a pretty decent party trick.

Get the full tutorial here.

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