Food

15 Food Hacks that Will Change the Way You Cook

Feel like weeknight dinners and grab-and-go lunches take forever to prepare? Help is here!

Here are 15 tips and tricks to help you save time,  work smarter, and waste less in the kitchen. 

1. Cook eggs faster
Break one or two in a mug, stir, cover with plastic wrap, microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave again for 40 more seconds. Voila—breakfast!

2. Resurrect wilting celery
Don’t just discard those droopy veggies. Fill a jar with cold water, trim the tops and bottoms of the stalks, and place them in the jar like flowers. Once your veggies have perked up, remove and crunch away. 

3. Prepare quick and easy greens to go
Need a fast, healthy lunch to bring to the office? Try making a salad in a mason jar. Put heavy, wet ingredients in the bottom and light, dry ingredients on top. When it’s time to eat, add a little dressing, shake it up, and enjoy.

4. Slice cheese simply
No need for a fancy cheese cutter. Get some plain dental floss (plain–we   don’t want minty cheese!) at your local drug or grocery store and use it for perfect slices of soft cheese. 

5. Keep brown sugar soft 
Brown sugar bricks are the worst. Banish them for good by putting a marshmallow in your container of brown sugar, which adds a trace of moisture back into the mix. You’ll get a perfect, scoopable consistency every time. 

6. Get every drop of lemon juice
Wasted lemon juice is a thing of the past when you use your kitchen tongs. Put half of a lemon between the tongs and press down. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

7. Weed out the bad eggs
How can you tell when an egg is rotten? Put it in a pan of water and remember this saying: “if it sinks it’s safe, if it floats it’s foul.”

8. Keep your cutting board from slipping
Put a gently wadded sheet or two of damp paper towel under your cutting board to keep it steady while you chop.

9. Hull strawberries the smart way
Stick a straw through the bottom of each berry to pop off its pesky top. 

10. Easily remove broken eggshells from the bowl
No more chasing bits of shell through your batter. Simply run your fingers under water and use your wet fingertips to gently touch the floating pieces. You’ll nab those suckers instantly. (You’re welcome.)

11. Find a better use for brown bananas
Instead of tossing old bananas or making them into a SmartPoints®-laden banana bread, stick them in the freezer in a plastic bag to use for smoothies down the road.

12. Mince garlic like a master
You didn’t think that microplane was just for zesting lemons, did you? Use it on peeled garlic for a perfect mince every time. 

13. Keep apple slices looking fresh
To prevent sliced apple from turning an unappetizing brown in the fridge, squeeze some lemon juice over the top. The slices will still look good as new even hours later. 

14. Soften butter in a snap
For spreadable butter on the fly, use a cheese grater to grate the stick of butter like you would a block of cheese. No more waiting for that huge solid square to melt. 

15. Find a new use for your extra citrus
The oranges and lemons you’re not going to eat can make gorgeous candles. 

For more hacks from Weight Watchers, check out our how-to videos here!