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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 open a bag of rice sealed with string

A 25kg/50lb bag of rice comes sealed with a string stitched along the opening. Short of cutting each stitch, is there an easier way of opening a bag of rice. I know there is a trick to untying a ...
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How to clean yellow teeth

There is fluoride in the water that I use on the daily basis, and my teeth are having yellow shade. Is there any way to clean them?
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How can you get the first brownie out of the pan without destroying it?

When I bake brownies and cut them, it's always difficult to get the first brownie out of the pan without breaking it. The subsequent brownies are easier to get out because of the open space created ...
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How can I repurpose dried out grains and beans?

I like to store dried grains and beans in my pantry. However, most of the times I forget about the package of grains or beans that I have in store. And they dry out to the point where no matter how ...
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How to share food fairly with three people?

Let's say that I have some sort of food item that is shareable. How can it be shared in such a way that all three parties are satisfied with the portion that they get (they feel like their portion is ...
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How to remove rotten meat odour from the fridge?

My friend forgot to trash meat from the fridge before the long school holiday. After 3 weeks I returned to find the bad rotten meat left inside the fridge. Currently, I am alone in the house so ...
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How can I know if oatmeal is with milk or water?

At the cafeteria in my workplace, they serve oatmeal. I like oatmeal, but not with milk. How I can check if it is with milk or water without tasting it? There is nobody to ask.
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Efficient life hack to peel a jicama

The jicama (yam bean) is a delicious snack. But peeling one is not the most pleasant experience. It can be quite time consuming. The fact that the peel contains a fat-soluble organic toxin (...
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How to stop cups sticking to placemats

If I ever have a drink and there is a bit of moisture on the bottom of the cup, then it sticks to the placemat, often without me knowing. Then when I lift the cup up to take a drink, the placemat ...
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How can I keep washed salad for a long time?

It's obviously much easier to buy pre-washed salad. I often get it in plastic bags or boxes, marked "ready to eat." The problem is that in a few days, the salad is usually in horrible condition. Some ...
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How can I get all the applesauce out of the jar?

Where I live, all of the brands of commercially-available applesauce that I've found come in irregularly shaped jars. There's a narrow section in the middle of the jar which makes it hard to reach the ...
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How to keep food fresh without a refrigerator [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a way of keeping vegetables and fruits fresh without using a refrigerator. basically food like potatoes, tomatoes, bananas ...
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How to maximize total apple/pear volume in a space limited bag?

My grocery store frequently has a special on pears and apples where you fill the bag for a set price and I'm never quite sure how well I've done maximizing the contents. My restrictions and (limited) ...
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Sharing grocery costs and responsibility

I've just started living with a partner for the first time and we share all our food shopping. I am constantly finding myself not knowing what food is in the cupboard (when at the shop) and who owes ...
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How to remove oil without soap while washing?

How do i clean the oil off my lunch box after just finishing eating my lunch, without utensil soap at my disposal ?
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What things can i use to make it a scrambed egg while still in the shell [closed]

I really want to know please? Scrambled eggs are delicious and tasty, I want to eat hard boiled egg too! What can it be taste like if I add the two? Iwant to learn
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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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How to level a paella

A paella is just a big pan, used tipically in spanish dishes (it is also the name of one of the dishes, but that is beyond the point). It looks like this: The dishes prepared there are usually ...
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Fishbone stuck in throat [closed]

I have had a fishbone stuck in my throat for 4 months. I have visited a medical center for treatment but the doctor said there is no visible fishbone in my throat, but it's already been 4 months I ...
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Slowdown digestion for a 30 hour journey?

I have a long flight journey, followed and preceded by lengthy bus journeys ahead and would like to have a stable stomach and intestines until I reach my destination home. I do not like public toilets,...
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Refreshing and preserving crackers

After opening a packet of crackers, I store in a zip-lock bag to keep them from getting moist. But that's not good enough, and they still lose their crispness. What’s a good way to refresh them? ...
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How do I bend cheese? [closed]

My friend told me that cheese could be bent and there is foldable cheese. I've tried folding it but it breaks, I tried heating it slightly but it still breaks. How can I fold cheese? Thanks.
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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 Dry Small, Freshly-Washed Produce (Blueberries, Raspberries, Grapes, etc.)

I love fresh blueberries, but I hate wet fruit. After I wash them I usually dry them by spreading them out on paper towels, putting another paper towel on top, and rolling it around over them. Is ...
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How can you get algae out of of a glass bottle?

