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Hacks involving the general use and consumption of food, as well as the storage, preservation and transportation of food.

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How to clean out a peanut butter jar for recycling?

Peanut butter is sticky. It takes several gallons of hot soapy water to wash it out so that it is ready for recycling. Is there a better way to do this?
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How to decarbonate ("make flat") beverages more quickly?

For medical reasons, I am hoping to determine a method I can easily use to decarbonate beverages that I enjoy to help to significantly reduce the carbon dioxide bubbles of the beverage / pop / soda. ...
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easy way to break off pieces of baking chocolate

We buy a block of baking chocolate of 5 kg around 10 pounds. When we want to use the chocolate it's always a hassle to break off a piece. It's a block 5 cm thick (2 inches). I need a easier way to ...
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How can I remove curry powder stains from a wooden table?

I have a wooden table, at least 10 years old. It has yellow stains on it, presumably from a curry. I don't know what kind of powder/curry caused the stain. The stains are difficult to remove -- no ...
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How to eat a big burger?

If you go to a nice restaurant and order a burger, chances are the ingredients are good quality, and the burger stack up much higher than I can open my mouth. Image source: http://www....
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Which foods or drinks reduce headache?

Which type of food or drinks reduce headache quickly?
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Removing Pepper Juice From Eyes

I was wiping my eyes with my hands as they felt itchy and I immediately felt a sharp, burning sensation and realized that I let pepper juice (jalapeno) get into my eyes. I went to the sink and tried ...
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Induction based fry pan not working on induction cooktop

For cooking on Induction cooktop, I recently purchased an induction based fry pan, however the cooktop could not detect it, just beeping when the this new fry pan is placed on it. This is troubling ...
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How to hard-boil an egg in the microwave safely?

It's quite dangerous to hard-boil an egg in the microwave as it may simply explode and making a big mess. Cleaning the microwave after that kind of accident to avoid a bad smell can be a miracle. Are ...
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How can I sharpen a knife?

While there is a question about sharpening a knife in the wild, I have a different issue. We are in the midst of moving house, so my honing iron is packed away in a box god knows where. I have a ...
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Tips for getting flat reusable food silicone freezer bags completely dry

My question is: how can I get flat food silicone bags completely dry? (I am talking about silicone bags that are small, flat, and rectangular, similar to the ziploc sandwich bags of pre-eco-aware days....
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Salt Shaker Humidity is a big problem in the Caribbean- Any mechanism besides the rice?

Salt shaker clogging is a big problem in the Caribbean- A older friend said his mom had these little Japanese porous tiles she add to her shakers. They worked great and could be re-used over and over ...
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How to avoid splatters when microwaving?

Microwaving food often leaves behind splatters which are hard to clean up. When microwaving food from containers, I can usually just put the lid on top, rotated to leave a crack for air to come out. ...
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As an individual, how to send frozen food to someone else in France?

As a gift for Christmas, I would like to offer regional frozen food to my family living 900km away (but still in France) which can only be bought in my region as it is hard to find it elsewhere (we ...
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How to remove salt from salted pumpkin seeds

I bought some shelled pumpkin seeds. I didn't notice that they were salted at the time of buying. They taste unbearably salty and I want to remove salt from it completely if not to a substantial ...
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: how to cook many crepes/pancakes “at the same time” *in a microwave*? [closed]

Making a single pancake in a microwave is easy: just take a Tefal round pan (no sharp corner no sparks), drop your dough, wait 2.5 minutes (it also work on any eating plates, but the first one is ...
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Keeping quiet in the kitchen at night while other people sleeping

I live in a shared house with a few other people. Due to my schedule, I'm up when most of them have gone to bed. I often need to eat something after coming home but have received complaints that the ...
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How to get rid of wheat that is not edible? [closed]

We were given a big bag of around 10kg of wheat, but we don't use that brand. It seems like it is very bad wheat since whatever we make with it is really hard. Is there a way to throw it away so it ...
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How to warm up milk for the baby during a trip?

Especially during winters, it is necessary to warm up the baby's food to room temperature, relatively quickly. We usually end up hunting a restaurant or a cafe with a microwave/hot water (and ...
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Keep forgetting reusable grocery bags when I go shopping

I have many reusable grocery bags at home but I always forget to take them with me when I go shopping. Then I have to spend 10 cents to get another bag. Over time that money adds up. Is there ...
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What is the quickest way to de-carbonate a drink

I prefer a lot of fizzy drinks when they have gone flat. What is the most efficient way to decarbonate them? I've repeatedly shaken and opened bottles, left caps off, stirred, but I wonder if there's ...
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Drink a whole iced capp

Tim Hortons offers a drink called an iced capp1 that behaves in a most infuriating way. No doubt similar concoctions are available to those who live outside the true north strong and free. The iced ...
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How to extract 100% of liquid from a mixture of solid and liquid?

I have prepared a herbal oil by heating coconut oil with a set of local herbs for quite a good amount of time. The mixture at last, consists of solid and liquid. Solid particles are burnt left overs ...
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How to keep chicken moist from previous night?

When there are leftovers, they are placed in the fridge or kept in the microwave; but they lose their moisture? In the morning, be it chicken, take away chicken or rice! How can one keep the food from ...
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Make icepacks for a coolbag/coolbox

I'd like to make some extra icepacks to put in my coolbag. The 2 commercial icepacks it comes with don't maintain the temperature for long enough, so I've tried supplementing them with plastic bottles ...
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How to heat milk without scalding?

