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1. Check the freshness of an egg by placing it in a glass of water.
Beware of floating eggs–they’re no longer fresh!
Note: Eggs will stop sinking to the bottom of a glass after about 12 days.
2. Shred chicken and pork with your KitchenAid.
You’ll need this: 9 Brilliant KitchenAid Hacks You’ve Never Heard Before
3. Soften a stick of butter quickly with a heated glass.
Pour boiling water into a glass to heat it up. Then, dump out the water and place it over the stick of butter. The butter will be softened within minutes without it completely melting.
4. Insert a plastic spoon into yogurt cups and freeze for easy yogurt pops.
Get more snacking ideas for kids: 14 Snack Hacks That Help You Win at Parenting
5. Juice citrus easily with tongs.
6. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of whole milk when you don’t have buttermilk.
When you need buttermilk but don’t have any on hand, use vinegar and whole milk instead. Let the vinegar-milk solution stand 2-3 minutes before using.
7. Keep brown sugar from clumping with marshmallows.
8. Scoop up a bit of broken eggshell from a bowl with another piece of eggshell.
9. Wash strawberries in a vinegar solution to make them last longer.
Soak strawberries in a three-parts water, one-part vinegar solution. Or, for easy math, use six cups of water and two cups of vinegar for a total of 8 cups of liquid. Soak berries for up to 10 minutes, and try not to wash them with water. Make sure they’re dry before re-packing them into the breathable container they came in.
Get more directions: How to Make Strawberries Last Longer
10. Dry leftover fresh herbs by microwaving them for 1 minute.
Other weird things to microwave: 14 Surprising Micowave Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier
11. Create a disposable funnel by cutting the corner off an envelope.
12. Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.
Stop wasting food: 19 Ways to Make Your Fresh Produce Last Longer
13. Use your dishwasher’s rinse cycle to wash potatoes.
This works especially well during the holidays and Thanksgiving.
Your dishwasher can do more than you think: 14 Unexpected Dishwasher Hacks to Clean Everything
14. Prevent a mixing spoon from falling into a bowl full of food by attaching a rubber band.
Never underestimate rubber bands: 12 Incredible Rubber Band Uses That Will Blow Your Mind
15. Peel boiled eggs easily by putting a lemon wedge in the boiling water.
Or, add ½ tsp of baking soda.
16. Cut the soaking time for dried beans by microwaving them for 15 minutes.
17. Marinate and tenderize steak with coffee grounds.
Since coffee grounds are acidic and acidity helps tenderize meat, your steak should be melt-in-your-mouth good. Try this recipe from Food Network that combines coffee grounds, balsamic vinegar, garlic and shallots.
Save your coffee grounds: 9 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away Used Coffee Grounds
18. Get thinly sliced meat easily by freezing the protein 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Freezing the meat will help it stiffen up, making it easier to slice.
19. Peel ginger more effectively with a spoon.
20. Get more juice out of citrus by microwaving the fruit for 10-15 seconds before squeezing.
21. Transfer bagged lettuce to a lidded container and place a paper towel over the top to keep leaves crisp longer.
22. Coat measuring cups and spoons with cooking spray to use every last drop of an ingredient.
This works especially well when working with sticky ingredients like syrup and honey.
23. Cooking spray can also stop cheese from sticking to a grater.
Know what else to spray: 11 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know Cooking Spray Could Do
24. Aerate wine with a blender.
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25. Freeze coffee in ice cube trays for iced coffee that doesn’t get watered down.
26. Get fluffier whipped cream when you chill the beater and bowl beforehand.