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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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I want to fry meat but I don't have oil, unfortunately there's no near store in my location [closed]

Is there something that I can do if I ran out of oil and I wanted to fry some meat? Assuming that: The only food that I have is meat. There's no near store in my current location
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How do I avoid veggies going soft after freezing?

We do eat a lot of capsicums and courgettes, but during the winter, the prices for those tend to shoot through the roof. So we typically buy them in summer while they're cheap and then chop them up ...
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Which leftover pizza is stored best without a fridge?

If I'm getting a pizza, but don't have a fridge to store the leftovers, what's the best way to go about it?
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How do I easily divide dough into thirds?

I occasionally find myself with a lump of dough which I want to divide into three equally sized pieces (like for making 3 pizza bases). I could weigh it but it typically means getting the scales out ...
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natural way to reverse tooth decay fast [closed]

Most people would run to a dentist to solve their tooth decay problem if their tooth is severely decaying, however I'm looking for a natural way that works to help restore teeth. Some people have ...
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Alternative to using an egg [closed]

What else can be used as a substitute to an egg? Example: If I was going to bake a cake and one of the ingredients is to use 1 egg, what can be used if I don't have any eggs?
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Easier way to remove the stem from a strawberry?

I always have trouble pulling off the stem from my strawberries. Is their a better way to take the stem off without leaving part of the stem still on? Maybe some sort of household tool I can use?
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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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How to quickly thaw accidentally frozen milk?

Some spots in my refrigerator are colder than others, and sometimes I accidentally put milk in a spot that is cold enough to freeze it. Now I have a gallon or half-gallon of frozen milk, and want to ...
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Ways to avoid headaches while cooking [closed]

I have recently started to learn how to cook. Whenever I am trying to make a chapati or to cook a vegetable, I start experiencing an acute headache, most likely because of the steam or maybe the flame ...
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Quick and dirty substitute for cream in coffee?

Has anyone found a palatable substitute for cream/creamer in coffee? I can't count how many times I've made up a cup of coffee, only to realize in horror that I don't have any cream/creamer. This ...
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How do I clean the bottom of a gas grill?

What is the best way to clean the bottom of a gas grill? Wire brushes apparently work for the grilling surface. The metal grid that touches the food. But when that is cleaned, the gunk falls into the ...
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How do I make sure no wire bristles are in or around my grill before I use it?

This article describes a potentially serious problem from eating food off a grill that has been cleaned using a wire brush. The bristles dislodge from the brush then lodge in the food, then enter the ...
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How to keep something at a cool room temperature?

So it's the middle of summer, and I have some high-cacao dark chocolate, the sort that will start to melt if you so much as look at it funny. I don't want it to melt, but the obvious way to get food ...
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Easy way to crush beans / peanuts?

I am looking for an easy way to crush beans like mongo and black beans, also peanuts. Obviously I can use blender right? But are there any other tools or methods that I can use to crush those kind of ...
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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 best to prolong the shelf life of eggs?

I know of the test to check if an egg is still fresh: However, what techniques are there for keeping eggs fresh for longer?
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How to easily start a fire in a charcoal for grilling without using gas?

Are there any life hacks for starting a fire in a pack of charcoal for grilling without using gas? I do have access to matches, lighters, etc.
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Make a hacksaw blade suitable for use with food

I have some frozen meat that I would like to be able to cut while frozen so that some can be used now and the rest frozen for later use. It's to hard to cut through with a knife, so a saw would be ...
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How do I eat from a bowl without needing to clean it?

Sometimes the morning/night is just too cold for me to get my hands wet or some idiot has damaged the water-main forcing the suburb's water to be cut off until it's fixed. I am wondering if there is ...
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How to store bananas and keep fruit flies away?

I leave bananas out on the counter, I find them surrounded by fruit flies. I can't put them in the fridge since that causes them to ripen quickly. What other options do I have?
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How can I get single portion size amount of sprouts per day, with minimum attention?

For example some seeds (such as lentil seeds) require humid environment and washing ~2 times a day to sprout. How can I get a small portion of sprouts every day, with minimum attention (I'm not around ...
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How to transport single servings of powdered drink mixes

There are lots of drink mixes that come in powdered form: protein powders, meal replacement shake mixes, etc. Usually these come in a big container of powder with a little scoop, and you scoop out ...
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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 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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Thaw out just one piece of meat

I was in a rush and had to put some chicken which was soon to expire into the fridge. Now it's frozen, but it's 600 gram of chicken for just 2 persons split in 3 parts. They are all frozen together. ...
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How can I pit a bowlful of olives? [closed]

I kind of understand how you might remove the stone from one olive but how are mass produced olives pitted but remain intact when I buy them or is it genetically modified somehow? I want to try to pit ...
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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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Makeshift cooler after buying icecream or beverages at the beach

When offering to buy icecream and beverages for me and my friends at the beach, and then discovering that the shop is a little farther away then expected, how do you suggest transporting the icecream ...
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How to easily clean dough remains after baking bread?

