Questions tagged [kitchen]

Hacks related to objects and activities in the kitchen, including cleaning and maintenance. Note that cooking is off-topic.

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Tricks for opening very tight jars

What are some tricks for opening seemingly impossible-to-open glass jars, like the one pictured below? ATTEMPT: I have tried twisting as hard as I can, but clearly that hasn't worked so far. I have ...
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How do I fill a hot water urn that doesn't fit in the sink?

I have a large container (a hot water urn) that I need to fill with water. I don't have access to a hose, unfortunately, so that is not an option. I did also try stuffing the urn in the sink, but ...
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How to clean inside of straw

I have a plastic cup from a company I used to work at. I like this cup and it's very convenient for me to be able to drink water with the straw, so I use this very often. However, after longtime use, ...
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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 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 remove the cork from a wine bottle when I don't have a corkscrew?

How can I remove the cork from a wine bottle, without it falling into the wine, when I don't have a corkscrew? I'm not talking about flanged corks, or corks that partially protrude from the bottle ...
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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 remove smell from a new water bottle?

The new bottle has got a weird smell. I kept the bottle without lid from some time but that didn't help much. It is a plastic bottle. I washed it with plain water. What is a quick solution to ...
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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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Make suction cups suck

I want to attach some suction cups to a surface, such as a ceramic tile. The suction cups tend to stick for a little while, but inevitably fall off sooner or later, possibly due to microscopic pores ...
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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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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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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 do I separate 2 drinking glasses that are stuck?

So, I have two glasses that are stuck together. How can I separate them without damaging them? I have already tried this but it didn't work, as the glasses are really thick: First, drizzling ...
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How can I not burn my hands in hot water when doing dishes?

Every time I do the dishes by hand, I scald my hands, but if I use cold water, the dishes don't get clean. This is extremely inconvenient, especially when I need to clean them fast, rather than ...
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Prevent Smelly Sponges

Our daily dish washing sponge starts smelling awful within a few days of use. How do you prevent that? I would hope they'd last at least a couple weeks. We use Scotch-Brite Greener Clean for non-stick....
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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 do I pour from a mug without having it drip so much?

Pouring things from a mug or similar container almost always seem to end up in dripping; some containers fare better than others, though. A mug is terrible, most coffee pots are okay-ish, but I've ...
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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 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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Best method of getting a wine label off a wine bottle?

In the "old days" wine labels used to soak off in warm water, presumably because they used plain paper and a water-based glue. Nowadays 99.34% of labels are of the self-adhesive variety, laser-cut ...
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Remove ice from freezer / keeping it clean

So, my freezer looks currently like in the image below, it has an ice sheet on all the walls. Other than in this image, my freezer has drawers that start to be tricky to open and close. Now, I know ...
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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 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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Removing mold from walls without use of harmful chemicals

I have mold in the corner of my kitchen. Usually remove it with mold-removing chemical products like bleach spray and it work perfectly. But recently some people told me these chemicals are harmful ...
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How to kill the stink in an unplugged refrigerator?

There is a refrigerator that has been left with food in it and without electricity for some time, opening the door is 'unpleasant'. It either needs to be cleaned and restored to service or it needs ...
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How can I maximize my refrigerator space when storing so many foods?

Are there any lifehacks where I can maximized the space or capacity of my refrigerator so it can store foods? This question specifically points to the body part of the refrigerator and it focuses on ...
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Cleaning Narrow Spaces in Kitchen

My oven sits in between two countertops with perhaps 1/2 inch of total wiggle room, which means that I have two roughly 1/4 inch gaps that are ~36in deep in which all manner of crumbs and food mess ...
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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 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 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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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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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 can one remove burned food from the inside of a pot?

Heated up a pot of milk (apparently the heat setting was too high). However, the milk burned to the bottom (inside) of the pot. How can this be removed? Tried so far: Elbow grease with brush Elbow ...
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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 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 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 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 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 to “recharge” sodium acetate hand warmer without a stove?

I have a pretty standard hand warmer with the metal discs in them to activate them - I did some research and found out that they are Sodium Acetate hand warmers and the disc is used to 'freeze' the ...
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How do I keep saran wrap (plastic wrap, cling wrap) from clinging to itself?

To tenderize meat, I first place it between two sheets of saran wrap, and then beat it with a meat tenderizer mallet. It's not wrapped tightly, else the wrap would just break when you hammered it. ...
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Stained fridge from dry-erase markers

Does anyone know of a way to remove stains caused from dry-erase markers? I was using the side of my fridge as a whiteboard and it seemed to work fine at first... but I left what I wrote up on the ...
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How can I remove impurities from water easily when my water purifier is not working? [closed]

There are some situation where I have to face this problem when my water purifier is not working properly. So what I can do so that I can remove impurities from water. There are some issues with water ...
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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 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 store cans in a cupboard

We have lots of cans of food in our cupboard - different kinds of beans, corn, etc. They are all the same size, your standard size can of black beans or whatever that you can find at your local ...
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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 is an easy way to drain a can of tuna?

Is there any easy way of draining a can of tuna without special tools, or a strainer? I'm talking about a normal (in the US) 5oz can of tuna. Not the huge ones at costco.
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How to unblock a blocked drain without acids/chemicals?

Is there a way to unblock a totally blocked drain (especially kitchen) without using acids or strong chemicals? I like to avoid acids and chemicals in general for many reasons, one of them is the ...
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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 ...