Food Hacks You’ll Wish You’d Always Known

Use an Eggshell to Remove a Piece of Eggshell

Have you ever gotten a small piece of eggshell in your mixing bowl and discovered that retrieving it is no easy matter? You try a spoon, a fork, your finger, and it just wiggles away from you in the egg’s liquid. The best way to get it out, though, is to use the remaining piece of the shell, which is naturally immune to that slippery goo.

Use the Last Pistachio Half to Open an “Impossible to Open” Pistachio

Just like eggshells, pistachios solve their own problem. Practically any pistachio can be opened by using another pistachio half shell as a lever.

Pop the Toast Back in the Toaster Oven for a Few More Seconds After Adding Butter

No one likes the sound of butter being scraped across toast. And no one likes having their butterknife dig a small hole in the center of the bread because the cold butter won’t spread. Just let it melt a few seconds in the toaster oven and then your butter is ready to spread easily!

Use a Mixing Spatula for Scrambled Eggs in a Nonstick Pan

Metal spatulas can damage nonstick pans…and nonstick spatulas often lack the force needed to make great scrambled eggs. But a mixing spatula actually will bring about the perfect eggs when used on a nonstick pan.

Use a Soy Sauce Dish to Dip Maple Syrup

When you pour maple syrup onto your pancakes, waffles or French toast, the flavor is there for a minute, but then they start to dry out again as you continue to eat. This often leads to pouring more maple syrup on top (meaning more calories, and more sugar intake). Instead, pour some maple syrup into a soy sauce dish and dip your breakfast directly into it. Each bite will still be just as moist and flavorful as the last!

Keep Your Onions in the Fridge

You don’t have to cry over cut onions. No, really, you don’t. Room temperature onions may cause tears to flow, but chilled ones will not. So remember to pop your onions in the fridge as soon as you bring them home from the store so that you can chop them with clear eyes.

Put Unripe Avocadoes in a Brown Paper Bag

If you want to ripen your avocados faster, place them in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana. They will ripen in a day. If you need an unripe avocado to be edible immediately, wrap it in tin foil, place it in the toaster oven at 200 degrees for about ten minutes, and it will ripen!

Carve Out the Inside of a Pepper Instead of Slicing

Pepper seeds can be such a mess on the cutting board. Keep it neat and tidy by simply cutting out a circle at the top of the pepper, just like you were carving a pumpkin, and then toss. The rest of the pepper can be chopped as you need it.

Use a Grater to Salvage Burnt Cookies, Toast or Bagels

Getting cookies to come out just right is hard. So when you mess up, don’t toss those delicious treats you worked so hard to make! Just carefully grate the bottoms with a cheese grater to keep only the yummy part. Burnt toast or bagel? No problem! Just gently grate away the burnt part much more efficiently than using a knife.

Use an Ice Cream Scooper to Get Just the Right Amount of Muffin Mix in the Tray

Muffins are one of the happiest foods in existence. But making sure the batter goes just in the slots and not all over the place can be tricky. An ice cream scooper is the perfect tool to scoop neither too much nor too little. Choose one with a lever that you press to make sure it all comes off the scooper.

Keep Recipe Portions Printed on Food Containers

Do you have your go-to recipes you cook each week and keep dry goods in bulk containers? Once you figure out exactly how much of the brand’s recipe you use for your own family (2/3 of what the pasta box suggests, one and a half times what the bag of rice suggests, etc.) you can keep that information handy by including it either on the containers you transfer items to (nothing beats glass jars!) or fixed to the pantry shelf where the items get stored.

Wrap Sandwiches in Foil Diagonally

A wrapped sandwich can easily lose freshness or become loose if wrapped in foil the regular way. Instead, please your sandwich on the foil diagonally. Each triangle folding over it will help it to stay properly wrapped until it is time to be eaten.

Warm Up Pasta Sauce in the Same Pot

Why cook with two pots when you can wash only one? After you drain your pasta, pour some sauce back into the emptied pot. Pour the pasta on top of it and if needed, add a little more. Stir altogether on low heat so that your pasta and sauce are just the right temperature. In addition to saving you a dish to wash, this method also ensures that you have the exact amount of sauce you want on your pasta AND that it’s evenly distributed. No more leftover sauce (which would mean yet another dish to clean).

Cut Bakery Bread Upside Down

A fresh baguette from the bakery is delicious! But slicing it can create a huge mess. Try flipping your loaf upside down, and cutting it starting from the edge. It will require less effort and less clean up.

Keep Bananas Fresh Longer

If you shop once a week, keeping bananas fresh from one grocery trip to another can be quite a challenge. No matter how green they are in the store, they turn brown before the week is up. There are two easy ways to avoid this. First, keep bananas away from other fruit, preferably hanging. Second, keep the stems wrapped in plastic wrap (if it doesn’t already come with it from the store, add your own).

Hollow Out Burger Buns

Are you tired of all your burger toppings always falling out? Just scrape out a bit of the inside of your bun to help them stay in place. Add bonus: you’ll save a few carbs 😉

Don’t Waste Half a Banana

You may assume that some soft fruits like bananas are no longer good once their pulp starts to turn brown, but if you don’t finish the whole thing at once, fear not, just slice away the brown layer on top to find it’s still good a day or two after you originally sliced it open.

The same rule applies to avocadoes, as ong as you put them in the fridge and cover them.

Save Your Shelves from Oil Spills

Oil and vinegar bottles can seep out at the bottom. To keep them from ruining your shelves, (and to make it easier to access the ones in back), keep those bottles in a shallow container that fits in your cupboard.

Keep Leftovers at Eye Level

Don’t leave over leftovers. Leftovers often get pushed to the back or bottom of the fridge. By the time you notice them, they have gone bad. Designate a spot that is right at eye-level in the front of your fridge for leftovers. That way they will be the first thing you see when you open the door.

Keep Your Sponges Sanitized

Once you’re done in the kitchen, remember to pop the sponge(s) into the dishwasher before running it. This will keep them sanitized for future use.