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 to keep bread fresher for longer

How do you keep bread fresh (lasting to/beyond the actual expiration date quoted on the packaging) as the bread I purchase always goes stale/moldy within a couple of days of opening. I've heard that ...
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When should I remove popcorn from the microwave?

I'd like to know exactly when to remove popcorn from the microwave. If I leave it in a little longer, a few more kernels will pop, but I might burn the popcorn. if I take it out too early I may leave ...
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Find out if an egg is boiled or not without cracking it

How to find if and egg is not boiled before cracking it. If I have boiled several eggs and after that someone have mixed them with other not boiled eggs, how can I separate them. Of course I don't ...
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How to improvise a mesh tea strainer or filter?

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. This differs from my other question because I'...
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How to cook without using electricity or gas?

What are the legal methods of cooking which doesn't involve electricity or gas (or at least without paying for it)? I'm looking for life hacks which allows me to cook by using alternative source of ...
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How do I apply cold solid spreads (butter/cheese) evenly on breads/sandwiches in a short time?

There are some situations where I struggle to apply cold solid butter, which is hard to spread on breads/sandwiches. I usually cut it in small pieces, put it between the pieces of bread and microwave ...
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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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How can I confirm if meat is cooked without a thermometer?

We all know meat should reach a certain temperature whilst cooking before we eat it. This temperature is 160-165°F for most meats. But what if I don't have a thermometer? How can I reliably confirm ...
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Mixing coffee without a spoon

I often encounter a situation where I have coffee, hot water, sugar, and Styrofoam cups, but no spoon. How do I effectively mix the ingredients?
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How to boil milk without a pot?

How to boil milk for a cup of coffee without a pot? Kettle sounds reasonable, but it's difficult to clean it after use.
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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 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 to boil an egg using an electric kettle without a mess?

Boiling eggs in a kettle is a fast and convenient way to cook them, especially if you don't have access to a full kitchen and proper pans for frying an egg (e.g. hotel room). But usually what happens, ...
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How do I prevent peanut butter from getting on the handle of the knife?

Whenever the peanut butter jar is half-full or less, I end up with peanut butter on the knife handle. It seems inevitable that the handle will touch the edge of the jar each time you dig deep. In ...
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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 to keep water from boiling over?

It's very common to boil something (e.g. pasta) and then after few minutes you hear the hissing sound of water boiling over and your whole kitchen is a mess. How do you stop the water from boiling ...
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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 cut onion into small cubes?

Do you know any tricks how to cut the onion into small cubes? I've tried many times, but my girlfriend always complains that they're too big:) Similar: How can I cut onions without tearing up?
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How to fry potato so that it becomes crispy without an oven or a fryer?

After cutting the potatoes I put them in boiling oil in a pan and then mix them while they get cooked, but it takes like an hour and they hardly become crispy. I don't have an oven so all I can use ...
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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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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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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 to seal the plastic bags airtight after opening without using rubber band?

There are many instances where I open food packets, but am unable to close it airtight after taking out some content. Food packets means, packet of noodles, biscuits, snacks, chips, etc. This ...
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How to keep sticky foods from sticking to measuring cups?

I cook a lot and anyone with cooking experience knows that many foods (honey, molasses, etc) stick to the inside of the measuring cups or food pan, in general. These foods include honey, and other ...
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Get the rest of the mayo from the jar?

You, know when you've almost used up the jar of mayonnaise, but there is still a bit more left on the sides of the jar, and on the bottom... What is the best way to obtain that last bit of mayo from ...
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How can I keep guacamole from turning brown?

Even though a I put plastic wrap over a bowl of guacamole, it seems it's never tight enough, and the top layer of the guacamole turns brown, which sometimes changes the taste. Is there any way I can ...
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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 to measure food without proper measuring equipment?

I bake and cook a lot of food in general, but one problem I always seem to have is that I never have all of my measuring utensils with me. This presents some problems: How much is a ounce, cup, pint ...
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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 heat up burritos, without the frozen middle

When I put a burrito in the mirowave, (I put a paper towel around it), it comes out with the middle frozen. I need a way to prevent this. So far, I have tried: Heating them up longer, making them ...
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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 neatly serve cranberry sauce?

Christmas is coming up, and I generally help by opening the cranberry sauce: I generally open the can on one end -- the bottom, which is not raised -- with a can opener. When I flip the can over, it ...
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How can I drain the water from a saucepan of pasta without a colander?

I sometimes find myself having to cook pasta without a colander. When it is cooked and I want to get rid of the water, I generally just hold the lid over the pan with a slight opening for the water to ...
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Homemade dehydrator without using the oven

I would like a dehydrator, but rather than spending a few twenties on a cheap one that's going to break after a couple uses, I would rather save up for one that lasts for years. The only alternative ...
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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 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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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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How to make neat, round pancakes

Whenever I make pancakes, I can never make them very circular. My pancakes always end up looking deformed and barely like a circle. I've tried just pouring the batter (which didn't work) and using a ...
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How to keep chewing gum's flavor?

After a while, the flavor from chewing gum goes away. Sometimes I will add another stick and keep chewing and other times I will swallow and then get another piece (maybe later), but both of these ...
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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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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 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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My LPG runs out while I am cooking, what should I do now?

I am living by myself, and sometimes my LPG (liquefied petroleum gas - a fuel tank) will run out of gas while I am still cooking and in need of it. This results in an unfinished food. I am hungry and ...
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How do I chew bubble gum if I am wearing dental braces?

As the title says, how can I chew gum if I am wearing braces. This is a big problem for me, because every time I chew a gum it sticks in my braces and it is a real nightmare for me. Sometimes I just ...
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How can I quickly cool coffee to a drinkable temperature?

Most of the time before going to work I really enjoy eating my breakfast while watching some documentary, but then I notice that I am quite late so I will hurry to eat my breakfast. Then the problem ...
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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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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 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 to spread or melt hard butter

After taking the butter out of the fridge, it's cold and is very hard. How can I spread the butter while it's cold and hard, or melt it in order to spread it?
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How do I avoid the crumbs at the bottom of the cereal box?

Whenever a cereal box is close to empty, you come up with all the crumbs that have settled to the bottom. When pouring that last bowl of cereal, I really prefer to get the cornflakes, not the ...