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20 Hacks That Prove Cooking Can Be One of the Simplest Things in Life

Sometimes we have a lazy day or just a craving, and we need a good trick to cook delicious food in a matter of minutes. It doesn’t matter if we’re experts in the culinary arts or if we barely know how to make a dish as simple as cereal with milk. A good cooking tip can always help us in the most unexpected moments.

Bright Side set out to look for such tips and would like to invite you to check out some of the best cooking hacks people have shared online.

1. “Don’t want to dirty 10 bowls for tacos? Use muffin tins!”

2. “I really wanted a hot dog but didn’t have any buns, so I used a baked potato instead.”

3. “Place pepperoni over bagel holes when making homemade pizza bagels. The cheese won’t melt and stick to the pan, and it gives toppings more surface area.”

4. “I cut bacon in half and freeze them in individual pieces. Then I pack them into bags. When I want a little bacon, I can pull exactly what I want and not have to find a use for the whole pound.”

5. “I use an apple corer to prep my roast potatoes.”

6. “Spoons for anchors”

7. “The spice decimator”

8. “When you’re quarantined and want a cheeseburger but only have hot dog buns left”

9. “A loose leaf tea steeper is the best way to evenly sprinkle flour on a surface, corn starch on proteins, and powdered sugar on desserts.”

10. “Silicone molds are amazing for getting eggs perfect for egg sandwiches. You can do a whole egg or a scramble with veggies. Heat at 325ºF for 14 minutes.”

11. “You can cut an uncooked frozen pizza and put the slices in the air fryer for a quick slice!”

12. “It’s ridiculously easy to turn regular yogurt into Greek yogurt + whey! No special equipment is needed. Just use a regular kitchen strainer and a bowl, and put it all in the fridge overnight.”

13. “Collard green BBQ burritos — you’ll never go back to tortillas.”

14. “Use the hot water you boiled the eggs in to keep the plate hot through a slow breakfast.”

15. “Hear me out: ramen packets make for awesome popcorn seasoning! Mix the powder with some melted butter or margarine and then toss it with the popcorn. Add chili powder for an extra kick.”

16. “Mix cereals to regulate sweetness levels and create variety.”

17. “Wrap hack”

18. “Grilled cheese cooked in a waffle iron — the holes hold extra soup.”

19. 2 frozen pizzas and 1 tray? No problem.

20. Add salt only when you’ve finished cooking.

What is your best trick for cooking your favorite food? How do you save time when preparing dishes?

Please note: This article was updated in January 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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