I have a strong preference to self made bread. The only issue is that's a dirty job; it leaves dirty hands, a dirty marble working surface, and dirty dishes. How can I clean all of this without ...
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How do I make breakfast when I don't have time to make breakfast? [closed]

I'm usually/always caught up in the morning rush hour and sometimes skip breakfast because I don't have time to cook up something and most importantly because I don't know even a bit about cooking. So ...
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How to make air-free ice?

Air-free ice dilutes drinks less. The naive way is to boil the water. But it seems like a waste of fuel. I have both a stove and microwave. How do I make air-free ice without using as much fuel?
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Getting the stringy stuff off a clementine / tangerine easily?

I have a clementine or tangerine (not sure which but does not matter), I hate to eat the stringy stuff that covers the segments so I spend valuable time peeling it off. Is there a quick way to do ...
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How to open a bottle that won't open [duplicate]

So sometimes when I leave bottles of sauce in the pantry too long, the lid seems to "stick" to the bottle and won't allow me to open it. How can I open the bottle when it doesn't want to open? Below ...
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How can I get rid of the tiny fish-bone stuck in my throat upon eating fish?

My dinner is a fried Milkfish. While I am eating a portion of this fish I feel a tiny bone is stuck near my throat. What are some effective ways of removing this?
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Clean blender as fast as possible, or prevent it from accumulating protein powder residue

I use a Ninja Master Prep blender to mix protein powder or Soylent with water. Is there a way to clean it very quickly? The blades are super sharp and I'd rather avoid having to scrub bits of powder ...
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Stopping My Burning Tongue [duplicate]

People have always claimed that they can completely negate the effects of eating something too spicy, which results in "burning" your tongue, where people will either drink cold water or cold milk. ...
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How to transport liquids without spilling?

My question is as simple as it sounds. With the liquid filled to the top of an open container; How to transport liquids in open containers without spilling? Specifically if I prepare myself a ...
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How can I make an improvised vegetable steamer?

My first thought was to use a colander over a pan but then I realised I don't have a colander. For my straining needs I use the inside of this pasta pan (on left). I thought about using that. But the ...
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What can be used besides rice to keep moisture out of salt?

Often, rice is in salt dispensers to prevent moisture from making the salt become clumpy and possibly get stuck in a shaker. What else can be used to get the same effect?
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How to keep leftover pizza tasting fresh

Whenever I order pizza, I always have some leftovers. I'll usually have them in the next day or two, but they never taste as good. I don't know if it's how I store the pizza (in aluminum foil in the ...
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How to warm a meal when camping or in the wild

Can you give me an advice how to warm a meal which I carry in a jar or in a can when I go somewhere on camping or on tents in the wild. I don't want to carry heavy things like gas bottles, a pan or ...
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Replacement For Slow Cooker

I bought a cookbook a few hours ago and I have just realized that I need a slow cooker. I don't have one and I do not have the money to buy one (I'm saving up money). What is a good replacement for a ...
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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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Keep the tea bag underwater while microwaving

When I'm in a hurry, I make tea by heating up a cup of water in the microwave for 2 or 2 minutes, then steeping a bag of tea. The problem is, the tea bag floats, so if I leave it in the cup while ...
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How to store ice cream so that it is easy to scoop

Whenever I eat ice cream (store bought), I have to work really hard to get it into my bowl. It always freezes when I put it in the freezer and makes it very tiresome to scoop. What are some good ways ...
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How to quickly peel a bag of potatoes

There have been several times that I have had to make a huge potato salad or a lot of mashed potatoes in a short amount of time. I usually have to use an entire bag of potatoes (I have a big family). ...
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What is the perfect microwaving time for my food?

Ever since I started working in this company I'm taking my lunch (leftovers of the dinner last night) to the office in a microwavable container, because we have a small kitchen including a microwave. ...
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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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How to cut open a pita bread?

I recently tried making a pita sandwich type thing, naturally it didn't go anywhere near as well as it did in the link I provided. This is mainly due to the fact I couldn't cut open or separate the ...