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15+ Simple Kitchen Hacks Even A MasterChef Would Use

Emily McWilliams 16 Dec 2020

I am probably the furthest thing from a MasterChef. In the past, I have had to Google things like, "how to peel a potato" and "what is the difference between wax and parchment paper?" Yeah. It's embarrassing.

Whether you're a chef-in-training or a bonafide MasterChef, these kitchen hacks will make your life a little easier. There are tips for prepping ingredients, cooking food, and organizing your kitchen. I think even Gordon would like them.

Cut pizzas with ease.

Reddit | Pts_Out_Ppl_Who_F***

Arrange the toppings on your homemade or frozen pizza to avoid the path of your cutter. It's a lot neater, and everyone gets the same amount of toppings per slice.

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Mix up your natural peanut butter.

Reddit | Julsey57

If you don't store your peanut butter upside down, try using a hand mixer instead.

You only need one of the mixing attachments for this hack and it works way better than a spoon.

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The smart way to build your taco.

Reddit | Rekordea

Taco Tuesday just got better. A fork will help you balance your taco as you load it up with delicious toppings. Yum!

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Hand too big for the Pringles can?

Reddit | CreativeAirline

Use a piece of paper to help you get Pringles out with ease. This also works well if you're sharing the Pringles, but don't have a plate handy.

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No bottle opener? No problem!

Reddit | Chewbakistan

Screw a screw into the cork, and then use a hammer to pull it out. Your dinner and wine pairing is saved. We'll cheers to that!

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Use this hack for fast defrosting

Reddit | Amc724

Pack ground meat in super thin patties when you're freezing it. It'll defrost much faster! It also makes for easier storage in your freezer.

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Forgot to pop drinks in the fridge?

Reddit | GrouchyManner

I've tried this hack before and it is genius. Wrap a wet paper towel around your drink and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes. It'll be ice-cold when you pull it out.

Just don't forget it in there — the mess made from an exploding drink can be really bad.

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If you have a sensitive smoke alarm, you'll want to try this.

Reddit | fernguts

Wrap a shower cap over your smoke detector and tape a ribbon or string to it. The ribbon will help you remember to pull down the cap when you've finished cooking.

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Arrange chicken nuggets in a circle when reheating them.

Reddit | noyceeeebru

Your nuggets will heat more evenly this way. Is there anything worse than a cold nugget? I don't think so.

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A handy tip for determining if an egg has gone bad.

Reddit | mrcastiron

It's pretty easy to remember: rotten eggs float and healthy eggs sink. A great tip for the next time you're in doubt.

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Extend the life of your greens.

Reddit | williamd83

Place a paper towel in your greens containers to soak up any excess moisture. It'll prevent the leaves from getting soggy and going bad.

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There was a measuring cup on oatmeal packages all along.

Reddit | julesfried

I can't be the only one who didn't know this. If you've ever wondered how much water to add to your instant oatmeal, there's a line on the package that you can use to measure. Genius.

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How to cook dinner for one.

Reddit | Racaermo

As a former student, I wish I had known about this hack back when I was in school. I think portioning chicken is pretty standard, but I never thought to do it for veggies, too!

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The best way to shave cheese.

Reddit | gianlucamelis

Use a potato peeler to shave hard cheese in the perfect slices for salads or pasta. What would we do without these brilliant hacks? Eat less cheese, that's for sure.

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Double up on your skewers.

Reddit | Cerberus1349

If you use two skewers, your kabobs won't roll around as much and you can evenly cook both sides. Sometimes two is really a lot better than one.

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Wooden skewers to the rescue!

Reddit | FatalErrorOccurred

If you don't have a wire cooling rack around, use these wooden skewers over a plate to make your own. As long as I get to eat the cookies ASAP, I'm happy.

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Use a muffin tray to serve condiments.

Reddit | heinderhead

Who would have guessed that a muffin tray is a perfect container for serving condiments? No more clunky bottles and jars taking up space. Use this smart hack at your next BBQ!

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Hang up your bananas.

Reddit | reesuh

A small Command Hook will keep your bananas off the counter and free from bruises. Attach one under a cabinet for easy access.

Just another reason to love Command Hooks.

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Use muffin pans to make perfect portions.

Reddit | Right_Ahn

Freeze leftover chili or soup in a muffin pan. That way, you can pop out the portions for individual meals without having to defrost the whole bag.

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The smart way to pour soy sauce.

Reddit | thebadgerden

Make a small slit in the protective seal instead of removing it. It'll act as a DIY spout so you don't accidentally pour half the jug out all over your rice.

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Sunny D lids double as can covers.

Reddit | TheDaileyDustin

Pop a Sunny D lid over your cans if you plan on finishing it later. This would also be handy if you're enjoying a drink outside and want to keep bugs away in between sips.

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Organize your freezer once and for all.

Reddit | Kelsannehud

Use binder clips to hang up any bags in your freezer. This will keep things organized and maximize space if you have a smaller freezer.

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No more ice cube tray juggling acts.

Reddit | williamd83

Use a water bottle to fill up your ice cube tray so that you don't have to balance the full tray when putting it in the freezer.

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Put oil in a soy sauce container.

Reddit | solodolo--

The small spout makes it easy to drizzle a little oil over salads or into the pan when you're cooking. Definitely going to start using this trick at home.

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