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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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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 ...