I have a few glass bottles for drinking water. I accidentally left one out of the fridge for a while when it was almost empty. Some algae has grown at the bottom. I don't have a bottle-brush to clean ...
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How to protect food from fungi

Most of the things we buy from the market like bread, sweets and much more, get in contact with the air and grow fungi. This results in having to throw out these products. How can we remove the ...
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Remove almonds skin

Almonds are protein rich and I'm eating them daily, but it's really hard to remove it's skin. Is there any any easiest way to remove skin from almonds?
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Keeping small containers cool on long trip

Writing this out makes me realize how strange it is, but here it goes anyways. I'm going to be visiting another city where they have a store that sells vitamins and supplements that are inexpensive. I ...
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Replacement for a sheet pan

I have some of those frozen dinners that you cook in the oven (they can be cooked in the microwave but the quality is crap comparatively). The directions say to put the dinner on a sheet pan and place ...
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How do I avoid ants from eating up all my sweets?

Every time mumma prepares, there is always an ant attack on it. Well I have been suggested vinegar, but then that gives a stick. Is there any better, efficient, inexpensive way of avoiding ants?
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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 can I untie this knot?

Common packages of potatoes in Sweden are sown shut with the knot shown in the picture below. As a child my father once showed me how to untie it by grabbing one or two ends of it and it would untie ...
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How to get most of my free drink? [closed]

I feel we all have been in similar situation: I am at a restaurant on my lunch break. The waiter tells me, that if I buy soup + main dish combo, I get a free drink. Obviously, I agree with this. But ...
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How to open oysters safe without oyster knife & glove?

I've done some research but I noticed there are some ways to open an oyster. Some either try it with a screwdriver but there is a chance the oyster might get damaged. (You also preferably need a glove ...
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How can I protect myself from oil splatter on my hand/wrist/arm?

How can I protect myself from oil splatter on my hand/wrist/arm? A little splash now and then is fine, but when frying something particularly oily like fish some of these splashes hurt! It also seems ...
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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 do I know if a bread is whole grain (without the label)?

I wonder whether it is possible to know if a bread is whole grain, without looking the label (since sometimes I don't have it, e.g., restaurant). Color can give a hint: but is not always reliable.
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Remove ants from honey

I have this bottle of very good honey. I was not able to use more than a few teaspoonfuls in the past few days. Today when I opened the bottle I see small ants have entered the bottle and floating in ...
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Low tech solution to crush chicken bones effortlessly

I am looking for ideas for some kind of device that I could build from simple elements (wood, stainless steel screws, bolt for axle) and possibly some woodworking (I have a router) in order to assist ...
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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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How to determine if expired food is still good without eating [closed]

If you're like me, then buying a new box of cracker or a new bag of sealed chips is not your first option, even if it's expired. Instead, you may just eat it and risk getting sick. So I am looking for ...
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Is there a better way of transporting bagels to work?

I take a bagel to work every day. I wrap it in a plastic bag, but this isn't great, it usually gets a bit squashed in my backpack. Is there something that I could use to transport my bagel to work ...
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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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How can I eat salad without making a mess?

I often eat in a cafeteria with a salad bar. Given the order in which they lay out the ingredients, I start with lettuce or spinach, then add other vegetables and ingredients on top. The plates they ...
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How to rid steelware of metallic taste

Most of the time I bring food to work, and I usually bring utensils to eat it with, but sometimes I forget and have to use some of the steelware we have at work. However, the steelware has a strong ...
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How can I eat my bagel when I lack a knife to cut it?

I brought a bagel into the office for breakfast, but the only knife in the office sharp enough to cut bagels has gone missing. I tried to shove it into the toaster anyways, but it was too big. I've ...
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How to clean food coloring off skin?

With the holidays coming up, I decided to do some baking. The recipes asked for food coloring to be used in the dough. This means the color was kneaded into it and I failed to wear gloves. As a ...
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Is there a way that I will not get sleepy after lunch while on my job? [closed]

It's been like a tough afternoon everyday. I feel like I want to go to bed and have a nice long sleep. What's happening? Did I eat too much at lunch?
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How to clean floor if there is cooking-oil spilled on it?

I accidentally spilled cooking oil all over my floor(tiles). I tried washing my floor with water and then wiping it with dry cloth but it gets even worse. How can I effectively clean up the cooking ...
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When shopping for bulk food, how to get a whole-whatever-you're-getting and not a bunch of crumbs?

When buying food from a bulk section, I hate getting the little bits of crumbled off pieces. For example if I’m buying walnuts, I like a full walnut, not a little broken off edge. Does that make sense?...