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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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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 ...
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How to make washed fruit last longer in the refrigerator?

Say I washed a bag of grapes, set it in a glass bowl, and left it in the refrigerator. Given time, the grapes will become soft and rotten. I've tried draining the water completely, but this doesn't ...
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What is the quickest way to defrost a frozen chicken breast?

I keep store-bought chicken in the freezer, and usually defrost it in the refrigerator for ~36 hours before cooking the chicken. But this method requires me to decide 36 hours in advance when I would ...
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What's the easiest way to peel frozen ginger?

Ginger root is an absolute pain to peel, especially when it's frozen which is the best way to keep it from getting moldy if you don't use it very often. Other than a paring knife and a lot of ...
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How do I open a can without a can opener?

Sometimes I'm camping and my food is in a can but I am without a can opener. How do I neatly open the can? Bashing it with a rock is futile.
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How do I open a bottle without a bottle opener?

There are times, when out camping, that a beverage is trapped in a capped bottle and I don't have an opener. How do I open the bottle, preferably with some item I might have in my pockets?
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How do I eat pomegranates? [closed]

Pomegranates. How do they work? All those tiny seeds and waxy, bitter parts covering them. How do I eat them without a mouthful of seeds and bad taste?
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 keep from squirting myself with ketchup whenever I use ketchup packets?

When eating lunch at my desk in the office I'll be squeezing some ketchup packets out onto my sandwich wrapper so that I can dip my fries in the ketchup, and eventually, without fail, one of them will ...
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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 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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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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How to clean up spilt sugar?

Today, while making a cup of coffee at a fundraising event, I spilt some sugar on a hard floor. We had no dustpan and brush or vacuum, so effectively, we resorted to picking up the sugar from the ...
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Any hacks for peeling garlic?

I have tried smashing the garlic with a knife and even bought a fancy garlic peeler once. Smashing with a knife has the downside of deforming the garlic which is not always desirable. The garlic ...
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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 can I cut onions without tears? [duplicate]

When onions are cut, people's eyes tend to tear up. What can be done to avoid this?
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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 ...