Questions tagged [food]

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

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How can I neatly eat messy food without “common” utensils?

This is an attempt at a canonical Q&A for the question above, as suggested in this comment: This should replace the Mango, BBQ Ribs, Chips, Apple and Orange eating questions. I am trying to eat ...
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Removing gum from hair (Head hair, beard or mustache)

I mis-chewed, and ended up with gum stuck in my beard. How can I get it out? Shaving off the beard is an absolute last resort.
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How can I eat an apple without getting sticky fingers? [duplicate]

I really enjoy eating apples, however it is annoying when hands get sticky. How can I eat an apple so that the juices do not make my hands sticky?
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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 eat loud food (chips, celery) quietly

I like munching celery at work, but I don't want to annoy my co-workers. Today, I cut my celery into 1-inch (bite-sized) pieces so I don't have to loudly bite it off from the stalk. How else could I ...
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How to counteract the burning sensation after eating spicy food?

Last month I bit into an unlabeled pepper that turned out to be a cayenne pepper. I spent the next two hours dunking my head into a sink full of water while my mouth burned, my eyes teared up, and my ...
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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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How to get rid of smell from kitchen trash?

The trash is a handy appliance that helps keep things clean and tidy in the kitchen. However, it can become a problem when it starts to smell due to spoiled food or other bacteria that increase after ...
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How can I cut onions without tearing up?

Whenever I'm making something that has onions in it, I always have to cut the onion and go through tearing up and stinging eyes. I've seen on the internet that chewing gum makes you not tear up, but ...
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What is the quickest way to cool down a room-temperature drink without pouring it over ice?

I just bought box of Coca-Cola cans that have not been refrigerated. I have a group of people coming over soon, and I want the Cokes to be cold by the time the group arrives. What is the best method ...
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How to eat chips with out getting hands dirty [duplicate]

The title really says it all, but for you sticklers... How to eat chips with out getting hands dirty? Things I have tried: A napkin; very awkward Not eating chips; not a solution Eating with my ...
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How can I fit more dishes in my microwave at once?

I have a 0.6 cubic foot rotating microwave (very small), so I can usually only cook one thing at a time. When using bowls I tried to put them both in opposite corners and they both fit, but one tipped ...
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How can I tell if an egg has gone bad without cracking it open?

Like anyone on the planet, I hate the smell of rotten eggs. How can I tell if an egg is bad without cracking it open? So far all I have tried is simply cracking it open and then throwing away the egg ...
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How can I get the smell of garlic off my hands?

I've been peeling and chopping garlic, and now my hands stink of it. I can wash my hands with soap, but no matter how hard I scrub the smell persists, sometimes for up to a day or two. How do I get ...
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How do I decelerate the ripening of bananas?

I buy a bunch of bananas, but they usually go too ripe before I can finish all of them. Is there a way to make them ripen less quickly?
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How do I fully utilize the pasty sauce on bottle with minimum wastage before discarding the bottle?

There are instances where I have thrown away ketchup bottles with a little content left inside, simply because I could not get it out. Some bottles have a narrow neck & opening and others have ...
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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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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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Fastest way to boil water?

When I want to make hot chocolate, one of the steps is, obiously, boiling water. It seems to take forever. Is there a faster way? The method I am currently using is putting water in a metal can and ...
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How to untie sacks properly (eg bags of charcoal)

Whenever I do a BBQ at home I enjoy opening the bag of charcoal correctly - in that when you pull the correct thread the whole bag unstitches. My problem is that I can never work out which one I ...
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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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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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Cutting fruits so that it lasts longer without refrigeration

I wanted to know if there is a way to make slices of fruit, e.g. apple, last longer outside the refrigerator. I wouldn't like my pieces of apple getting brown (oxidizing). Ideally, This would be to ...
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How do I store frozen sausages, so they are easy to separate?

I generally keep sausages in the freezer, but I buy them in packs of 8 or 12, and they tend to freeze together, which sometimes makes them hard to separate. I usually need to force a knife into the ...
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How to eat barbecue ribs without getting covered in barbecue sauce? [duplicate]

I love barbecue ribs but I don't love getting completely covered in barbecue sauce! I have already tried eating more carefully only using my finger tips but I still get too much barbecue sauce on my ...
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How can I stop my straw rising?

When drinking a fizzy drink from a glass with a straw the straw often rises and sometimes falls out. What can I do to stop this? I can hold the straw down with my hand, but some times I need to use ...
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Quick way to defrost food?

Frozen food is very convenient, but defrosting it can be a pain in the neck. Normally (especially for small items) I could easily defrost frozen food with a microwave, but I don't own one! Simply ...
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How can I clean sticky juice off my hands when outside?

Sometimes, I'm outside working or whatever, not near a water faucet. I work in some orchards, and sometimes I eat a fruit, which (of course) is very sticky. I usually wipe them off soon after they get ...
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How to stop a serving spoon from falling into the food?

When food is served in big pans in school, the serving spoon will sometimes fall into the food, as shown below: What can I do to prevent this? We could try only leaning the spoon against the long ...
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How to prevent ice cream from melting without a refrigerator?

There are times when you are at work where you have the best ice cream parlor in town around the corner from your office. But you want to take the ice cream home and enjoy it there. Is there a way to ...
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How can I organize my chest freezer?

I've got a chest freezer that's 20.6 x 37.2 x 33.5 inches. The freezer tends to stay pretty full to the top because I like to stock up when things are on sale and toss them in there. The problem I'm ...
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How can I accelerate the ripening of bananas?

The supermarket only had very green bananas, and I would like to use them in a banana bread recipe ASAP. For this recipe, I typically use bananas that are very ripe (usually spotted) like this: How ...
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How to steep but separate leaves in a teapot without a mesh strainer?

My metal mesh tea strainer rusted so I discarded it, but I have failed to find a replacement strainer because this teapot was likely purchased overseas. In a teapot, how else can I filter the tea ...
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Get Just a Portion of a Block of Frozen Pasta

My wife and I cooked too much elbow macaroni one night, so we put it in a gallon freezer bag in the freezer. A few days later when I took it out, it had formed a solid mass the size of an eggplant. I ...
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How do I eat an orange without getting sticky? [duplicate]

I like to snack on oranges at work, but usually juice gets on my fingers and makes them sticky, so I have to get up and go and wash my hands. Is there a way to peel and eat an orange, without ...
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How do I eat a mango without getting sticky? [duplicate]

It's been suggested that the best place to eat a mango is in the bathtub. How can I eat mango without getting very sticky?
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How to color water milky/white, - non-molding, non-sinking?

I want to color water white/cloudy/milky, so that it disperses light nicely. I have tried to dissolve soap in it, which worked very well, but the dissolved particles sink down after half a day and the ...
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How to prevent salt shaker holes from being clogged with damp salt?

I add rice grains to my salt shaker to prevent salt dampness. It works, but it doesnt affect the salt shaker holes, which become damp. Their dampness clogs the shaker, preventing the salt from coming ...