Does anyone have a lifehack for heating milk without scalding? I make paneer two or three times a week and it's a real pain cleaning that scalded milk from the bottom of the pan every time. The two ...
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How to heat up a kebab roll so that the meat inside becomes warm, the flatbread does not become dried, and the structure is well-kept?

When I buy a kebab roll somewhere and go home to eat, it gets cold. I'd like to eat it warm. If I use an oven to heat it up, the flatbread outside would get dried and the meat filling wouldn't get ...
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How would you have a rewarding snack like cookies locked away, and only accessible at a certain time each day?

The goal is to get myself out of bed each morning, AND to prevent myself from eating too many cookies, but also to reward myself with a cookie every so often. If I have a reason - "You can eat a ...
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Something to keep the fizz of cola bottle

I am looking for some trick or gazzette to keep a bigger bottle of coke longer so that it doesn't lose all the fizz everytime it's opened again! Something which could keep the CO2 longer so that a ...
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How to roll a dough to a certain thickness

Is there a way to roll out dough to an even 5mm thickness? I'm a newbie on making cookies. Thanks!
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What is the quick remedy when we burn our taste-buds while consuming a hot drink?

Sometimes, without knowing the temperature of the hot coffee or hot water, we burn our taste-buds by sudden take of hot drinks. This causes our taste-buds in the tip of the tongue burn and for the ...
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How to avoid doing dishes (after microwaving food)

So if I put a dish in the microwave, is there a way to avoid getting the plate dirty so I don’t have to worry about doing dishes? I was thinking stuff like french fries, pizza variations (bite sized, ...
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How to microwave flour tortilla without making it wet

I sometimes make homemade burritos, with a mix of fillings wrapped in a flour tortilla, and I reheat the leftovers in my microwave for later meals. By the time the fillings are near the temperature I ...
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How to remove a hard boiled egg's shell quickly, by hand, without damaging the egg?

I have a difficult time peeling the shell off a hard-boiled egg by hand without damaging the egg. Peeling the egg also irritating and takes longer than I'd like. I have tried rolling the egg, so the ...
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How to peel an orange?

I love oranges. They are very juicy and I really like its flavour. The problem is that I don't know how to peel them efficiently and every time I struggle to peel them well. When I do it, I usually ...
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1 answer
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How to get my induction cooker hotter?

My new Thomson induction cooker cannot get hot enough to cook popcorn. I put a cast iron pot on the range, add oiled and popcorn, and turned on the heat. Initially it gets hot enough to pop some ...
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1 answer
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How to cleanly cut cake into even slices

Whenever I have a cake or some other bread item, I can never get a good cut while keeping the pieces even. Usually I use a knife, but that takes more work than I would like and I usually can't get a ...
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How to separate egg yolk from whites?

While being careful, using your fingers etc. doesn't feel like a hack, is there any complete unique way of separating egg yolk from whites? I originally had a real hard time trying to break open the ...
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What is an easy way to drain a can of tuna?

Is there any easy way of draining a can of tuna without special tools, or a strainer? I'm talking about a normal (in the US) 5oz can of tuna. Not the huge ones at costco.
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How can I keep cookies from going stale as long as possible?

I like soft chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, even in an airtight container, cookies will go stale after a couple days. Is there a way I can prevent this from happening? Not necessarily ...
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How can I remove the plastic seal inside new coffee jar in its whole?

New coffee jar has that plastic seal inside of it to keep the coffee fresh: However, to this day I never found a way to remove it without leaving some of it stuck to the rim of the jar: See what I ...
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When pouring boiled milk, how to avoid splashes caused by its hitting a relatively less hot part of the pan?

When I pour milk out of the pan in which it has just boiled, I usually find that when it hits a relatively less hot part of the pan, closer to the rim, it crackles and splashes because of the heat. ...
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How to repurpose old fridge with broken compressor as ant-proof dry food storage?

I have an old refrigerator (the compressor died) and I would like to keep it as ambient room temperature pantry storage for food items which don't really need refrigeration, like coffee, dried food, ...
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What to do with big pieces of chocolate milk powder

The chocolate powder I bought to add in milk came in plastic jar. Now accidentally one must have added a wet spoon to take the powder out. Now the fine powder has changed into sticky big stony masses, ...
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How to Get Rid of Smell in a Refrigerator?

How do you get rid of the mixture of smells in a refrigerator (Not Unplugged) so that other items don't inherit their nasty smell? I have heard of baking soda, but are there other techniques?
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How can I keep pizza warm on the trip home?

Many of you know that problem, after work you go and get some "Pizza to go" from the Italian restaurant. When you arrive at home it is not really warm anymore no matter whether you put it in a bag or ...
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How can I safely grate a small food item without cutting my fingers?

When I am grating a block of parmesan cheese and the block becomes particularly small, I often fear that I will slip/the item will be completely grated and I will cut/grate my fingers. I've used ...
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Alternative way to have clear non wrinkle protection layer covering for these electronic devices?

So I’ve tried kitchen cling film and it’s neither easy to apply and keep clear and non wrinkly, nor feels thick/ strong protection enough to prevent scratches & impact damage. It’s also a mess ...
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Plucking a chicken without a machine

Like my username implies, I'm a shochet (though I'm still in training), and I kill chickens. One problem I have is getting the feathers off the chicken once they're dead. I know that I could buy or ...
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Cleaning a microwave

What is the easiest way to clean dried/burnt-on food out of a microwave? Cleaning out the microwave was always one of my least favorite tasks back when I worked the graveyard shift at the local ...

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